A man of the house of Levi took to wife a daughter of Levi.  

Amram took Jochebed his father’s sister to wife, and she bore him Aaron and Moses. (Exodus 6:20)

And the name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed, the daughter of Levi, whom her mother bore to Levi in Egypt: and she bore to Amram Aaron and Moses, and Miriam their sister. (Numbers 26:59)

Jochebed conceived and bore a son. When she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. (Hebrews 11:23)

Why did Jochebed hide the baby boy?

Remember Exodus 1 ended with Pharaoh telling all his people, Every Hebrew son that is born you shall cast into the river, and every Hebrew daughter you shall save alive.

When she could no longer hide him, she made for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch (to make it waterproof). She put the child in it, and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink. And his sister Miriam stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.

The daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river, and her maidens walked along by the river’s side. Pharaoh’s daughter saw the ark among the flags and sent her maid to fetch it. When she had opened it, she saw the child, and the babe wept. And she had compassion on him.

Pharaoh’s daughter: This is one of the Hebrews’ children.

Miriam (to Pharaoh’s daughter): Shall I go and call to you a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?

Pharaoh’s daughter (to Miriam): Go.

And Miriam went and called Jochebed.

Pharaoh’s daughter (to Jochebed): Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.

Jochebed took her child, and nursed it. And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses.

Pharaoh’s daughter: Because I drew him out of the water.

When Moses was grown, he went out to his brethren, and looked on their burdens.

Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. (Acts 7:22-23)

He saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he killed the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

And when he went out the second day, two men of the Hebrews strove together.

Moses (to him that did the wrong): Why do you strike your fellow?

The Hebrew: Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me, as you killed the Egyptian?

Moses was afraid.

Moses (to himself): Surely this thing is known.

When Pharaoh heard what Moses had done, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.

Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

The daughters returned to Reuel their father.

Reuel: How is it that you are come so soon today?

His daughters: An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.

Reuel (to his daughters): And where is he? Why is it that you have left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.

Moses was content to dwell with Reuel and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter. And she bore him a son, and he called his name Gershom.

Moses: For I have been a stranger in a strange land.

In time, the king of Egypt died, and the children of Israel sighed by reason of their bondage. They cried, and their cry came up to God by reason of the bondage. And God heard their groaning and remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked on the children of Israel, and God had respect for them.


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