The Bible gives us little information about Pharaoh’s daughter, but it does give us insight into the life she lived. We know that as the daughter of the reigning Pharaoh, she was an Egyptian princess. We also know the kind of man her father was.
The Pharaoh was an insecure ruler who feared the Hebrew nation because they outnumbered the Egyptians. His solution was to make their lives miserable, but the more he afflicted them, the more they multiplied. He ordered the midwives to kill Hebrew baby boys, but they ignored his command. Finally, in desperation, he ruled that all Hebrew baby boys were to be cast into the Nile river. This is the type of man her father was.
Pharaoh’s daughter lived a royal life with servants to attend to her every need. When she went to bathe, maidservants followed her. When she saw something floating in the water, they went to get it for her. She was used to being surrounded by individuals whose only job was to serve her. So when a random Hebrew girl popped up, it didn’t surprise her.
But in Exodus 2:6, we see that the princess wasn’t the same as her father. “…she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, ‘This is one of the Hebrews’ children.’” (NKJV)
Though she risked the wrath of her father, the princess adopted a Hebrew baby. In her royal palace she provided him a princely upbringing that prepared him for what God had in store for him. Her adopted baby boy would grow up to save the Hebrew people from the Egyptian Pharaohs.
We have no idea the impact that our acts today may have on tomorrow’s future.
Pharaoh’s Daughter in Scripture: Exodus 2: 1-10
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