Unspeakable Joy Devotional

May 5th

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Moses in the basket. The picture here is a woman named Chermayne, that my friend, Donna and I met while in South Carolina. These baskets are a heritage brought over from Africa and are still being made in South Carolina today. These baskets called sweetgrass baskets are made from grasses in South Carolina and one of them is called bulrush grass. What is interesting is the bulrush grass is the same grass used in making the basket that Moses was placed in. I thought it was fitting to remember the story of Moses in the basket:

Exodus 2:1-10 “Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl 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. And 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.”

God had a plan to save a baby boy named Moses, who would later grow up to be a great leader of the Hebrew people. We are totally dependent on God to rescue us from the clutches of Satan. It’s God alone that sets us free from the sin in our hearts. He did it by dying for us on the cross. God took the punishment that our sins deserve, and now when we confess and repent of our sin we are forgiven. God saved Moses, God saves us too, and we can trust God to protect us.

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