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In these passages is the account of Joseph dying at the age of 110. After Joseph died, Israel was very prolific, and its population grew rapidly. Eventually, a new Pharaoh arose in Egypt. This Pharaoh did not know about Joseph, and he was concerned about the large population of Israel or Hebrews as they were also known. The Pharaoh wanted to control the Hebrew population, so he commanded the midwives to kill each male baby that was born. The midwives served God and did not obey the Pharaoh. Israel continued to grow in population. Then Pharaoh commanded that all the male babies will be thrown into the Nile River. After this edict, Moses was born. His mother placed him into a wicker basket and placed him in the Nile River. Moses was found by Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses’ sister had been watching the basket float among the reeds of the Nile. When Pharaoh’s daughter found Moses, she wanted to keep him. Moses’ sister approached her and asked if she would like Moses’ sister to find a woman to nurse the baby. Pharaoh’s daughter said yes, and Moses’ sister took Moses back to his mother to nurse him. Pharaoh’s daughter paid Moses’ mother for this service. This story is a great example of God orchestrating events for His purposes. Moses would eventually lead Israel out of Egypt and into the promised land.

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