Thursday was International Women’s Day and tomorrow we celebrate Mothering Sunday.
We are looking at the story of Moses in the Bulrushes at my church and in
preparing for this I’ve noticed afresh just how many women figure in that
There are the brave midwives who go against King Pharaoh’s orders and end up
saving Israelite babies rather than destroying them. Love wins!
There is Miriam, the elder sister of baby Moses who watches him sale down the
Nile in his basket and then suddenly appears the moment he is picked up and
suggests that she finds an Israelite woman to wet nurse him – and so, actually,
brings him back home straight away to be looked after by their own mother. Miriam shows such clever cunning!
Of course Moses’ mother is there in the story – in fact she might even have
been one of the midwives, the one called Puah, a nickname meaning ‘Bubbles’
because she was famous for keeping the babies quiet by blowing bubbles to
them! The mother of Moses did everything
in her power to protect children.
Lastly there is the Princess of Egypt who ends up fishing Moses out of the
water and adopting him. Such a plucky
rebel! Her father the King had issued a
decree that such babies should be got rid of but this woman speaks truth to
power, adopts one and brings him home to the palace to be brought up in the
I think all these inspirational women are heroes in the early story of Moses –
each one lived with the courage of their convictions and took risks in the name