Author Wilbur Smith writes a great saga of books about life in ancient Egypt, up and down the waters of the Nile river. Throughout history the Nile has been the lifeblood of that section of the world, and it figures highly in both symbols of life and rebirth, and death and destruction. The image of a great water is found at both the beginning and the end of the Bible, as the waters of chaos over which moved the Spirit of God (Genesis 1:2), and in the river of life that runs through the heart of the new Holy City. (Revelation 22:1)
Water, the water of our baptism, is at the heart of our lives as believers in Jesus Christ. We are lost in the waters of sin and death, but through water and the Word we are washed and made clean, reborn as children of God and heirs of the kingdom with Christ.
As Pharaoh’s daughter drew Moses out of the water, we are raised up to our own new life. And, just as Moses was called by God to draw the chosen out of Egypt, we are each called to proclaim the gift of God in Jesus Christ to those in captivity.
Deliverer God, draw us out of the waters of sin and death, and make us clean. Amen. — MHM