Jochebed, Moses’ mother, showed her faith in God by going through with the birth of Moses. God had divinely assured her that he would protect she and baby Moses.
Jochebed hid baby Moses for three months, after that time she decided that she could no longer hide him, out of fear that the Egyptian authorities might find out. By the divine instruction of God, Jochebed built an ark-like basket and covered it with slim and pitch, put baby Moses inside and put the ark in the Nile river. Jochebed instructed her oldest child, Miriam, to watch the ark to see what happened to it.
Exodus 2:5 says, “And the daughter of the Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river.” This has God written all over it. Here is a woman of royalty, with everything at her disposal, coming down to not just any river in Egypt, but to the most traveled, most popular river in all of Egypt to bathe herself.
The Nile River was known for its swift current, venomous snakes, not to mention the crocodiles, yet here is Pharaoh’s daughter bathing in this river. Not only that, Jochebed happened to put baby Moses in that same river in the same vicinity as Pharaoh’s daughter. Again this has God written all over it. This is what we call divine intervention of God!
What is the divine intervention? Simply put, it is God intervening in the affairs of the world. Divine intervention can be God causing something to happen or God preventing something from happening. For example: there was a commercial on television where this young lady went on a job interview. The owner of the company asked her a series of questions, and one of thee questions was, “What can you bring to my company”? She ran off a myriad of positive answers. But the most important question he asked her was, “Do you have a college degree?” Her answer was “no”. He then said, “I can’t use you”. As the young lady started to leave, the man reached out his hand and said, “But you are exactly what I need.” That is the divine intervention of God in the life of that young lady, causing something positive to happen when otherwise she would have been on to her next interview.
There have been times in your life, when God has intervened. Sometimes you recognized it, but most times you didn’t. Perhaps you were sitting at a red signal light and it turned green for you to proceed, but for some unexplainable reason you just sat there for a few seconds. It’s a good thing you did, because someone from the opposing traffic ran through the red light. That was God intervening so that a bad thing would not happen to you. Or perhaps you went on an interview and arrived late, wasn’t dressed properly, didn't have good answers to the questions you were asked, but you got the job anyway. That was God intervening in your life something good to happen. The point is this: when we can’t take care of ourselves, He steps in and takes charge.
The “b” portion of verse 5 says, “ And when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maiden to fetch it.” Remember Moses’ mother had made a basket-looking ark and placed him in it.
The word “ark” takes me back to Genesis 6:14 where it says, “Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.” The word “ark” in Hebrew is “tebah” and it means a “box.” Noah was to build an ark and offer a way of escape from the coming Judgment to a doomed generation. God gave him instructions on how He wanted the ark built. The ark was to be shaped like a box, coffin to be precise. The ark was not made to sail, it was made to float and protect. It was to be made from gopher wood (cypress), the same wood ancient people used to make coffins. Gopher wood was incorruptible wood. When completed, the ark was to be covered with pitch on the inside and the outside.
The word for pitch is the same word in the Old Testament for “atonement”. The word atonement means that God restores a relationship of harmony and unity between Himself and human beings, and it happened through the shedding of the blood of Jesus. The same way the pitch covered and protected those in the ark from the judgment of God, those who are in Jesus when God brings His wrath on the earth, the final time will be covered and protected by the blood of Jesus.
The ark suggests the following picture or type; it was a place of salvation, safety, and security. So, when Moses’ mother made the ark-like basket and covered it with slime and pitch and placed baby Moses in it that was his ark of salvation—his safety and security from the wrath of the Pharaoh of Egypt. Egypt is always a picture of the world in Bible.
All of us have had and will continue to have the Pharaohs of the world in our lives. Someone’s Pharaoh might be cancer or some other life-threatening debilitating disease, and another’s Pharaoh might be a spouse who is not only verbally abusive but physically abusive also, and yet another’s Pharaoh might be an evil boss they must face five days a week. The list of Pharaohs in the world are countless and dangerous so you must learn how to fight back to protect yourself.
Sometimes your bank account is not sufficient because the bank accounts of the Pharaohs of the world are bigger. Sometimes your best friend can’t protect you because the Pharaohs of the word are stronger. Your psychiatrists don’t have the answers because the Pharaohs might be smarter.
In the midst of the Pharaohs crisis you need help, you need answers and you need protection. Christ is the believer’s ark, the believer’s salvation from the wrath of God, the believer’s safety and security. To protect yourself, all you need to do is get on board the “ark” of protection, Jesus!