Psalm 121:5 NLT
“The LORD himself watches over you! The
LORD stands beside you as your
The Israelites suffered terribly as slaves of the Pharaoh. Many slaves were house
servants, gardeners, farm labor, musicians and dancers of excellent talent, scribes (those that
kept written documents), and accountants.
KING PHARAOH was worried that his Israelite slaves would rise up against him. So he
ordered a terrible punishment - all the first-born male babies of the Israelites were to be killed.
Pharaoh gave orders to the midwives that 'Every son that is born you, shall cast into the
22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, "Every son that is born to the Hebrews you
shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live." 22 Then Pharaoh gave this
order to all his people: “Throw every newborn Hebrew boy into the Nile River.
Amram is the husband of Jochebed and father of Aaron, Moses and Miriam.
Moses' mother, Jochebed (JOK-uh-bed), and his sister, Miriam (both named in Numbers 26:59),
hid the baby for three months. When they could hide him no longer, Jochebed sealed a reed
basket with black tar and hid Moses among the reeds in the Nile River. Miriam stood watch.
Pharaoh's daughter discovered the baby floating in the river. She took pity on the baby, whom she
guessed was an Israelite - she knew the baby would certainly be killed if he was discovered. As she
had no children of her own, she decided to bring the baby up herself. She called him Moses.