BE IN THE WORD (This Week’s Verses):
Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said. Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.” (Exodus 2:5-10)
Be strong and do not give up for your work will be rewarded. (2 Chronicles 15:7)
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
BE EDUCATED (Additional Resources):
- Pharaoh’s Daughter :: Women of the Bible. Bible Gateway has a great background and as detailed a description of her life as we can get.
- Jewish Women’s Archive. Another great perspective on her.
BE DOERS, NOT JUST HEARERS (Practical Application):
- What are you drawing up out of the water? What is the river you go to everyday, and what may be hiding in the reeds, waiting for you to draw it up? It might be a neighbor who needs a listening ear, a classroom that needs a tutor, a cashier that needs a smile and a sincere “how are you?” Open your eyes to see what may be hiding in the reeds as you go about your daily activities, and be willing to draw it up.
- Who do you need to stand up to? Pharaoh’s daughter had a moral compass that knew right from wrong when faced with finding Moses in the river. She instinctively knew to save him, knowing immediately he was “the wrong kind of people,” and knowing the law her father had laid down. Yet she was willing to stand up to him for what she knew was right. Is there someone in your life that you need to stand up to? Maybe it’s a friend who’s engaging in immoral activity outside her marriage; maybe it’s a family member who engages in talk that is derogatory about different kinds of people. You don’t have to be brash, aggressive, ugly or angry – but be willing to take a stand for what you know is right.
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