From the conclusion of a sermon preached this past Sunday at Farmdale Baptist Church:
No matter how bad the situation seems to be in your life, know that God is in control. He works all things together for good to them that love God. This is true even when it doesn’t seem to be so. When the children of Israel were making bricks and building cities for Pharaoh, it probably didn’t feel like God was in control. When Pharaoh told the midwives to kill all the Hebrew little boys, it probably didn’t look like God was in control. When Pharaoh commanded the people of Egypt to throw all the baby Hebrew boys into the Nile, it probably didn’t seem that God was in control. But He was! He caused their number to increase in spite of the persecution. He brought His deliverer, Moses, into the world in spite of the fury of Pharaoh, the Devil and all of hell.
Just think of all the things that could have gone wrong. The three months that the baby was hid by his parents had to be watched over by God. He was kept from making any sounds that might attract attention. After he was place in the Nile, he could have been swallowed by a crocodile, swept down stream out of sight by the current, or discovered by someone other than Pharaoh’s daughter who would have immediately drowned him. Then notice the fact that the baby Moses cried at the exact perfect instant, just when Pharaoh’s daughter discovered him, so that her heart melted.
When we think of the circumstances surrounding the birth of Moses, we can’t help but think of another providential birth about 1,500 years later. To this birth, the birth of Moses was the necessary antecedent. Like Moses, Jesus was born after a period of four hundred silent years. Satan also tried to prevent His survival through another maniacal king, Herod. And just as Moses would lead his people to physical deliverance from Egypt across the Red Sea, Christ would lead His people to spiritual deliverance by His death on the cross and resurrection.