by Tony Nester

The Birth of a Deliverer
Tony R. Nester
Exodus 2:1-10

(Exodus 2:1-10 NRSV) {1}''Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. {2} The woman conceived and bore a son ...

Sometimes the work of deliverance that God accomplishes in our world begins in the most ordinary of ways.

In fact, the two greatest acts of God's deliverance recorded in the Bible were to the natural eye so ordinary, so unimpressive, so weak and fragile, that the world did not recognize that a Divine Deliverer had slipped on to the world's stage.

As with the birth of Moses so also with the birth of Christ: God's work of deliverance begins with a husband and wife of poor means and no reputation. In Old as well as New Testament a son is conceived in his mother's womb given an undistinguished birth into the world.

Moses and Jesus make their entrance with neither royal celebration nor rich circumstances. Moses was born in Egypt of parents who were slaves to Pharaoh; Jesus was born of Joseph and Mary who were coerced by Caesar's census to register for taxes in Bethlehem.

Don't make the mistake of looking for the power of God only in the unusual and the exceptional. God often slips onto the scene in what we think are quite ordinary happenings.

We have a chance meeting with someone. We get a phone call we hadn't expected. We change jobs. We volunteer to serve in a ministry. We pick up a book to read. We go for a walk. We stop and pray. God can and does slip into our lives through such ordinary means.

So it was with the birth of Moses and the birth of Jesus. The world saw nothing to notice in their births, but God had sent a deliverer.

...and when she [Moses' mother] saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months. {3} When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. {4} His sister stood at a distance, to se ...

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