When she could not hide him any longer, she took a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and with pitch. She put the child in it and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank, Bible see other translations

“laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank.” Moses’ mother did not float Moses in a basket down the Nile like many stories and movies portray. Moses’ mother knew the only chance Moses had of surviving was if he was found and pitied by a member of the royal family, so she used great care and wisdom when placing Moses in the reeds at the bank of the Nile. The point was not to hide Moses, the point was to have him found by the right people; which thankfully is what happened.

This should be a great lesson for us. Too many people think that “God is in control” and we can just roll the dice and let God determine the outcome. Thankfully, Moses’ mother did not think or act that way, or she would have floated Moses to his death, perhaps in the gut of some Nile crocodile. God is not “in control” in the way many people think He is. Furthermore, God says, “Wisdom is the principal thing” (Prov. 4:7 KJV). If we want to be successful in life we have to use wisdom, make deliberate decisions, and take decisive action. Moses’ mother also had Miriam watch over Moses, because if he was not quickly found he would need to be fed. God’s people need to be like Moses’ mother: make a bold, wise plan, and be deliberate and decisive in carrying it out.

Commentary for: Exodus 2:3