“She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”
Pharaoh was a cruel and strict king. He wanted the Israelites to work as slaves and build big palaces and temples for him. One day, Pharaoh realised that the Israelites were becoming more than the Egyptians.
“The Israelites are slaves,” Pharaoh said to himself. “If they become too many, they will start a rebellion and overthrow my ruler ship. I will find a way to get rid of them.”
Pharaoh called his advisors together, and they wrote a law that said every Hebrew boy younger than two years old had to be fed to the crocodiles in the Nile.
There was a young Hebrew woman who had just had a baby boy. She did not want the soldiers to kill her son, so she made a basket from reeds, and covered it with sticky tar to make it waterproof. She told her daughter Miriam to take the basket down to the Nile, and hide it between the reeds.
Miriam carried her baby brother down to the Nile, and placed his basket on the water. She hid close by where she could watch the basket.
Suddenly, a big Egyptian boat passed by and it caused big waves. The baby and his basket drifted further away from the shore. Miriam could not catch it in time! The basket was already floating downstream.
“Oh, Lord! Please protect my brother,” Miriam prayed.
The basket tossed and turned in the waves, and crocodiles swam around it — snapping their jaws.
Then, the basket drifted into a quiet part of the river, right in front of Pharaoh’s palace! The Egyptian princess saw the basket, and told one of her servants to fetch it for her.
When she opened the basket, she saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him.
Miriam came closer and said, “Princess, I know a Hebrew woman who would be able to care for this baby.”
“Go and fetch her,” said the princess. “I will call this baby Moses, because I drew him out of the water.”
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Memorize: “She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.” ” Exodus 2:10