And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.…
birth of Moses: —
I. AS OCCURRING OF NOBLE PARENTAGE.
1. They were of moderate social position.
2. They were of strong parental affection.
3. They were of good religious character.Happy the child that is linked to the providence of God by a mother's faith! Faith in God is the preserving influence of a threatened life — physically, morally, eternally.
II. AS HAPPENING IN PERILOUS TIMES.
1. When his nation was in a condition of servitude. That this servitude was severe, exacting, grievous, disastrous, murderous, is evident from the last chapter.
2. When a cruel edict was in force against the young.
III. AS INVOLVING MOMENTOUS ISSUES.
1. Issues relating to the lives of individuals. The birth of Moses made Miriam a watcher, gave her an introduction to a king's daughter, and has given immortality to her name. It brought Aaron into historical prominence.
2. Issues involving the freedom of an enslaved people.
3. Issues relating to the destiny of a proud nation.
IV. AS EXHIBITING THE INVENTIVENESS OF MATERNAL LOVE.
1. In that she devised a scheme for the safety of her child. The mother was more clever than the tyrant king and his accomplices. Tyranny is too calculating to be clever. Maternal love is quick and spontaneous in thought.
V. AS ELUDING THE EDICT OF A CRUEL KING. The mother of Moses was justified in eluding this edict, because it was unjust, murderous; it did violence to family affection, to the laws of citizenship, and to the joyful anticipation of men.
(J. S. Exell, M. A.)
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