Notes on the Exodus (15)

“Exposing the Exodus”

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

The Faithful Hand of a Sovereign Lord (Chapter 2 Verses 5-8)

God always rewards faith (Hebrews 11:6). Doubtless there would be the mixture of human anxiety, and there would have been prayer for the child long before this became a crisis. However, ultimately we must see the sovereign hand of the Lord in this, even in the princesses actions v5-6. An act of faith of course doesn’t mean we deliberately court danger. That is to put God to the test, or at best fanaticism. I recall being told of a man who had a serious sight problem, he was told in a church meeting that God had healed his defective sight and that he would no longer need his glasses. On his way home he threw his glasses into the river. As you can guess it wasn’t long before he was in trouble. Faith does not tempt God. It is not a lack of faith to use means, even if God assures us of the outcome (Acts 27:31). So the child here was placed in the basket and hidden, all the precautions were taken that were possible. The sovereign Lord did and provided the rest. It was not by accident or chance that the princess came to the river and discovered the child. In a world arranged and ordered by a sovereign God there are no accidents, chances. Everything that falls out in this world is the outworking of what he has decreed in eternity past (Hebrews 2:10). He is behind every scene, he orders everything, the smallest event for his own glory.

The hand of the sovereign Lord is seen also in the compassion in the heart of the princess. Even to causing her to listen to and act upon Miriam’s suggestion v7. We wonder, how did the parents expect God to answer their prayers, were they astonished when the child was placed back into their own care? And why? It was all part of God’s vital plan, not plans, he just has one. It’s only the Pharaoh’s of this world that have to have plans A, B and C. This was an important part of God’s plan. Moses, the child is placed back into the parents care in order for him to be nurtured and trained. Remember Moses is marked out for the leadership of God’s people, it is vital he is taught in prayer and precept by his mother from that young age. Instilling in him an awareness of God, knowing the purpose and word of God. He was sent back home to learn the faith of God’s folk. The same sovereign hand of God is upon us too, preserving us. A preservation order has been slapped upon all of God’s elect children. There is Divine safe-guarding here v9, illustrating that God’s preservation of us extends back even to our unregenerate days. And brought to Jesus in God’s time, and preserved in Jesus (Jude 1). It’s all very miraculous and wonderful. Only eternity will reveal what we have preserved from and to. Protected by the same sovereign hand that preserved Moses. What cause this is for gratitude and praise of our sovereign Lord. Thank and praise him today and rejoice in his promises (Philippians 1:6; 1Peter 1:5).

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)

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