The First Hindrance Overcome
“Here is how it happened. God’s deliverer was born as a beautiful baby boy. The scripture says that when his mother saw how perfect the child was she couldn’t bear the thought of him being thrown into the river, so she hid him as long as she could. But when she could no longer hide him, I kinda think God whispered in her heart an idea of how she could put her son in the river without drowning him. Do you know what she did?”
Jerry nodded, “She put him in a basket that floated in the river!”
“Exactly right! It was like she put her baby right into the jaws of the dragon! But before the jaws could snap shut, guess who stopped at the river for a bath?”
“The princess!” exclaimed Jerry, “And she decided to adopt the baby as her son. Then she told his sister to get his mother.”
Moshe smiled, “You got it. She gave the girl permission to find a nurse for the baby and Miriam brought the baby's mother. So, Pharaoh’s daughter named the baby, Moses, and took him home. Just like that, God thwarted the dragon in his attempt to destroy the deliverer!”
“Yeah!” cheered Jerry, pumping his fist.
“So, you see, Jerry, God didn’t reverse what Pharaoh did, but actually worked within what Pharaoh had commanded. Even to the point where the baby was placed in the river, see. In fact, far from being defeated by Pharaoh’s command, He actually used it to accomplish His purpose.”
“Just like He did with Joseph and his brothers,” nodded Jerry. Just then, a hummingbird arrived at the feeder. Together they watched as the little bird darted forward and backwards, feeding on the sweet nectar.
As it zipped away, Moshe resumed, “Now, I’m pretty sure the devil noticed what God was doing with the baby and the princess, and he probably figured that God intended to do something significant with that particular little slave boy. After all, the last slave boy that God had put in the Pharaoh’s palace had ended up being the savior of the Hebrews. Do you remember who that was?”
“Um,” puzzled Jerry, shaking his head, “um, no I don’t think so.”
“Oh, sure you do,” encouraged Moshe with a smile, “he was the boy whose brothers hated him and sold him into slavery.”
“Oh yeah,” exclaimed Jerry with a facepalm, “Joseph!”
“Exactly right. See, I knew you knew,” chuckled Moshe. “So, I imagine the devil quickly figured out that God intended to somehow make a savior out of Moses. What is interesting to me is the devil didn’t try to undo what God had done. I mean, he didn’t try to get the princess to change her mind about keeping Moses.”
“Ok-ay,” said Jerry, uncertain what the significance was.
“It’s like this, see,” said Moshe, resting his elbows on his knees. “In this conflict between God and the devil it seems there was one significant parameter, or boundary, that was observed. It seems that once a human person made a choice, that choice was respected. This remains true through the remainder of this story.”
Jerry looked a little puzzled, but nodded his assent. Moshe held up his hand, “Hang in there for a minute and I think you'll see what I mean.”