My dear fellow Proverbs 31 women in progress,
Have you ever been in a desperate situation where you didn’t know how to act?
Have you ever thought that the Lord has forsaken you because he allowed some bad things to happen to you?
If you have answered yes to both of these questions, you’ll love the story of Jochebed! We can learn great lessons from her life, especially on courage and integrity.
Meaning: Jehovah is her glory
Family: Amram (nephew and husband), Aaron (eldest son), Miriam (daughter), Moses (youngest son)
Qualities: sharp, energetic, faithful and courageous
Mostly known for: saving her newborn baby Moses from a certain death by putting him in a basket on the Nile River
Her sadness: to be forced to abandon her son to save his life because of an ungodly decree from Pharaoh
Lived during Biblical Times (Exodus 2).
Jochebed is Levi’s daughter – Levi was the third son of Jacob that he had with Leah. She married her nephew Amram and had three children from him: Aaron, Miriam, and Moses.
However, she lived during a hard time for the children of Israel. A new Pharaoh who never knew Joseph, the son of Jacob who was Prime Minister of Egypt, took over.
He feared the children of Israel as the Lord had multiplied them and started thinking that the Israelites were a threat. First of all, he enslaved the children of Israel.
Afterwards, he imagined a decree which could be assimilated to a pure and simple genocide. He told the midwives who cared for Israelite women and to all his people to kill all the newborn Israelite boys, but to let the girls live.
At that peiod, Jochebed was pregnant with Moses. She delivered her baby and hid him during three months, as she saw that the baby was beautiful.
However, when keeping her baby started to be dangerous for her family, she made a basket and put the baby on the Nile River. Then, she asked her daughter Miriam to watch the baby and to keep an eye on what would happen to him.
And it happens that the daughter of Pharaoh came to bathe in the river with her maidens. She discovered the basket and found the baby crying.
She knew that the baby was Hebrew, but she was moved by him, as it was a beautiful baby. So Miriam came out and asked the daughter of Pharaoh if she wanted a Hebrew nurse to breastfeed the baby.
The daughter of Pharaoh accepted and Miriam called her mother. So the daughter of Pharaoh told Jochebed to nurse the child and that she would be paid for that.
Jochebed took the child and nursed him. Then, when the baby was old enough, she took him to the daughter of Pharaoh who named him Moses.
- Jochebed is the first person in the Bible to have her name compounded with God (Jehovah).
- The children of Jochebed became renowned in their own sphere and started a sacred lineage: Aaron was the first high priest of Israel and started the Aaronic priesthood which lasted until the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD; Moses became one of the greatest leader, legislator and prophet that came on this earth; and Miriam was one of the greatest prophetess of the people of Israel. Well done, Jochebed!
What we can learn from Jochebed
Jochebed’s story shows us how we can act during difficult times. She was facing death, but she took her chances to save her son by having an unwavering faith in God.
And the Lord rewarded her as her son was adopted by the daughter of Pharaoh who is the very person who ordered the genocide of all Israelite male child! Isn’t that crazy? It reminds me of a portion of the Scripture which says:
When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Also, this story shows that Jochebed was certainly a remarkable mother. She was willing to risk everything in her life to save her baby’s life. It shows how far the heart of a mother can go, just to ensure that her children are safe.
That’s why if you read this story today, praise the Lord for your mother and thank her for everything she did for you, to raise you and to take you where your are now.
Finally, Jochebed’s faith was rewarded by the fate of her children. Jochebed will always be remembered as a woman having a sacred offspring, as her children were all champions in the sight of the Lord.
As God-fearing women, we must strive to raise sons and daughters who will be great in the sight of the Lord and not in the sight of the world. Are you a mother? Start teaching the fear of the Lord to your babies.
Who knows what you child can become when he/she grows up? Probably a missionary, a pastor or someone who has great knowledge of the Word of God like Aaron. Or a great legislator and statesman like Moses. Or a great female leader and prophetess like Miriam!
So that’s all for today! What did you think of the story of Jochebed? Please share your comments below!
And as always, stay blessed!
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