The government pays a mother to nurse her own child

Exodus Bible Background

01.22.2019 – Old Testament: Exo 2.7–9

To read the Bible in a year, read Exodus 1–3 on January 22, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Pharaoh ordered the Hebrew midwives to kill Hebrew boys when they were born. However, they did not do it. Pharaoh then tried another plan, ordering the Hebrews themselves to cast their baby boys into the river to drown. However, the parents of Moses did not drown him in the river, but put him in a basket and the daughter of Pharaoh found him. Also, the sister of Moses followed the basket and when she saw the daughter of Pharaoh take it up, Moses’ sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter something:

Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?” And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the maiden went and called the child’s mother. Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him (Exodus 2.7–9).

How ironic. If Pharaoh’s daughter had known whom she would rear up in this world, she never would have done something so wild as not only taking him as her own, but initially paying his own mother to nurse him. Granted, she may not have known that it was his mother, but Pharaoh’s daughter knew that it was a Hebrew woman.


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