Exodus 2

Posted on February 8, 2010


Exodus 2

1 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.

So I finally made it to Exodus

And here we have the Bible go all Charleston Heston on us.

(And as a sidebar, I do think it is incredibly curious that the TV networks insist on scheduling "The Ten Commandments" on Easter. As if it has anything to do with Easter, but rather some programming vp says to another, "hey we have this religious holiday coming up, do you have anything religious in the archives that the religious people would like to watch on the religious holiday? And if we get lucky, it will become a habit and they will watch it religiously…")

Some thoughts about this passage:

    -    a man of the house of Levi – no name, just "a man"    -    and interestingly enough, the             "man" married a "woman."    -    That's it – no "from the line of….blah, blah, blah," or a bushel         of begats, just (cue the Brady   Bunch theme song…"here's the story, of a….man…."  

    -   "…she hid him for three months" – The Bible is full of all kinds of miracles, but I think this             verse, where the anonymous Momma was able to somehow hide a baby for 90 days. I             have had three different newborns around my house, and frankly I find it nearly impossible,         yea verily miraculous, that she could hide a fussy baby for three months. I think it is much         easier to explain walking on water or Jonah and the Whale than this one.   

-    "she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch." – this goes back to the          earlier thought. How does a woman with a newborn possible have time to run down to the          early Egyptian verison of Hobby Lobby and pick up a "Pitch your own basket kit." Seriously?      You barely have time to eat, sleep, and well nothing else with a baby, let alone try and get         your inner Martha Stewart on.

    -    "Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile." –         Don't think I could do it. Not that there haven't been times, where I thought 'is it legal to put the     girls in long lasting Rapid Rive Rampage ride' but I just don;t think I could put my baby in the     basket of the Nile, which I imagine to be teeming with snakes and crocodiles and all sorts of     vermin. It would be tough to do this.

Though I am glad the "woman" did because otherwise, what would we watch on Easter? 

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