July 17: Miriam – Exodus 1:22-2:10, 15:19-21
This summer, we are looking to the women of the Bible for encouragement, advice, and examples of living life full with God. In July and August, we’re reading the stories of Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Miriam, Zipporah, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, Proverbs 31 woman, Gomer, Elizabeth, all the Marys, Martha, woman at the well, bleeding woman, adulterous woman, Canaanite woman, Lydia, Eunice, Priscilla, and the Titus 2 woman. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). An example SOAP from our team is below today’s Bible reading. Comments are always welcome on our website for questions, discussion, and accountability.
Miriam – Exodus 1:22-2:10, 15:19-21
22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”
The Birth of Moses
2 Now a man of the tribe 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. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. 6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.
7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”
8 “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”
15:19 When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen went into the sea, the Lord brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. 20 Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. 21 Miriam sang to them:
“Sing to the Lord,
for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
he has hurled into the sea.”
Miriam and the Legacy of Faith | Becky Newman
It’s assumed that the sister mentioned in Exodus 2 who watches over baby Moses and is brave enough to ask Pharoah’s daughter if she can get a Hebrew woman to nurse him is Miriam. She’s not mentioned often in the story of Moses, but here she’s described as a prophet, leader, and worshiper. After Moses’ song to the Lord, she leads the women in worshipping God, giving Him the glory for saving the Israelites. Moses, Aaron, and Miriam were raised to be strong leaders reliant on God. God put a mom with strong faith in their lives who raised them under God.
We don’t get to see how Miriam became known as a prophet or a leader, but we know her upbringing was from the same fabric as Moses and Aaron. God used these men and women of faith in a mighty way to raise a generation who would follow Him obediently to fulfill His promise and plan. You were behind every detail. And Miriam recognizes that here and leads the other women into doing the same. You are behind every detail in my upbringing and life and my kids’ upbringing too. You placed me in a family with generations of strong women of faith — I can remember my grandma going to the church every day that she could make it to pray and decorate it, and my mom still faithfully plays the organ at 72 and ensures that each and every song she plays appropriately honors You. And You want me to continue Your legacy into my kids so You can use them in mighty ways. Miriam and her mom put great trust in You, and You delivered. Likewise, I can trust You with my kids when I parent in obedience to Your ways.
Help me to lead by example, praising You in everything and following my role in Your legacy of faith. Give me patience and wisdom in parenting and perspective in Your larger picture. Help my children to fall into Your legacy as well.
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