Moses In a Basket

Moses In a Basket

Moses In a Basket—The family members of Joseph were called Israelites or Hebrews. The Israelites continued to have children until there were too many to count. Most of the Israelites lived in Egypt. There were also a lot of people called Egyptians.

A new king who was called Pharaoh came into power in Egypt. He didn’t like it that there were so many Israelites. He feared they would take over the land. So he decided to make all the Israelites into slaves.

He made them work from early in the morning till late at night doing very hard work. Even if they were tired the Egyptians wouldn’t give them a break, they would just make them work harder.

But, in spite of this harsh treatment, the Israelites continued to grow in number so he decided to make a law. If any boys were born to the Israelites he would have them killed.

Moses In a Basket

When one Israelite couple had a baby boy, they decided to hide him because they wouldn’t let anyone kill this beautiful, precious baby.

They hid the baby for three months. As he got older, he didn’t sleep as much and he cried louder than before. So his parents did the only thing they could. They made a strong basket put blankets around the baby and placed the basket in some tall grass in the Nile River.

The baby had a sister named Miriam, and she watched from a distance to see what would happen to her baby brother. While she was watching she saw somebody coming, she realized it was Pharaoh’s daughter and her servants.

Pharaoh’s daughter was swimming when she noticed a basket floating in the tall grass. So she asked one of her servants to investigate.

The girl brought the basket over to her, and when Pharaoh’s daughter opened it, the light startled the baby so he woke up and started to cry. “What a sweet, beautiful little baby. It must belong to one of the Israelites,” she said to her servants.

Miriam had seen what had happened, and she hurried over and asked, “Would you like me to go find an Israelite woman to feed the baby for you?”

“Yes, please,” she said. “Go and find someone who can nurse this baby.”

Miriam ran as fast as she could and told her mother that Pharaoh’s daughter had found him and wanted someone to come nurse him.

Moses’ mother hurried to the Pharaoh’s daughter and offered to nurse the baby. The baby became the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. She named him Moses, which means she got him out of the water.

Wesley, Fiona. Bible For Kids: A Collection of Bible Stories for Children Complete (Over 60 Illustrated) (With Over 100 Fun-Filled Follow-Up Activities) (p. 79). Bible Stories For Children and Kids – Beginner’s Bible – Download with Kindle Unlimited. Kindle Edition.

Reprinted with permission from Bible For Kids: A Collection of Bible Stories for Children Complete (Over 60 Illustrated) (With Over 100 Fun-Filled Follow-Up Activities).

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