Moses is born. When his mother can no longer hide him, she gives him up by placing him in a basket in the reeds of the Nile. The very river that meant death for so many Hebrew children meant life for baby Moses. Pharaoh’s daughter discovered him and named him Moses—meaning “out of water.” By God’s grace and providence, Moses’s own mother gets to nurse her child and is paid proper wages to raise an adopted prince of Egypt until he no longer needs to nurse.
This Egyptian woman has pity at least on the babe and sympathizes with the Hebrew people, the people her father oppressed and murdered. She disobeys her father’s decree and even gives the Hebrew male child a Hebrew name while paying a healthy wage to his biological mother and nurse. Even in a heathen nation that oppresses and kills the people of God, God is at work in the hearts of some and working out his purpose in the world.