- Exodus 2:1 (KJV)
- Exodus 2:2 (KJV)
- Exodus 2:3 (KJV)
- Exodus 2:4 (KJV)
- Exodus 2:5 (KJV)
- Exodus 2:6 (KJV)
- Exodus 2:7 (KJV)
- Exodus 2:8 (KJV)
- Exodus 2:9 (KJV)
- Exodus 2:10 (KJV)
- Exodus 6:10 (KJV)
- Numbers 26:59 (KJV)
Meaning of Name: Jehovah is glorious
Scriptures: Ex. 2:1-10, Ex. 6:20, Numb. 26:59
Characteristics: Faith, Initiative
Our story of Jochebed opens in the second chapter of Exodus, where we are told she bore a child called Moses. Acts 7:20 refers to him as “exceeding fair,” which means he was beautiful to God. From the very beginning of his life, his mother knew that Moses was a “goodly, proper, and exceedingly fair” child. She also knew that she must protect him from the edict of the Egyptian king who was determined to kill all the firstborn of Israel. Faith was her outstanding characteristic.
Consider the life she led. In Israel, both men and women worked hard as slaves for the Egyptians. Jochebed already had two children when Pharaoh decreed that all male children were to be slain. Fear must have tried to grip her “mother’s heart,” but we are told in Hebrews 11:23 that she did not yield to it. Her faith in God and the value of her child caused her not to dread the penalty of disobeying the commandment of Pharaoh. Instead, she managed to give birth to her son, and then hide and closely guard him in her house for three months.
When the time came that he was too old to be concealed in the house, she devised a cunning plan. She made a waterproof basket, placed her small son within it, put it among the reeds on the river, and gave her daughter Miriam the responsibility of guardianship over him. We are not told how many days she sent the two little ones out with prayer and faith and a mother’s concern before Moses was discovered by the princess of Pharaoh. Yet, forever she shall be an example of one whose supernatural
faith overcame her natural fear. Faith in God will always set us above the ensnaring fear of man!
We all have situations that cause us anxiety. For many, it is a daily battle as we try to find a way out or a way through our trial. We need to learn a great lesson from Jochebed—we must learn to cast our particular concern upon the river of God’s love. By faith, we need to believe that He will see us through the darkness of our situation. We need to continually commit our problems and concerns to the Lord daily. We need to trust him as Jochebed did. We can be sure that she did not go and check on her son’s safety hourly. She committed his keeping to God, relying only upon His care. We need to truly cast our cares upon Him until we see our problem resolved.
In the case of Jochebed, God’s answer by the hand of Pharaoh’s daughter seemed the most unlikely solution to the problem. Often it will be that way for us as well! Just as He did Jochebed, God will often require a response of faith from us that may seem absurd to our minds. Yet as we respond obediently, He will accomplish His greater purposes in our lives. In times of greatest difficulty, it is right and good to depend upon the purposes of God, and commit all our ways unto Him.
How wonderfully Jochebed was rewarded for her faith and foresight. As the story goes, her son was returned to her, and she had the honor and privilege of teaching and training him in the ways of God for a number of years. A child’s beginnings are so important. A mother’s influence upon them is so crucial. How clear it is that Jochebed did her job diligently. All three of her children became great leaders in Israel, and her son Moses, who inherited the faith and boldness of his mother, became perhaps the greatest leader of all time. We too must covet this same gift of faith so that it may be
imparted to all of our natural and spiritual children. We should desire to become a mother in Israel who will nourish and guide those young ones that God places in our care.
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