PROVERBS 15:16 Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
I suppose we've all on occasion, at some time in our lives, wished for more than we had. Often it's when some trouble arrives that we then pray for the good ole days when life was simpler, or something was anyway. At least that's how we've remembered it. One important key though, in getting through the heartaches to the happiness and joy is in being prepared. GOD will, if we allow, prepare us for the road ahead. Only HE knows what lies in our future and only HE can prepare us for what it holds.
This was no truer than in the days after Joseph, when another Pharaoh ruled Egypt. He "set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens". Even commanding, "every son that is born ye shall cast into the river....". How terrifying for a parent. Yet if they refused and tried to hide their sons, they as well were in danger of being put to death. They had little choice; but little choice is all they needed with GOD.
EXODUS 2:1-3 And there went out a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. And when she could no longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.
Here is a most remarkable act of faith. Moses' mother was certainly not acting out of fear for Pharaoh. No, it was all the other way! She feared the LORD and by faith and faith alone, hid the babe three months, then put him in the crib and laid it in the river. We know this to be the case because of the later testimony in HEBREWS.
HEBREWS 11:23 NIV By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.
Similar to when Abraham had laid his son upon the altar, so was Moses' mother able to lay her son in the river, because she knew GOD would be there to take care of him. In fact, it was just as true that if she hadn't of placed him in the river because of fear, she may well have lost him to Pharaoh's butchers. How this reminds us of the truth Yeshua (Jesus) taught His disciples.
MATTHEW 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
What an apparent contradiction of thought and yet one of the most revealing truths taught by our Lord. We seldom really begin to enjoy life until we begin to live for the Lord and pursue HIS purpose for our lives. Until that decision is made, we so often waste the gift GOD has given us to so richly enjoy. The more we selfishly guard our lives, our possessions and our time, the more the fullness and richness of life seems to evade us. What GOD has given us is meant to be shared with others. Whether it's our children, our talents, our knowledge or our prosperity, if GOD has given them to us, it's our responsibility to steward them to the glory of GOD.
To sight, Moses' mother had lost her son, yet GOD is over-ruling in a most magnificent way.
EXODUS 2:4-6 And his [the baby's] sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him. And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept...
With the tiny tear of a babe, GOD would save Israel's millions from the hand of Pharaoh. We are about to see what some might call an extraordinary set of coincidences. But to us, we know this was simply the power of GOD working out HIS own purposes. At the precise time that "Pharaoh's daughter came down to wash", at the same time "her maidens walked along the river side", it was exactly then that "she saw the ark among the flags".
What prompted her to send and fetch it? Perhaps she had her own purpose, but GOD was over-ruling with HIS.
EXODUS 2:6-8 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrew's children. Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, shall I go and call for thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother.
Dare we say that Moses' sister and mother masterminded this whole chain of events? Only if we believe not that GOD over-rules, that GOD has a purpose and is not leaving that purpose to the will and fancy of man. How could his parents hide him for three months by faith, and then by chance push him into the river and hope Pharaoh's daughter would find him and return him unknowingly to his own mother? No, GOD is again showing us that regardless of how the odds are stacked, HIS purposes are always accomplished.
EXODUS 2:9-10 And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child and nursed it. And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
Isn't that something? Moses' mother obeyed GOD and feared not Pharaoh. She hid her son for three months and then carefully released him into the river. How did GOD reward her for her obedience? By having her son returned to her under the authority of Pharaoh's daughter and then being paid for raising the child which was her own in the first place.
GOD over-ruled Moses' life from being hid from Pharaoh three months at birth to eventually being raised as his grandson. Then Moses fled from him into Median, only to return to rescue all of Israel from another Pharaoh's evil clutch.
Many think that GOD raised Moses up so as to be able to deal with mighty Pharaoh. The truth is more the other way! GOD raised Pharaoh up to deal with Moses, so that GOD could show HIS own omnipotent power in this babe. This is exactly what GOD has recorded for us in ROMANS 9:17, but also what HE had Moses tell Pharaoh to his face.
EXODUS 9:13-16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.
For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth. And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to show in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
Pharaoh might well have thought that by his own brilliance he had come to rule Egypt. Perhaps he had won it in some great battle according to his own purpose. But GOD was over-ruling to HIS own purpose.
There is so much talk about the great Pharaohs of Egypt and their Pyramids. Yet one Pharaoh probably gained Egypt's wealth through the purpose of GOD in Joseph, while another Pharaoh lost Egypt's riches through the purpose of GOD in Moses. GOD must sometimes smile at the foolishness of man when he thinks he is able to cause significant change in the world.
Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt the selfsame day GOD had promised Abraham 430 years earlier that HE would (EXODUS 12:41). GOD's purpose of the ages was to bring about the promised Redeemer and HE was continuing to do just that.
It is here also that we see the purpose of Satan in over-ruling man. We see him here having every male child killed by Pharaoh just as he did later by Herod. We see him trying to starve out Jacob and his sons with a famine. We see him trying to thwart Abraham and Sarah from having Isaac. And we see him having Cain kill Abel. All his efforts are an attempt to destroy the Christ-line.
Each time the seed slipped through his fingers and the thread continued. Each time his plan was better laid than the last time, his success seemed more imminent, yet each time he failed more miserably. He failed because only GOD knows the end even from before the beginning. Before HE sets an age in motion, HE already knows how it will end.
Like as Joseph was rejected by his brethren, then went to the Gentiles and finally returned to his brethren, so it was with Moses. His brethren rejected him also, so he fled to Median to live with the Gentiles. However, at GOD's time he returned to save his own nation.