Friday, April 24, 2009

River of Refuge

1 Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. 3 When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. 4 And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. 5 Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. 6 When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, "This is one of the Hebrews’ children." 7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, "Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?" 8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, "Go." So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, "Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages."
Exodus 2:1-9, English Standard Version

River of Refuge

I am sure that most of you are familiar with the story of Moses in the Bulrushes. What importance did a river play in this situation? Not only is this story true, but it is filled with lessons for the Christian life. I would like to answer three questions from this Bible passage in Exodus 2. First, what part did Moses play in this story? Second, what part did the river play in this story? Third, how can we best apply this story to our lives today?

What part did Moses play in this story? Moses was just an infant, only a few weeks old; in spite of the terror around him, he was totally oblivious to his situation, and powerless to do anything about it. God, however, had plans for Moses. In desperation to save his life, Moses' mother made a waterproof basket and placed Moses in the river, charging Miriam, Moses' sister with watching him to see what would happen.

What part did the river play in this story? The river became, for Moses, a river of refuge. It was no longer safe for him to be at home where the Egyptian soldiers were putting all the male babies to death in obedience to Pharaoh's plan for population control for the Israelites. His mother saw the river as Moses' only hope for survival.

How can we best apply this story to our lives today? As Christians, we are babes in Christ. Though we think we have complete charge over our own lives, it is truly God, our Father, who leads and guides us in the way He would have us to go. Truly, we are as clueless as Baby Moses when it comes to ordering our future. God, just as Moses' mother, places us in our own rivers of refuge. Oh yes, adversities do come and rock our boats, but we are never out of the grasp of our dear heavenly Father's hand.

As you go about your duties of this day, remember that God is watching over you in your own river of refuge!

God Bless You,

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