Hebrews 11:23, Exodus 2:1-12
Jochebed: A wonderfully crafted portrait of a mother with faith.
How did Jochebed portray faith?
- Jochebed portrayed a courageous faith.
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
- Jochebed portrayed a sensible faith.
Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
- Jochebed’s faith was rewarded.
Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said. Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”
Live It Out
- Mother’s Ultimate Purpose: foster a courageous, sensible faith that will instill in your children a knowledge of, a faith in and a love for the Lord, who sees and knows your child’s needs.
- Faith acts and is worth it – it is rewarded.
- What is the level of your faith today?