“At this point, his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, ‘Would you like me to go and find you one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?’ Pharaoh’s daughter answered, ‘Yes, go.’ So the girl went and called the baby’s own mother.“ -Exodus 2:8-9
The ways of God are both mysterious and wondrous indeed!
When Moses’ mother built a small floating ark out of papyrus reed, placed her baby in it, and sent it floating down the Nile River, it was an act of total surrender and faith that God would somehow ensure everything would turn out all right.
Well, God came through in flying colors alright and much more!
The baby Moses was strategically placed among the tall reeds growing on the bank of the Nile right at the spot where the Egyptian Princess bathed regularly.
Upon opening the vessel and finding the baby Moses, instantly the Princess’s motherly instincts took over and right then and there she decided to save this baby from the certain death that awaited him.
The Egyptian Princess was well aware that this was a Hebrew baby and knew of the decree her father had issued, yet because God had softened her heart, it didn’t matter.
From this point on, we encounter a series of miraculous ironies that reflect the amazing genius of how God works.
First, the daughter of the very man who ordered the death of all Hebrew male babies becomes the very person who ends up saving Moses, the one whom God will use to deliver Israel from Egypt.
Second, this savior of Israel will end up being raised in Pharaoh’s own home.
Third, the baby Moses is brought back to his own mother carried by the arms of his own sister!
Fourth, since Moses’ own mother was hired by the Egyptian Princess to be a wet-nurse for the baby, the money paid out to Moses’ mother to raise her own child was coming straight from the government coffers of the Pharaoh who had ordered the death of the same infant.
This pattern of God turning things and circumstances intended by the enemy to hurt Israel into blessings can be seen in other incidents as well.
How about the story of Haman and Mordecai in the Book of Esther?
Haman was put to death on the very gallows he had erected for Mordecai.
Or here is an interesting tidbit from secular history.
The French atheist Voltaire, a skeptic who took great delight in destroying the faith of many people, arrogantly boasted that within 100 years of his death, the Bible would disappear from the face of the earth.
Now get this.
50 years after his death, the Geneva Bible Society moved into his former house and used his printing presses to print and release thousands of Bibles!
Gotta love how YHVH works!
This is one God you wanna have on your side.