This is my story - Miriam & Moses
Good morning, sisters. Our prayer for you today is that you will read this Old Testament story with a new, fresh perspective. We pray that your heart will be opened even more to the God who never changes and the extraordinary plan He has for your life.
Grab your Bible or use this link to read through Exodus chapter 2. We have chosen some key passages and verses for this devotional, but we encourage you to read through the story of Miriam and Moses.
“His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.”
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.
“Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed, with tambourines and dancing. Miriam sang to them “Sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted. The horse and it’s rider He has hurled into the sea.”
The book of Exodus recounts God’s supernatural rescue of the Israelites from Egypt. This chapter opens by explaining the orders that Pharaoh had given his people – that all male, Hebrew babies were to be thrown into the Nile River. However, if the babies were female, they were allowed to live. His orders were based on his fear that the Hebrews would rise up against the Egyptians and overcome them. Even after acknowledging that the Hebrew women “are vigorous,” it’s clear that Pharaoh did not view women as holding any power of influence. However, we are then introduced to Miriam, Moses’ sister, who plays one of the most substantial roles in paving the way for Moses to ultimately lead the Israelites out of Egypt. After Moses’ mother hides him from the Egyptians for 3 months, she sets him in a basket to float down the Nile River. Miriam patiently follows the basket along the riverbank to make sure that Moses is safe and protected. When the basket is discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter, Miriam approaches her to suggest that a Hebrew woman nurse the baby. Pharaoh’s daughter agrees and Miriam gets Moses’ mother to care for him.
There is such depth to the character of Miriam. She exemplifies strength, patience and wisdom all within the few verses where we are introduced to her. When Pharaoh, the ruler of the land, failed to see the value of the Hebrew women, Miriam didn’t waver from her purpose. The girl who would later become a prophetess trusted in God when she could only see the next step, the next yes. She protected her baby brother by boldly approaching Pharaoh’s daughter; which ultimately changed the course of Israel’s history by protecting one of its greatest spiritual leaders. What Pharaoh failed to see, God used for good: big faith in the least likely. Miriam’s confidence was rooted in who God said she was! In Exodus 15, when the Egyptians are drowned in the sea, Miriam is referred to by her name for the first time in the bible. It was in this moment that she leads the Israelites in song and dance, celebrating their freedom. What an amazing picture of a natural leader for women. She saw such greatness in those around her and acted boldly to protect them. She wasn’t even mentioned by name, but I would dare to say that she must have known that she was defined by far more names that reassured her of who she was – bold, strong, capable, leader. Miriam didn’t try to mimic anyone else or try to please them, but simply connected to her true self.
As women, we are challenged by a worldly culture that says we need to do more, be more and strive more but God says that you are enough because He created you just as you are. We have the opportunity and privilege to embrace the names that our Father has given us as women leaders, just like Miriam. When the world attempts to convince us that we are of any other name, may we be women who stay our course to the heart of our Heavenly Father who loves us beyond measure. May we be women who remind our sisters of the name that King Jesus has for us.
Friend, do you believe that you are who God says you are? Close your eyes. Breathe. Ask God to remind you of the names that He calls you by. Receive those words and write them down somewhere that you can go back to on the days where you need to stay your course.
There’s power in declaration. Take a moment to speak these words over yourself: “I am loved. I am enough. I am worthy. I am bold. I am smart. I am a daughter. I am purposed. I am brave.”
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