Remarkable Mother ~ Remarkable Woman of Faith
Chapter 7 of the Remarkable Women of the Bible And Their Message For Your Life Today by Elizabeth George begins with the story of Jochebed.
Times were tough for Jochebed and her family. We go through many trials in our life, but Jochebed, a woman who feared God, had the one of the worst nightmares of any mother. Pharaoh of ancient Egypt saw that the Hebrews were multiplying greatly and feared that they would consider a revolt. (Genesis 1:7-10) Pharaoh gave the midwives an order to kill any boy that was born of the Hebrew women and let the female infants live. (Exodus 1:15-16) Imagine the horror Jochebed faced when approaching her delivery date. She remained faithful through all of the frightening circumstances and was placed in the hall of fame for her faith in the Almighty. She hid her son Moses for three and one-half months when Pharaoh’s edict was sent to throw the young newborns into the Nile River. (Hebrews 11:23) We can glean faith from a woman of God who faced her trial with confidence and trust in God.
“Jochebed shows you how to hold up your frightening, seemingly impossible situations to your Father in heaven. Worry ends when faith begins…and that faith ends when worry begins. So make a decision to face your trials with courage fueled by faith. Make a decision to refuse to fear and to instead place your trust in God. Declare with David, ‘Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.’” (Psalm 56:3) pg 78
Perhaps Jochebed had so great a faith in God because she would have been taught by her parents of the promise to Abraham, how God had miraculously blessed Abraham with a son in his old age and had been with him and performed miracles throughout his life. God gave the promises of a great nation to Abraham because He knew he would command his children and his household after him that they would teach his children and his children’s children the way of God.
Genesis 18:17-19 Yahweh said, “Will I hide from Abraham what I do, seeing that Abraham has surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed in him?”
Genesis 18:19 For I have known him, to the end that he may command his children and his household after him, that they may keep the way of Yahweh, to do righteousness and justice; to the end that Yahweh may bring on Abraham that which he has spoken of him.”
How important is our faith in the rearing of our children in the way of the Lord? Ask yourself this question, ‘Does my son or daughter know more about human men with supernatural powers than the God of the Bible? Someday, there will be another persecution, and they will need the faith of Jochebed and the faith of many of those who have gone before us who were taught the way of God diligently. Our children are the heritage of the Lord and are chosen by God to be kings and priests if they also follow in our footsteps, if we set the right example of loving the Lord with all of our heart, all of our soul, and all of our minds.
After Jochebed could no longer conceal her son at three months, she made a boat (ark) with reeds and placed tar inside to keep the dangerous waters of the Nile from drowning her little one. Sound familiar?
Exodus 2:3 “When she could no longer hide him, 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.”
Was Noah saved by an “ark” that was pitched with tar?
Genesis 6:14 “Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.”
Again, did she recall the miracle of God saving Noah and his family because she heard from her parents of the great flood that encompassed the earth? This may shed a little more light on why Jochebed had such faith, being taught and teaching her family the statutes and judgments of God. God commanded the Israelites to remember to teach their sons and sons’ son in the way of God.
Deuteronomy 6:4-7 “Hear, Israel: Yahweh is our God; Yahweh is one: and you shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. These words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
Again we see David expounding this command:
Psalms 78:4-7 “We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of Yahweh, his strength, and his wondrous works that he has done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know, even the children who should be born; who should arise and tell their children, that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.”
Time With Mother
Another point to consider is that she was allowed to spend time with Moses by the daughter of the Pharaoh. The first bond and closeness of the mother and her offspring is so very important. No daycare can give your child the closeness and love that a real mother can.
Did Jochebed speak of God and live out her faith as she nursed Moses?
“If you are a mother, grandmother, or aunt, God’s high calling for you is to devote yourself and your time to those children during the first few years of their lives. God has given you the important role of teaching His little ones, of informing them about Him, of nurturing them up for Him, of giving Him a godly man or woman to use for His great purposes, and Jochebed shows us how” pg 79
Are we aware of the special purpose of our children’s future? Our children are holy because we are holy, set apart, they may be princes and princesses of God. The princes and princesses of the world today receive a special education. They are tutored for a role that they will perform one day. Do we spend time with our children and make them aware that they have a special role to play in God’s plan for mankind? Their potential, in God’s eyes, is far beyond what superheroes can ever achieve. None of them ever became a king or queen and/or a priest to guide this untoward world into an age of peace and harmony. Our children are the future, and they need to know this in order to prepare themselves for their calling.
During the Feast of Tabernacles is a great time to celebrate their importance to God, that is they are our future. They will be the leaders along with us guiding the world in the millennium.
Moses knew that God, by his hand, would deliver the children of Israel. (Acts 7:25) How did Moses come to that conclusion? Did his mother inform him that he was to become the leader of a great nation from birth? It’s a curious question. Moses understood the love that his mother had for him even as He grew in Pharaoh’s house. I’m certain that his mother informed him of this while she nursed him. He had a special bond with his mother just as all nursing infants have. Three years of closeness with our own children are priceless.
“Just a few years! Do you know that 50 percent of a child’s character and personality development takes place by age three and 75 percent by age five? The first years of a child’s life are critical years for input and training. Jochebed was one of God’s faithful mothers who devoted her time those first critical years to train her son in the ways of the Lord. Indeed, the only time that she had with her little boy were those few years. If you’re a mom, please take seriously your calling as a mother. Just a few years of time devoted to God’s little ones make a world of difference!” Pg 80.
I believe that all of the years of a child’s life are important years, and that their training should all be in light of the glory of God, not evolution, not learning the ways of the world, but the ways of God.
Let’s let Jochebed’s life be an example of the faith of a remarkable servant of God and also a remarkable mother who brought up all three of her children in the way of the Lord:
Aaron, her first born became Israel’s first high priest, marking the beginning of the Aaronic priesthood (Exodus 30:30)
Her daughter Miriam was a gifted poet and musician who led the Israelite women in a victory song after God delivered them from the Pharaoh’s army , (Exodus 15:20) and with her brother was intimately involved in God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt oppression.
Moses, a small baby that Jochebed gave to pharaoh’s daughter in order to save his life (Exodus 2:10), was used by God to lead His people out of Egypt and to communicate to them His fundamental commands for life (Exodus 4:11-12; 24:3). Pgs 82-84
How much importance should we place upon the career of motherhood when it is used for God’s glory? There is no comparison.
Jochebed was the first person in Scripture to have a name compounded with Jah, or Jehovah. Jochebed means “glory of Jehovah,” Jehovah is her glory,” or Jehovah is our glory.” Pg 79
Will we, as daughters of the most High, bring glory to God by following the example of the faith and love of Jochebed? She gives us the example. Let’s follow in her footsteps of faith, and God will give us a new name at His return. What name will that be? Will it be for God’s glory?
Revelation 3:12 Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God.”
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