Sunday, March 29, 2009

Miriam, A Sister's Love

I have always loved the story of Miriam. She was an Israelite who long ago, was enslaved with her family, in the land of Egypt. The Pharaoh at that time became afraid of the Israelites because they had grown so strong and numerous. He ordered the midwives to destroy every newborn baby boy. When the midwives refused to do so, soldiers were sent. It must have been a terrible, frightening time.

Thus Miriam's baby brother was hidden for three months. When they could no longer hide the baby, his mother came up with a novel idea. And so the tiny baby floated upon the waters of the Great Nile River in a papyrus basket coated with tar and pitch. His sister followed at a distance, hidden in the thick reeds.

The Pharoah's daughter was walking along the river's bank seeking a place to bathe. She saw the basket and sent one of her servants to get it. When she opened it, little Moses was crying, and this touched the Royal lady's heart.

Then Miriam bravely stepped from the reeds saying, "Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?" So the Pharoah's daughter paid Moses' mother to be his nurse. The royal lady loved the boy and adopted him as her own son. Moses grew up to be a great man, who saved his people from terrible cruelty and slavery.

His little sister's gentle love, bravery and loyalty are an example to us all.

4 comments:

Smart Mouth Broad said...

I love this story too and this piece is beautiful. As always, I love your colors.

June said...

This is really beautiful. The story and the artwork
Hugs June x

Clytie said...

Most of the time Miriam's part of the story gets overshadowed by the grandness that followed. Thank you for reminding us of a sister's love. Artwork is spectacular, by the way!

Catherine said...

What a beautiful drawing, Beth! Such vibrant, yet peaceful, colors. And wonderful to again hear the story of Miriam - a reminder of how brave love can change lives.