Dr. Rebecca Ng’ang’a preached on Mothers’ Day from Exodus 2:1-10. The Israelites are facing dark times. A new king, unaware of the great blessing Joseph had been to Egypt many years before, decrees that all Hebrew boys should be thrown into the Nile at birth. A Levite woman gives birth to a son, “When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him…. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile” (Exodus 2:2-3).
Moses’ mother was truly a liberated woman and was not willing to let her son fall victim to the orders of Pharaoh. Liberation gives ‘sight’ and this enabled her to look for an alternative. When Pharaoh’s daughter sees the floating basket, “She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying and she felt sorry for him” (Exodus 2:6). Her motherly instincts overcame the fear of disobeying her father’s commands, which could bear tragic consequences. Again, another demonstration of a liberated mind. Moses’ sister, watching nearby, is also a liberated young woman that is not defined by her circumstances, and dares to ask Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” (Exodus 2:7). The result is that Moses’ mother nurses the baby and is even paid for her services! More importantly, Moses was used by God to liberate the Israelites from captivity.
This beautiful story demonstrates how three liberated women shaped destiny. A liberated person has a healthy sense of self and has a reasonable response to the key questions of life: Who am I? Where am I going? Why am I here? These answers can only be found in the Word of God. We conform to God’s character and become highly confident individuals who can be used by God to change mankind.
Do you find yourself struggling with the key questions of life? Immerse yourself in God’s Word and you will be victorious.
Dear God, liberate me from conforming to the patterns of the world so that I may look at things from a fresh perspective.