Baby Moses - Bible Story

Baby Moses - Bible Story

Many people know of the epic saga of Moses saving his people from slavery in Eygpt, but how did Moses' life begin?

A baby boy was born from the house of Levi, of the Hebrews, and was hidden for three months to avoid being slain by the Egyptians, as Pharoah has ordered the killing of every Hebrew son.  When the baby could not be hidden any longer, his mother put him in a basket made of "bulrushes" and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. 

The daughter of Pharoah came down to bathe at the river and saw the basket with the baby inside.  She took pity on the baby and called it to be nursed and spared for Pharoah's order.  When the child grew older, he became the son of Pharoah's daughter and was named Moses as she "drew him out of the water."  Amazingly, this one spared Hebrew son would go on to deliver the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. 

Read the full story of Baby Moses in scripture text below and find Articles, Videos and Audio Sermons relating to this inspiring story. 

Photo credit: Nicolas Poussin, The Finding of Moses, 1638. Oil on canvas, Musée du Louvre, Paris.


Exodus 2:1-10

1 Now a man of the tribe 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.
4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it.
6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.
7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”
8 “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother.
9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him.
10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”