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I Will Pay Thee Wages


  By Mary Lee Thornton

Exodus 2:9. “And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.” (kjv)

There must have been great anxiety when this child was born. The mother defied might with right when it was born.

Let’s look at the conditions under which this child was born. The mother and father were slaves in Egypt. The Pharaoh which knew and respected Joseph was dead.

Exodus 1:7. “And the Children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.

8. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.” (kjv)

The new king was fearful lest the children of Israel multiply so much that they would take over the kingdom. He devised a plan to oppress them and make slaves of them.

Exodus 1:13. “And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:

14. And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour. (kjv)

But the more the children of Israel were afflicted the more they increased in number. So to stop the population explosion Pharaoh ordered the midwives to save the daughters but to kill all the boys which were born.

Exodus 1:17 “But the midwives feared God, and did not as the King of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.” (kjv)

Probably during this time Miriam and Aaron were born.

Then Pharaoh became angry and gave orders to all of Egypt that the boy babies born to the Hebrew women were to be thrown into the river.

Exodus 1:22. “And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.” (kjv)

It was during these troublesome times that another son was born.

Exodus 2:2 “And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.” (kjv)

Can you imagine the concern this mother had for her newborn son? She saw that he was a goodly (precious) child, and she hid him, somehow, for six months. While she prayed and wept God gave her a plan.

Yes God was interested in her child.

And God is interested in your child.

Exodus 2:3 “And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, ... (kjv)

She probably gave up her rest and sleep to prepare an ark. She exercised great care when selecting material for an ark.

Mothers take care of your children.

Watch the company they keep.

Watch the places they go.

It means their life.

Exodus 2:3b .., “And daubed it with slime and with pitch, ... (kjv)

She did everything she could to make it safe for her baby.

You can imagine the last night at home.

The others may have slept sound, but not mother,

Nor the angels.

Exodus 2:3c .., “And put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.

4. And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.” (kjv)

At dawn she kissed him good-by, and placed him in the ark,

And sent him off into the unknown.

Miriam watched to see what would happen to him, along with the angels who kept the crocodiles back.

Mother had done her best---now God was going to do his best.

God was going to pay her in a measure she could never have dreamed.

God sent a King’s Daughter to take care of him.

Exodus 2:5 “And the Daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. 

6a. “And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. (kjv)

Tears softens hearts.

This baby’s tears were the jewels which ransomed Israel.

 6b.  “And she had compassion on him, and said, this is one of the Hebrews' children.” (kjv)

That’s when the babe’s little sister, Miriam, stepped out from among the bushes and approached the King’s Daughter.

Exodus 2:7. “Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?

8. “And Pharaoh's Daughter said to her, go. And the maid went and called the child's mother. (kjv)

How the child’s mother’s heart must have leaped when Miriam ran in and told her what was happening.

Exodus 2:9. “And Pharaoh's Daughter said unto her, take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I WILL GIVE THEE THY WAGES. And the woman took the child, and nursed it. (kjv)

The mother gave up her slave labor to become a nurse and a mother to her own child. Furthermore she got paid for her time. God will pay any mother to take care of a child for him.

When the child was born everything was against her and her child, but she didn’t give up. Mothers, the same is true today, everything may be against you, but God is on your side.

There is power in a mother’s prayer.

Pray for your children.

There is power in a mother’s song.

Sing to your children.

There is enormous power in a mother’s love.

The most important thing in a child’s life is to know that his mother loves him.

Mothers you are the most important thing in your babe’s life.

It’s up to you to see to it that your baby gets the right start in life.

It is very hard for a baby to overcome a bad start. It can be done, but it is much easier for them if they get the proper attention from a loving praying mother. During those early formative years mothers have the opportunity to influence their babies in a way which will never happen again in their lifetime.

They will learn things which will never be forgotten even though times and conditions change.

Proverbs 22:6. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (kjv)

Moses’ mother had only a short time with her son, but it was enough to influence him so that time and circumstance would not change him.

This mother knew that she would eventually hand her baby over once and for all into the hands of this Egyptian Princess to be raised in an environment of untold pleasures, and riches. So in those few months or years as she nursed him, not a waking moment was lost.

She sang to him, she prayed in his hearing, she talked to him about his Ancestors, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Leah and Rachel, about how God had chosen them to be his people, and to represent him.

She talked to him about Jehovah God, how he had appeared to Abraham and promised him the land of Canaan for an everlasting inheritance.

She told him that one day God would send a deliverer to lead his people out of Egyptian bondage.

Mothers talk to you children, tell them about God’s promises to them, and they will never forget it.

The day came when Moses’ mother no longer had physical or verbal contact with her son, but there had been a bond of spiritual relationship made which was stronger than all the influences of Egypt.

Hebrews 11:24. “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's Daughter;

25. Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

26. Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

27. “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the King: for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible. (kjv)

He said no to all the riches and pleasures of Egypt because his mother took the time to pray with him, and sing to him, and instruct him at that tender age. Moses’ mother could possibly have been living when her son returned to deliver Israel.

WHAT A REWARD, WHAT A PAYBACK, this mother received because she did everything in her power to see to it that her son had the proper start in life.

Mothers God gave you a son or daughter, “Take this child and nurse him for me, and I will pay you wages.”

Mothers will stand in judgment and God will ask to receive his gift.

John 21:15b. “He said unto him, yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, feed my lambs.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article on how Moses’ mother took her child, which God had given to her, and raised it for God to use to deliver His children out of bondage. God can use your child, God will use your child, if it has the proper training and a loving, praying, mother to care for it.

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