Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. Exodus 2: 1-3 (niv)
1. WHAT DOES YOUR BASKET LOOK LIKE?
• Any situation where I feel stressed out; yet deep within I believe that God is in CONTROL.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 2 Corinthians 4:8,9 (nkjv)
2. WHAT CHOICES DO I HAVE IN THE BASKET?
Moses name means: “I drew him out of the water.”
• Pray to get OUT. “I said, ‘O that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.’” (Ps. 55:6)
• Pray to stay IN. “Now my heart is troubled and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour?’ No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” (John 12:27-28)
3. GRACE FOR THE BASKETCASE.
Saul/Paul learned of their plan …Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. 25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall. Acts 9:23-25 (niv)
In Damascus the governor under King Aretas had the city of the Damascenes guarded in order to arrest me. 33 But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands. 2 Cor. 11:32-33 (NIV)
Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.” …Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.” Acts 27: 31, 34 (NIV)
“Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 “Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:9