Sunday, December 11, 2011

Symbol 8 - Baby Basket

Follow me
My Jesse Tree
Started December 4th!

The Israelites were enslaved in Egypt and multiplying in number.   As foretold by a prophecy, the Pharaoh feared one of the Israelite boys growing up, threatening the Pharaoh and liberating the Jews.  To prevent this from happening, the Pharaoh ordered all new-born Israelite boys be thrown into the Nile River.

Jochebed, a descendent of Levi, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.  She loved him so much and couldn't bear the thought of him drowning.  She wove a basket in the shape of a tiny boat, covered it with a tar-like substance, and set the basket in the reeds along the Nile River.

This was the place Pharaoh's daughter went to bathe.  When the Princess came to clean herself, she heard a baby cry and asked her handmaidens to bring the basket to her.

The baby became the son of the Pharaoh's daughter.  She named him Moses, which means 'drawn from the water.'

God is always looking out for us, just as he saved the baby in the basket.  God saved Baby Moses, because He had a purpose for Moses.  We all have equal reason for being here, a job to do while we're on Earth.  God needs each one of us to help Him carry out His plan for mankind.  Sometimes we may feel like we don't matter in the grand scheme, but we can't allow ourselves to think that way.     

Today I place on my Jesse Tree the central symbol from this story, a........

Baby Basket

Exodus 2:1-8