A Basket of Destiny

Read This Week: Exodus 2

Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. – Exodus 2:1-3 NIV

If the first chapter of Exodus was about growth and change for the children of Israel, then the second chapter is about the pivotal moment where the significant change comes to a breaking point. It marks an important transition in the story of God’s people that will resonate for generations. It covers the early life of Moses, who became one of the most central figures in the Old Testament. It is rich with spiritual symbolism and themes of the Lord’s provision, and it sets the stage for the liberation of the Israelites from Egypt.

In verses 1-10, we see the birth and rescue of Moses. He is born to Amram and Jochebed and is hidden for three months to protect him from Pharaoh’s decree. Then Jochebed places Moses in a basket or small ark made of bulrushes and puts it among the reeds of the Nile River. Pharaoh’s daughter discovers Moses while bathing in the river and decides to adopt him as her own son. Moses’ sister Miriam suggests their mother as a nursemaid for the child, allowing Moses to be raised within his own family and culture.

As if that wasn’t compelling enough, the intrigue surrounding Moses’ story heightens in verses 11-25. Moses, now a grown man, witnesses an Egyptian beating a Hebrew enslaved person. Outraged, he kills the Egyptian and hides his body. Fearing repercussions, Moses flees to Midian, where he helps the daughters of Jethro at a well. Then, some years later, he marries Zipporah, one of Jethro’s daughters, and decides to settle in Midian. Despite Moses’ new life, the Israelites’ cry for deliverance from their slavery reaches God’s ears, setting the stage for future events.

Throughout this chapter, we can’t help but see the Lord’s will evident in Moses’ survival and his positioning within Pharaoh’s household. Just like Jospeh in the latter part of Genesis, God’s plan for Moses is set in motion despite long, insurmountable odds. His identity as a Hebrew raised in the house of Pharaoh becomes central to his role as the deliverer of his people. His upbringing provides him with unique insights and capabilities. Even Moses’ failure and act against the Egyptian and his flight to Midian foreshadow the themes of justice and liberation that will define this book as we continue our study.

Exodus 2 teaches us to trust in God’s promises and provision, even in difficult circumstances. Just as Moses was protected and guided through improbable means and circumstances, we can rely on God’s timing and plan in our own lives. His was a basket of destiny, and so can ours be as the Lord often uses things and people on our path that we do not expect to lead us to the place and purpose He has for us. Though we don’t often see it in unfolding events, Father God’s divine and mighty hand guides us and our steps.

Jochebed’s patience and trust in God while she hid Moses provide a model of faithfulness and obedience for us when we want to run ahead of the Lord’s perfect timing. It reminds us that God can work through our waiting and trust. Moses’ act of defending the Hebrew slave also shows us the importance of standing up against injustice, even at personal cost. It encourages us to be courageous in advocating for others.

Like Moses, understanding our identity and calling plays a crucial role in fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives. God often uses our unique backgrounds and experiences to shape how we serve Him. As we reflect on his early life, may we be inspired to trust in God’s plan, act courageously, and faithfully follow His calling. We never know nor can we predict how He will see fit to use us wherever we go or what our spiritual future will be on this earth. We simply must follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in our own basket of destiny.


  1. Trina on July 5, 2024 at 2:26 pm

    Exodus Chapter 2 Verse 3
    And when she could no longer hide him, she took for him an ark or basket made of bulrushes or papyrus [making it watertight by] daubing it with bitumen and pitch. Then she put the child in it and laid it among the rushes by the brink of the river [Nile].

    Exodus Chapter 2 Verse 4
    And his sister [Miriam] stood some distance away to learn what would be done to him.

    Exodus Chapter 2 Verse 5
    Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, and her maidens walked along the bank; she saw an ark among the rushes and sent her maid to fetch it.

    ~The Deliverance Of Moses~

    God Is Saying To Me:
    I am always watching and leading my sheep. They trust me and have faith that I will make a way when there seems to be no way. Moses’ mom and dad hid him for 3 months having total faith in me to keep him safe. His mother placed him in the river trusting that he would be safe and not swept away. She encompassed him in a waterproof basket. You see, any other baby placed in the river would have been swept away by the force of a river’s current. It was me replicating my covering of the mini Ark that sailed effortlessly, peacefully and calmly, carefully orchestrating my detailed plan of the survival and deliverance of Moses and eventually for the people of Israel.

    What This Means To Me:
    1. Always follow your heart placing God’s covering over your mind and spirit trusting that God hears you and sees you.
    2. God rewards us for our faith just like he rewarded Moses’ mother while Moses was being hid and kept him safe on the river.
    3. God intervenes for us. He called Pharaoh’s daughter to the river to supernaturally intervene to save baby Moses and deliver a way when there seemed to be no way of getting away from Pharaoh’s command. He calls us up out of the baptismal water and delivers us from evil too. Thank you God for our deliverance as well! ❤️

  2. PK Chat on July 6, 2024 at 9:04 pm

    Do you ever reflect on the seasons of life and the various journeys we embark on over the years, each one unique and transformative?

    I often marvel at how God has guided and rescued me countless times, especially during my youth when I was prone to making poor decisions. His grace saved me repeatedly.

    Today, I continue to learn how to rely on God in every aspect of my life. I witness His hand guiding me from one season to another, performing miracles, and carrying me through challenges like no one else can. God is my rescuer, my redeemer, my provider, and my best friend.

    1. God has wonderful plans and purposes for your life.

    2. God will support you through every step of the journey.

    3. As you navigate the seasons of life, you will clearly see how God brings you through.

  3. reachchurch on July 7, 2024 at 12:48 pm

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  4. Heidi on July 7, 2024 at 1:28 pm

    In Exodus 2
    Father God was was showing me that
    No matter what your background may be, no matter what you have done.
    It’s all about your heart. Desiring and being willing to change. Doing it my way.
    learn from Moses life what to do and what not to do.
    In life you will make mistakes, when you come to me always know I will forgive you.
    Always know I am with you, you will have challenges and situations, look to me to help you to make the right choice.
    I am always training you and helping you to see what I see so you know what to do.
    Always know in your heart how much I love you and I love for you to be apart of what I am doing. Taking care of people, so continue to keep your heart open to growing in my ways.
    I love you my daughter ❤️✝️

    With this means to me is the mistakes that I have made. I have learned from them and I love to go out and help others to know that they can go to God to get what they need and he is right there to help them in every situation. And when we seek God, he will help us to find a good way to get out of situations. So we don’t make bad choices in the first place.
    Thank you father God for your love and that you’re always here for us. We only have to call out to you. Seek you, ask you Because you know what to do. And even if we made a bad decision, your right there to help us through it and then you live to use us to help others ❤️️
    Love you Father God, Jesus and Your Holy Spirit.❤️

  5. Alma on July 9, 2024 at 3:57 pm

    In Exodus chapter 2 I got a song

    Let’s come together to worship our Lord let’s come together to worship our Lord lifting our hands, singing, glory, glory hallelujah. We are blessed blessed because our father loves us. His promises are true, so let’s be faithful, listening to our Lord opening our eyes to see what he wants us to see our Lord has a perfect plan Our Lord has perfect plans for you and me. Don’t be afraid our Lord is with us helping us through the day we want to seek you seek you we want to seek you in everything we do our Lord. We are blessed blessed because we have you our father God, amen.

    we are truly blessed because we have a father who loves us and he wants to help us through everything and go through life with him putting him in the middle. Thank you, Jesus.

  6. Kathy on July 13, 2024 at 3:47 pm

    This is what I got from from God in Exodus 2. In this chapter I revealed that I want you to have faith in Me, in order for Me to use you. Without faith it is impossible for you to please Me. From the example of Moses transformation from a poor slave into an Egyptian prince, I reveal that I can use you and transform you, no matter what your background may be. Moses knew who he was. His faith in serving Me helped him to know who he was. I can use you when you act according to the spirit and not the flesh. I can use you when you repent no matter how serious your sins may be. I can use you when you leave behind, the things of the world for Me. I can use you when you live in the world, but not of the world. I want you to be willing to help others who are still trapped in bondage. You need to trust Me no matter how hopeless things may seem. You can not know what I will do when you take a leap of faith, by trusting Me. I will never leave you or forsake you. I give My love and attention to you, because you have a covenant relationship with Me through Jesus.

    What this said to me was God has to transform me, before He can use me. I need to always be willing to help others who are still trapped in bondage, and help guide them to God, so that they can be saved. God wants to transform me into being a spirit leader for Him. No matter what I did in the past, God forgives me and He will use me in mighty ways. I have to be willing and obedient in what He wants me to do. I have to be willing to be bold and courageous, and step out in faith and see what Jesus has for me.

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