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by Donald Geddes — last modified Dec 13, 2014 08:51 PM
by Donald Geddes

Out of the terrible devastation in Gaza as a result of the war with Israel, has come an amazing story of how a baby was saved. The 23 year old mother, who was nine months pregnant, was a casualty of an Israeli airstrike. She was pronounced dead on arrival at a Gaza hospital. Miraculously the doctors managed to save the baby girl.

The Bible also has accounts of the miraculous way in which a baby was saved from certain death – and these stories are of great significance!

When Moses was born, his life was in great danger because Pharaoh, who was concerned at the rapid growth of the Hebrew population, had ordered that all baby Hebrew boys were to be thrown into the River Nile. Moses’ mother hid her baby for three months, and then placed him in a papyrus basket which she put in the river, fulfilling Pharaoh’s command.

The basket was discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter, who hired Moses’ mother to look after the baby until he was old enough to live in the palace. Thus Moses was saved in order to be the saviour of the Children of Israel who lead His people out of slavery in Egypt.

This story is a type or picture of Jesus who was also saved as a baby in order to become the saviour of God’s people. When Herod heard of the birth of “one born to be King of the Jews”, he ordered that all baby boys in the vicinity of Bethlehem were to be put to death but Joseph had been warned in a dream and he, Mary and baby Jesus escaped to Egypt, only returning to Nazareth after Herod’s death.

The significance of this escape is depicted in Revelation 12 where John sees a vision of a pregnant woman about to give birth. She is clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. The twelve stars (representing the twelve tribes) identify her as faithful Israel embodied in Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Her son is said to rule all nations with an iron sceptre (v5) clearly indicating this is King Jesus.

The woman was confronted by an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his head… The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. This dragon is identified in verse 9 as that ancient Serpent called the devil or Satan. He is the great enemy of God who deceives the nations (20:3,8,10) and leads the whole world astray (12:9).

The woman gave birth to a son, a male child, but Satan was thwarted in his aim to kill the woman’s baby as her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. Not only was Jesus spared as a baby but Satan’s ultimate attack to have Jesus crucified failed at the Resurrection.

John hears a loud voice in Heaven make the victorious proclamation, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down (v10).

Jesus was spared to be our Saviour and to triumph over Satan in his war against God’s people (v13). One day we will join in those who rejoice in this victory in Heaven.