And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses, saying, “Because I drew him out of the water.” (Exodus 2:10)
In Hebrew, Moses is pronounced Mosheh and is believed to be the Hebrew transliteration of the Egyptian form Monios or “child of the Nile.” Both of these terms are thematically connected by the action of being drawn from the water. Mosheh comes from the root term mashah which is “to draw out.” This root word is, in turn, related to another interesting Hebrew root – mashach – which means “to separate out.” So in Hebrew thinking, not only was Moses drawn out of the water but he was separated out for a special purpose.
As we know that purpose was to lead his people from Egyptian bondage and thus be considered for all time as their deliverer. As such, Moses serves as a picture of the ultimate deliverer, the Messiah, which in Hebrew is pronounced mashiach. This word comes from the root we just referred to that means “to separate out.” Thus we understand that the Messiah is one who is separated out for a special purpose. Mashach also means to “consecrate” or “anoint” and thus the word Messiah actually means “anointed one.”
Obviously, Moses was anointed for a unique purpose and it required that he be drawn from the water and separated from his family. This had to be that he might, one day, deliver God’s people. Messiah was anointed for a unique purpose that required He bear the sins of the world upon the cross. This also had to be so that we might be forgiven of our sin and delivered from our bondage.
Consequently, you and I have been “drawn from the water,” in a manner of speaking, in that we have been called out of the nations to be His witnesses. To that end, we have been consecrated to His service and anointed to fulfill this role. Though challenges and disappointments are certain, we must commit ourselves to see to it that the purpose for which we have been anointed is fulfilled. With the help of the Almighty, we will. Remember — the same God who anointed Moses for his task is the same God who has anointed you for yours.
Blessings and Shalom,