Life, Hope, and Baby Goats

baby-goatI want a baby goat. Preferably, I would like a goat that is only one week or so old. I’ll take the mother too, but only on the condition that the baby doesn’t grow any older. I want a perpetually one-week-old baby goat. I came to this realization after seeing a two baby goats on TV the other night. These goats were not even 5 minutes old, and they were the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

Well maybe not the cutest I’ve ever seen. I saw some baby pictures of my two daughters the other day. Needless to say I think my two daughters are beautiful, but there is something magical about babies. It doesn’t matter if they are baby goats or baby humans…if it is a baby it’s cute.

Maybe I’m becoming soft, but there is a life that babies bring with them that is infectious. No other human can poop and vomit all over you while they simultaneously win your heart. I dare you to try. Just kidding, please don’t try that. This has to be by God’s design. It makes me wonder if God put extra effort into the design of everything baby? And if he did, was it to draw our attention to something important, something special? Was God trying to tell us something when he made babies?

I can’t help but notice that nearly all of God’s interactions with man begin with the birth of a child. Abraham and Sarah were promised Isaac, Isaac in turn was given Jacob, Jacob had Joseph, and so on and so on until you get to Exodus Chapter 1 and there is a threat to this whole process. The Bible says, “a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.” This new king must have known something we don’t. Maybe he saw something in the way God was working among his people that threatened his whole way of living. Whatever it was, something made him deliberately target babies, killing them in the Nile River.

It’s ironic that God chose to save his People by the very means Pharaoh meant to oppress them. God didn’t look among the grown Hebrew men and choose a leader to bring them out of slavery. Instead, He chose a baby. Weak and defenselessness counterbalanced with an embodiment of life and hope. God chose a baby, one who’s life was in danger of being thrown into the Nile. And instead God chose to place him in the Nile himself. God chose to bring life and deliverance to his people through Pharaoh’s chosen vehicle of death. Resurrecting, the words of Jacob (whom Pharaoh had forgotten) “What you intended for harm, God intended for good; to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

Some time later God would do it all over again. What some intended for harm would become the focus of all of God’s attention and purpose. But instead of working to get rid of this evil, God would willingly submit himself to it. The Death of God on a cross would become his means to our salvation.

And just like the story of Moses it all began the same way, with a bogus king threatening a weak and defenseless baby.

But not just any baby, the very source of life itself.blackline2This post is part of a series of posts on the Story of God:

Part One: The Power of Story
Part Two: That’s My Story
Part Three: Enslaved By Sin
Part Four: A Fate Worse Than Death

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Steven Smith

Steven enjoys sharing God's Word through speaking, teaching, and writing. He currently serves as the Youth Minister at Fairmont Park Church of Christ in Midland, Texas, and has been working in the church since 2001. He is married to his beautiful bride Celeste Smith and they have two wonderful daughters. In his spare time Steven enjoys spending time with his family, Skiing, Backpacking, Hiking, Paddling, and Camping.

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