Wait a minute person. You mean there’s another baby in the Bible that’s important besides baby Jesus. How can babies be so important? They’re not even big enough to give me loves yet.
Okay, I’ll listen. But this better be good.
My person says a long time ago all the Israelites lived in Egypt and there were lots of them. There was a new king (Pharaoh) in Egypt who was afraid that if war broke out the Israelites would join with Egypt’s enemies, fight against Egypt, and leave the country. So Pharaoh put slave masters over them and made them work really hard.
I hope they got lots of treats for working hard.
My person says they didn’t get any extra treats, but they kept growing in number.
They really need extra treats now.
I am listening, person.
That king must have been really mean because he told the midwives – the what? He told the ladies that help women when they have their babies to kill all the boy babies but let the girl babies live. But the midwives feared God and wouldn’t do it.
So then that mean old king told the Egyptians to throw all the Israelite’s boy babies into the Nile River.
That’s really bad. Boy babies grow up into boys who like to play catch with me. What if there were no boys to play catch with?
Yes, I’m listening person.
One Israelite mother hid her baby for three months so he wouldn’t get thrown into the Nile. But when she couldn’t hide him any more she put him in a basket, coated it with tar and pitch, and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. The baby’s sister watched at a distance to see what would happen.
Pharaoh’s daughter found the baby and she felt sorry for him because when she opened the basket he was crying. Then the baby’s sister came and offered to get someone to nurse the baby for her – and she went and got her own mother to do it.
When the baby was older he went to live with Pharaoh’s daughter and became her son. Pharaoh’s daughter named her son Moses.
Hey, wait a minute. You mean that mean old king who wanted all the boy babies killed became Moses’ grandfather?
I bet Moses gave him what for when he got bigger.