Updated: May 13
This morning’s Adult Bible Study introduced the Leading Lady of Exodus, Miriam. We covered a lot of ground this morning.
Miriam was only six years old when she made her first prophecy: “My mother is destined to bear a son who will save Israel.” God answered her father, Amram’s prayers for such a savior in a dream that promised his newborn son would grow up to deliver all the Israelites from their bondage.
During this time, Miriam and her family exhibited tremendous faith and trust in the Lord. First, they hid baby Moses for three months, but showed their unrelenting faithfulness in the Lord for protection as they realized they could no longer hide the infant and faithfully placed him in a basket where Miriam followed to see what was to become of him.
Miriam following Moses
Miriam followed him down the river until she saw the daughter of Pharaoh rescue the baby. Pharaoh’s daughter knew that the baby was Hebrew but took pity on him. The princess called for several Egyptian nursemaids to try to comfort the baby Moses, but he just continued crying. So, Miriam bravely closed the safe distance and approaching Pharaoh’s daughter without identifying herself, suggested that perhaps a Hebrew nursemaid might have some success in comforting the baby. Miriam at this point asked the Pharaoh’s daughter if she should go get a Hebrew woman to nurse the child. She agreed and sent her to fetch one which Miriam did and she brought back Moses’ mother
“And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him.” (Exodus 2:8–9, ESV)
Wow! Mom gets her baby back from the water and gets paid to nurse her own son. God is good!
Miriam continues to show her faith in the Lord although Moses kills an Egyptian for beating a Hebrew. Pharaoh hearing about this he wanted to kill Moses. However, Moses escaped to Midian when he was forty years old and remained there for yet another forty years.
We continued to cover up to the point in the story where Pharaoh finally let the people go. Miriam’s faithfulness does not waiver as we continue to cover the rest of her life next week.
Come join us, even if you missed today’s lesson, there is much more to come.