In Egypt at this time they had a culture of death. A culture that didn’t care about life and it was reflected in the oppression that Israel faced from the Pharaoh. In fact the Pharaoh mandated that all sons of the Hebrews to be killed in what would’ve been a massive genocide out of fear over their growth. What was ironic out of this culture of death is that they were told to throw their baby boys in the Nile River, which was known to be the very source of life for Egypt. One brave Hebrew woman saw how beautiful her child was and rebelled against this culture of death. She took care of him and hid him amongst the bushes besides the river where the Pharaoh’s daughter happened to come across. She took pity upon that child and had great compassion for him (v. 6). In fact, she called upon her Hebrew servant to nurse him and she then later gave him back to the Pharaoh’s daughter to raise him up and love on him (v. 7-10). This little boy would grow up to become the one God uses to lead His people out of slavery illustrating some of the most powerful examples of the Gospel through the Passover and the Exodus. And it all started when one courageous young girl chose life, when her father was the one helping create the culture of death.
Today we still live in a culture of death. Whether it’s abortion, a disregard/disrespect for the elderly, a culture that doesn’t want to have children. However, as God’s people today, much like the Hebrews at that time, we go against that culture of death to be a people of LIFE. We respect, value and protect ALL human life. This includes children, elderly, special needs and disabilities and even people you may not like or disagree with. We love them all. It’s why we get behind organizations like Compassion and care so passionately about adoption and fostering. It’s why we celebrate baptisms and the new life we receive spiritually through the Gospel of Jesus.
Today’s scripture shows that the Gospel can redeem things in the world that may appear “dead.” Can you imagine how discouraged and hopeless the Hebrew women may have felt hearing that mandate? However, God turned Pharaoh’s own deathly purposes against him when his daughter adopted and saved Moses, the one who will free Israel. Much like Jesus’ death on the cross when Satan tried to use death to defeat us but Christ used it to adopt and save us. Because of that truth, we now have an opportunity to give life, physically and spiritually.
- How do you defend, protect and influence life in a culture of death? What do you need to do more to represent in these areas?
- How can the Gospel motivate us in this area?
By: Erik Koliser