God had a wonderful plan for Moses’ life. He planned for Moses to lead His people out of slavery and take them to the Promised Land, back to the land Abraham had been promised. He planned for Moses to write the first five books of the Bible. Moses was so important to God’s plan that Satan wanted to kill him. Why was Pharaoh suddenly afraid that the Hebrews would outnumber the Egyptians just at the time of Moses’ birth? The Hebrews didn’t grow to over a million people overnight–they had been in Egypt for almost 400 years. Why did Pharaoh give up his campaign of killing all the baby boys born to the Hebrews after only a few months? Obviously, once Moses was safely ensconced in the Pharaoh’s own household, Satan gave up on his insidious plan to murder him. Instead, he tried to corrupt Moses and make him ineffective by tempting him to kill. The older children should also be told that Moses’ life is a picture of Jesus, since Satan also tried to kill Jesus when He was born.
I propose that Jochabed, Moses’ mother, was the first to practice Civil Disobedience. Pharaoh had ordered all the baby boys born to the Hebrews to be put into the river. Although she tried to hide Moses for three months, Jochabed ended up doing just what Pharaoh had ordered! She just added a little ingenuity to it. Notice that God does not save Moses until after Jochabed chose to obey the laws of the land. If she had continued to simply try to hide Moses, he would have been discovered eventually and killed. In obeying Pharaoh, she saved her son from Pharaoh’s hand. The irony is just too delicious!
Please note that Moses was allowed to stay in his mother’s home until he was weaned, which would at that time be about three years. Everything he needed to know to give him a firm foundation of faith was taught to him in that time! These preschool years are so important! Encourage the children to learn about God just like Moses did. You’re never too young!