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Miriam and Moses

Miriam keeps watch over Baby Moses in the bulrushes.
Contributed by René Pfitzner
Story also available on our translated websites: Spanish, Polish, Hindi
Amram, a man from the Levite tribe, married a woman, Jochebed, from the same tribe. They were both Hebrew slaves forced to work hard for Pharaoh the King of Egypt. Some time later they had a baby boy. He was a beautiful child. – Slide 1
But the baby was in great danger. Pharaoh was afraid that the Hebrew slaves were becoming too many and too strong. So he had given the order that all new baby boys born to the Hebrew slaves should be killed. – Slide 2
Jochebed kept her baby hidden inside for three months. But when the baby boy could not longer be hidden … – Slide 3
… she made a basket of reeds and covered it with tar. – Slide 4
Jochebed put her baby in the basket and placed it in the tall grass by the edge of the Nile river. – Slide 5
The baby’s older sister Miriam stood off at a distance to keep watch. – Slide 6
About that time, one of the King’s daughter’s came down to the river to bathe while her servant woman walked along the river bank. – Slide 7
The princes saw the basket in the tall grass. – Slide 8
And she sent one of the young women to pull it out of the river. – Slide 9
When the princess opened the basket she saw the baby … – Slide 10
And at once felt sorry for him. – Slide 11
She said, ‘This must be one of the Hebrew babies.’ – Slide 12
Miriam had watched quietly as her baby brother was discovered. – Slide 13
Thinking quickly, she rushed up to the princess. ‘Do you want me to find a Hebrew woman to take care of the baby for you?’ – Slide 14
‘Yes,’ the King’s daughter answered. – Slide 15
So Miriam brought her mother to the princess. ‘Take care of this child,’ said the princess, ‘and I will pay you.’ – Slide 16
Jochebed took her own baby home to care for him. – Slide 17
Years later, when he was old enough Jochebed took the young boy to the Princess who adopted him. – Slide 18
She named him Moses because, she said, ‘I pulled him out of the water.’ – Slide 19
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