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Down by the Riverside (p1)

posted by Robert Gelinas

"Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile river to bathe…"  (Ex. 2.5)

She went down to the river to bath.  Doesn't that seem odd to you?

Pharaoh's daugther, raised in royalty, was bathing in the NILE river?  Why would she do that!?

Sure bathing in the Nile was normal practice but it seems to me that given the circumstances she would have changed her routine.  She could have had her servants bring water to her in the palace instead of wading in the waters of the Nile…with all of the bodies of the dead babies floating nearby.

Pharoah had come up with a plan to exterminate the Hebrew slaves.  He gave the order, "Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile…" (Ex. 1.22)  Within a generation the Hebrew slaves would be no more.

Could this be why Pharoah's daughter was down by the riverside wading in the water?



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