Day 10: Raising God’s Messenger

Exodus 2:10

The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, and said, “Because I drew him out of the water.”

I realized when I was studying Exodus how true it is that Moses had become an excellent communicator. Remember that Moses wrote the text that we are now studying. This means that he was now writing about himself. His talent for writing shines here because he doesn’t fall into the error of bragging or over emphasizing his own family or situation. In fact, Moses didn’t even name this mysterious baby, his parents or his sister until now. He connected his family with Levi, but remember, Levi had helped to kill off all of the people in a town out of revenge. Moses didn’t hide the bad or the good, but used a disciplined historical narrative format, even when talking about himself.

Moses grew as a child of Pharaoh. We have no idea how great the education was in Egypt but we do know that we still haven’t figured out some of the things they knew how to do. We also know that they were very wealthy and were able to highly purify gold and preserve the dead. Obviously, they had some science and technology.

We have other sources that tell us about this daughter of Pharaoh. In fact, this is one of the areas that produces a difficulty for those who wish to force a later date for these events on the Bible. There was a daughter of a Pharaoh that did have this kind of power with her dad and she actually is believed to have become Queen. Her name was Pharaoh Hatshepsut. She was one of the only female rulers of Egypt.

It is interesting to note that Hatshepsut’s father was named “Thutmose” or “Thutmosis.” We might say “Thut-moses.” Moses just means: “taken out of.” For instance, I am told by some historians that “Thutmosis” means “Thoth is born.” It sounds like it was a popular name and idea for leaders to be called something like this. You won’t find this information plainly stated in the world. Most people in our culture appear to have taken the Egyptian records and the guesses of scientists over the records in the Bible so it is difficult to find the fact out of all of the fiction.

To make matters more difficult, it appears that during Moses’ time in Egypt, it was common to not name your enemies by name in recorded history. So, Moses didn’t name the Pharaoh. We know that the Bible is correct, therefore, we should be studying history based on what the Bible says, not the other way around. Perhaps, if people return to using the Bible as a basis for thinking, they will be able to come to the knowledge of the truth of these parts of history.

So, we can see that God used Pharaoh’s daughter to preserve Israel and he trained Moses to communicate, and as a result, we have the first five books of the Bible.