Pharaoh and the Newborns

Pharaoh’s astrologers predicted the night of Moses’s conception, and nine months later, Pharaoh summoned the Israelite mothers and their newborns.

“Bring your babes,” Pharaoh proclaimed, “and I will give you golden gifts.”

Then, when the women came, Pharaoh’s soldiers executed every male child.

Moses’s mother was more cautious. She didn’t go to Pharaoh, and when soldiers came looking for her, she hid Moses in the oven.

“God protect him!” she prayed as she threw Moses into the fire.

The soldiers came, and they did not find the child.

By God’s grace, Moses survived the fire: it did not burn him.

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Tiny Tales from the Sufis (Amazon, Author) by Laura Gibbs. Copyright 2020. Licensed CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 and mirrored here with permission.