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The Power of Vigilance (3 of 5)
Series: Ancient Visions--Future Hopes
M. Kenneth Lyon
August 2, 1998
How many of you have younger brothers and sisters. Great! Put your hands down. How many of you ever heard your mother or father say, "Now you watch over your little brother or you look after your little sister?" Hands up! All right! And how many of you just loved to hear that? Right. I'm a last born so I know my brother heard that from my folks. You know, it never came at a convenient time, did it? It always seemed it meant that you were going to have to give up doing something that you really wanted to do. You wanted to do, in fact, anything but look after little brother or watch over little sister. Maybe that's what Miriam felt like when her mom said in stressed whisper, "You watch over your little brother." It was a hard moment for that family. Miriam's family were slaves. It was difficult time in their lives. You see, they were a part of a Hebrew population living the foreign land of Egypt. Because of their growing numbers the Egyptians were becoming more and more uncomfortable with the Hebrew presence. They increasingly exerted dominion over the Hebrews; but because of their growing numbers, they feared a rebellion. That's when the decree was set out. Any Hebrew woman who gives birth to a daughter shall have the daughter to live, but any child that is male that is born must be killed. Jochebed was Miriam's mother's name. She bore a child, a male child Moses; and in that birthing she knew what the edict was and she knew that she must somehow conceal the child for three months she hid him at home. But then he was too large, his cries too strong for him to remain there. Out of desperation she constructed a basket and sealed it with pitch and tar. And then on that fateful day, she took Miriam with her and went to the water's edge of the Nile there in the bulrushes and sat there and anchored there the basket with the three-month old baby wit ...
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