Jochebed is mentioned by name only twice in the Bible (Exodus 6:20 and Exodus 26:59) - both times in geneologies/censuses. Her story only covers ten Bible verses (Exodus 2:1-10). But her impact? Her devotion? Unquestioned.
Jochebed gave birth to Moses at a critical, and dangerous, time in the history of her people. They were slaves to the Egyptians, and the pharaoh was trying to reduce their numbers. So he ordered that all Hebrew baby boys be thrown in the Nile. (Exodus 1:22)
Jochebed, however, hid her son for three months (because, according to both Exodus and Hebrews, she knew he was not an ordinary child). She was not afraid of Pharaoh's edict (Hebrews 11:23).
But you can only hide a baby for so long. So she hatched a plan that I'm sure you are all familiar with. The basket. Her daughter to observe. The Nile. Pharaoh's daughter.
And then, the most remarkable thing happens - likely in Jochebed's eyes, anyway.
This baby, who she protected and hid for three months, then set in a basket along the Nile, is given back to her, if only for a while.
Then his [Moses's] 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. Exodus 2:7-9So Jochebed not only saved her precious son's life - she got to be his wet nurse. And get paid for it.
I wonder how scary it was to let her boy go like that. To take her precious child and leave him in a basket - to trust God to take care of him.
It's so encouraging - to me anyway - to see how He rewarded her. Not only did she get to be her own son's wet nurse, almost definitely teaching him as she wanted to from the beginning, but she became the mother of one of the greatest men of the Old Testament - and the very first high priest.
May we all have this kind of faith.And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
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