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The wicked man flees though no-one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. – Proverbs 28:1 (NIV)
Miriam was the eldest child of Amram and Jochebed and the sister of Aaron and Moses. She was the daughter of the godly parents and the sister of two of Israel’s greatest figures.
In dealing with Miriam’s mother, Jochebed, we see how Pharaoh had commanded all the male babies of the Israelites to be drowned in the Nile and how Jochebed took every possible precaution for her beautiful baby’s safety.
Out of the common reeds grown along the bank of the river, she fashioned a small basket-boat and, making it waterproof by an inside covering of clay and an outside protection of bitumen, laid the baby in its boat by  the edge of the stream, which she knew was frequented by the Princess and her female attendants. Young Miriam, about 10 years old, followed the mother to the river side.
Anxious Miriam took the wise decision to stay back to mount guard over the safety of her little brother.
Among the reeds, the little boat with its precious cargo was spotted and brought to the Princess, who seeing the child loved him. As the baby was lifted up, he cried. He wanted feeding. Then came young Miriam’s opportunity. Out of the shadows, she stepped out so innocently and appearing curious at the screaming baby and the Princess. Miriam asked Pharaoh’s daughter “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” “Yes go” was the reply.
Miriam’s boldness reunited baby and mother. Miriam kept her silence and did not reveal her relation to the baby and the “nurse” she secured. Thus the boldness and wisdom of a ten year old girl saved her brother whom the Princess called Moses.
When he became a great hero, how Miriam must have been grateful for her share in preserving her baby brother from the cruel fate of other Hebrew infants. This is a challenge to all believers. Take bold steps to rescue the perishing.
Do I fear to proclaim the Good News to my friends?
Lord Jesus, reign in me to be bold for You. Amen.
Righteousness goes along with boldness.
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