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A Princess Finds A Basket
The Story of Baby Moses
by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards

Text Version

"We're going to play down at the creek!" Erin and Eric shouted as they zipped out the back door. They raced down the narrow path leading to the shallow, muddy stream. Eric caught some tadpoles, which he carefully put into the plastic bucket he had brought with him. Erin picked a few of the soft, fuzzy cattails to take to her teacher the next day.

Something in the mud caught Eric's eye. "Hey, Erin!" he yelled. "Come over here and help me!" Erin skipped over to her brother to see what he was so excited about. "Look! In the mud behind that tall grass! Do you see it?"

Erin did see the little boat that Eric had lost several weeks before. They each grabbed the longest sticks they could find, and together they were able to nudge the boat out of the mud. They guided it into the shallow water where it floated right to them. Eric rinsed the mud off. Then the two started down the path back home, Eric with his bucket in one hand and his treasured little boat in the other, and Erin with her bouquet of cattails.

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Joseph was a dearly loved ruler in the kingdom of Egypt. His faith in God and his wisdom had saved the country from famine and the people from starvation. Pharaoh, the King of Egypt, had made Joseph second in command. Nothing was kept from him, except that, because he was not an Egyptian, he could not become king. Joseph's only wish was that his family could come and live in Egypt, so he asked Pharaoh for land so that his family could build their homes and bring their herds of animals. Pharaoh was happy to grant Joseph his wish and gave Joseph's family an area of land called Goshen.

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Goshen was the perfect place for Joseph's family. There was plenty of water and green grass for the herds, and the family grew and became prosperous. Joseph and his brothers eventually grew old and died, but his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren continued to enjoy life in Goshen.

Pharaoh also grew old died, and a new Pharaoh took his place as the King of Egypt. Now, this new Pharaoh didn't remember Joseph and all the good things he had done for the kingdom. He noticed that the people of Israel (Joseph's family) were strong and prosperous. He also noticed that they had become a large nation within Egypt. Pharaoh worried that the people of Israel would turn against the Egyptians, start a war, and possibly even take over the kingdom. He and his advisors decided that something must be done.



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They caused the Egyptian people to hate the people of Israel. They made the Israelites work as slaves, beating them, and making them work hard in the fields and making bricks for the new cities that Pharaoh was building. But even through the terrible hardship, the people of Israel continued to thrive and were prosperous. This made Pharaoh even angrier. He had a meeting with the nurses and told them to kill all the boy babies that were born into Israelite families. The nurses knew that this was a terrible thing and they wouldn't do it. They disobeyed Pharaoh.

Seeing that his plan wasn't working, Pharaoh sent word to all the towns and villages telling all the people that every Israelite baby boy was to be drowned in the river, but all the baby girls were allowed to live. It was a horrible law, and most people were afraid to disobey Pharaoh so many babies died.

But . . .

. . . A man named Amram and a lady named Jochebed loved and trusted God. They knew it was wrong to kill their new baby. They loved him and cuddled him. They fed him and played with him. But they were very careful not to let anyone know about the baby. How awful it must have been to have to keep that big secret! They kept the baby hidden as long they could, but it was becoming harder and harder. The baby grew stronger and his cries were becoming louder. It soon became impossible to keep the baby quiet. They knew they could no longer keep the baby hidden at home.

Jochebed had an idea. She made a strong basket bed out of the rushes that grew along the river's edge. Amram coated it with pitch, which made the basket waterproof. Jochebed placed a soft blanket in the basket, placed the baby inside, and covered him to keep him warm. She put a lid on the basket. Then . . .

Baby In A Basket

. . . she placed the basket in the river. She told Miriam, the baby's big sister, to hide in the rushes and watch over the basket. Miriam found a good hiding place and waited quietly. She was anxious to see what was going to happen, but she was also afraid.

What if she wasn't hidden well enough? What if someone saw her and wanted to know why she was hiding? What if the basket floated away and she couldn't see it? She was so full of questions, and it was so hard to just stay and wait! Sometimes she wished she could just go play with the other girls, but she knew she had to obey. Besides, she loved her little, baby brother so much, she just had to stay and see what might happen.

As she sat quietly, she heard a whimper, then a little cry. "OH, NO!" she thought. "Ple-e-e-ease don't cry!" But the baby was crying and there was nothing she could do about it. She sat fearfully, almost in tears herself, wondering if anyone else was around and if anyone else heard the baby crying.

Princess and her maids

"What is that?" she thought, bolting upright with a start. She was hearing a rustling among the rushes. As quietly as she could, Miriam inched herself closer to the river and moved a few leaves to the side so she could get a better look. What she saw made her shudder with dismay.

Truly it couldn't get any worse than this! It was Pharaoh's own daughter, the Princess, and her maids coming down to the river. Miriam hoped against hope that the Princess wouldn't see the little basket and wouldn't hear the baby cry.

Her hopes were dashed when she heard the Princess tell her maids to get the basket for her. With a heart full of fear, Miriam watched as the Princess opened the basket. Would she take the baby out of the basket and throw him into the river to drown? Miriam almost couldn't bear to look.

What a surprise it was when she saw the Princess reach into the basket and lovingly pick up the baby! As she patted him gently to stop the crying, she exclaimed to her maids, "This must be one of the Israelite's babies. He is so cute! I think I will keep him for myself."


Princess Finds The Basket


When Miriam saw that the Princess was kind and had compassion for the baby, she quickly rushed out of her hiding place. Excited and out of breath, she could hardly get her words out as she spoke to the Princess. "Would - Would - you like me to f-find a woman to care for the baby and be his nurse?" she asked.

The Princess looked kindly at Miriam. "Please do," she replied softly.

With joy, Miriam hopped and skipped as fast as she could back to her own home and quickly brought her own mother to meet the Princess.

The Princess, not knowing that Jochebed was the baby's mother, asked her to take the baby home, feed him and care for him. She even offered to pay for all his expenses! When the baby grew into a young boy, Jochebed returned him to the Princess who adopted him as her own son. The Princess named the baby "Moses" because she had found him in the water. God worked out a marvelous situation. Moses, the slave child, grew up in the palace of Pharaoh!


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THINK

Why did the People of Israel go to Egypt?
Why was the new Pharaoh afraid of the People of Israel?
What was Pharaoh's plan?
Why did Pharaoh's plan not work?
How did Jochabed and Amram save the baby?
Who found the baby?
What did the Princess name the baby?



REMEMBER

Trust in God to turn bad situations into good.



A VERSE TO LEARN

"And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water" (Exodus 2:10b).



LET'S PRAY

Dog and boy praying

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Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us
and caring about us. Help us to remember that
when we trust and obey You, You can make even
the worst situations work out for good.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?

Exodus 1:6 - 2:10



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crayons

Princess and Maids with Memory Verse
Princess and Baby Moses with Memory Verse
Online coloring
Baby Moses
Story of Moses (Bible Colour and Learn)
Bible Story Cards Coloring Book - Old Testament
Bible Story Coloring Pages (Reproducible)
Children's Coloring Books
My Bible Coloring Book (Shirley Dobson)
Old Testament Scenes Stained Glass Coloring Book
Smart Coloring Books



activities

Color, Cut and Scramble the Memory Verse
A Princess Finds A Basket Maze
A Princess Finds A Basket Word Search
A Princess Finds A Basket Crossword Puzzle
Moses Is Born (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Baby Moses (Pencil Fun Books)
Baby Moses Stickers
Moses and the People of God Puzzle Block Bible
Exit Us Out of Egypt: Quizzles About Moses
God Saved Moses Take Home Sheet
Help Moses As A Baby Maze
Best Book of Bible Activities
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
Amazing Bible Mazes
Memory Verse Games for Kids (Take Me Through the Bible Series)
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1 (Gospel Light Big Books)
Christian and educational toys
Children's Activity Books
Children's Puzzles
Crossword Books
Games
Bible Word Search



crafts

Make Moses In A Basket
Baby Moses Paper Craft
Weave A Basket Paper Craft
Basket Crafts
Make Your Own Bible Game
Puppet Crafts For Kids
Craft Ideas For Any Story
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget (Grades 1 & 2)
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 6-8)
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget (Ages 5-10)
Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Praise God With...Craft Series
Praise God with a Paper Plate (PreK-Grade 2)
Really Big Book Of Cool Crafts For Kids w/CD-Ages 4-12 (Reproducible)
Children's Crafts & Hobbies



singing birds

Bible Story Songs: Moses Volume 1 - The First 80 Years, From His Birth to the Crossing of the Red Sea (Bible Songs)

Bible Story Songs: Moses Volume 2 - The Last 40 Years, Fed and Led in the Wilderness

God Made Families
Jesus Loves the Little Children
The Birth of Moses (Let's Sing Sing Sing)
Kids Favorite Bible Stories & Songs: Moses & David 2 DVD Set
Moses Songs for Younger Singers: Selections from Moses Volumes 1 and 2
The BIBLE: Let's Sing About the Book We Love!
Children's Music



child reading a book

Don't Mess with Moses (Standard Publishing)
The Story of Baby Moses
The Story of Baby Moses Exodus 1:1-2:10
Baby Moses Safe In The Bulrush Basket
Baby Moses in a Basket (Happy Day Books)
Baby Moses (Famous Bible Stories)

Moses Comic
Beginners Bible: Baby Moses and the Princess (I Can Read)
Moses the Child: Kept by God
Hide the Baby: Exodus 2:1-10 The Birth of Moses
(Hear Me Read)

Moses and the Long Walk (Arch Books)
Moses Bible Graphic Novel
Moses' Dry Feet (Arch Books)

My Name Is Moses
The Big Sister's Secret: The Story of Miriam
Tiny Baby Moses (Arch Books)

Trouble At The Well- Moses Helps In Midian
(Stick-With-Me Bible Stories)

100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Baby's First Bible
Beginner's Bible
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Bible stories
Early Reader's Bible
Five Minute Devotions for Children (ages 4-8)
Little Hands Story Bible
The Children's Illustrated Bible
Bible stories
Toddlers Bible
Pilgrim's Progress for Kids
Children's Books
Spanish Children's Books
The Picture Bible (also in Spanish)


CDs and Videos

Amazing Bible Stories

Bible Comes Alive 1 (Your Story Hour)
Bible Stories Volumes 1 & 2
Children's Audio Bible Stories
Double Feature: Ben Hur & the Story of Moses (Greatest Heroes & Legends)
Moses (Greatest Adventures) Shop Now
Little Moses (Little Leaders Series)
Moses (Bible Collection)

Story of Moses (Greatest Heroes & Legends)
Read and Share Ultimate Bible Storybook with 2 DVDs
Veggie Tales: Heroes of the Bible
What's in the Bible Vol. 2: Let My People Go—Exodus
Bible Story DVDs for Children
Children's DVDs



Resources For Parents and Teachers

801 Questions Kids Ask About God (Focus on the Family)
Absentee Postcards
African American Resources
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher (Bruce Wilkinson)
Bible Crafts and Activities for Any Story
Big Book of Bible Games (Gospel Light)
Bulletin Board helps
Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
Children's Church Resources
Children's Sermon
Church Nanny Sos: Teaching Discipline Essentials for Preschool Ministry Volunteers
Church Supplies
Closing Prayer
52 Games That Teach The Bible
Flannel Graph Story Sets to Purchase
Free educational videos
God's Servants Teach Me (Instant Bible Lessons)
God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher (Focus on the Family)
How To Lead a Child To Christ
King James Version Award Bibles
Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings
Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids (Kay Arthur)
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
Memory Verse Ideas
Memory Verse Resources
Object Talks
Opening Prayer
Parenting
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
Puppet Scripts
Resources for Teachers
Seven Laws of the Learner (Bruce Wilkinson)
Spanish Resources
Sunday School Attendance Boosters: 165 Fresh Ideas
Sunday school resources
Talking to God (Instant Bible Lessons)
Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
Teaching children
Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives (by Howard Hendrickss)
The Big Book of Bible Skits
Things To Make Craft Activities
Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know
(by Elmer Towns)



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