When the plagues finally turn decisively to human death, the clear implication of the verses we read this morning is that Israel is not exempt from the deadly judgment of Exod 12. Chapter 12 teaches that the Lord’s distinction (see 11:7) is by no means arbitrary, but is based on blood, based on the blood of a spotless lamb. God’s sovereign grace of deliverance requires an atoning sacrifice.
What we read in Exodus 2 is how one family responds to Pharaoh’s brutality, and how God uses this response to set in motion the events that will lead to real deliverance for the people of Israel. The key idea in this passage is that God in wise providence provides salvation through the simple faith of his people. To show this, I want to draw your attention to three key elements in the story of Moses’s birth: