Moses is Placed in a Papyrus Basket
Moses was born to a Levite woman during the time that the Israelites were held as slaves in Egypt,
The Egyptians oppressed the Israelites; however, the Israelites continued to grow in number which angered the Egyptians.
The Egyptians wanted to stop the Israelites from growing. So Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”
Moses’ mother did not want him to die, so she hid him for three months. When she can no longer hide him anymore, she put him in a papyrus basket and floated it among the reeds in the Nile River. His sister, Miriam stood at a distance and watched what would happen to him.
Pharaoh’s daughter was bathing at the river. When she saw the basket floating among the reeds, she sent her servant girl to collect it. The servant girl brought the basket to her and she opened it. The baby was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.
Then Miriam went to Pharaoh’s daughter and asked, “Should I get a Hebrew woman to take care of the baby.”
Pharaoh’s daughter replied, “Go and do as you said.” So Miriam went and called her mother.
Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Help me to nurse the baby and I will pay you.”
Moses’ mother took him and nursed him until he grew older. Then she brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. Pharaoh’s daughter called him Moses, because he was drawn out of the water.