“And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.”
She was a daughter of Levi who had a beautiful baby boy.
There was something different about him; and she was determined to fight for his life.
“In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father's house three months:”
She kept him hidden inside the house as long as she could to protect him from the execution of the law that all male Hebrew children were to be murdered.
“And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.”
She carefully prepared an ark of bulrushes that she would place him in after she covered it with slime and pitch, the same pitch that Noah used on his Ark of Salvation.
She refused to leave him unattended, so she left his sister to watch what would befall her young brother. She watched Pharaoh’s Daughter come and find Moses, and then offered to find her a Hebrew nurse to tend to the baby’s needs.
Where God guides, He provides.
“And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother. And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.”
She not only saved the life of her goodly son, she got paid to feed her own son as he grew until he was weaned.
When she placed Moses in the river that day, she had faith that he would not only survive, but also thrive. All three of Jochebed’s children were devoted to serve the Lord. They must have learned this by the example their mother set for them.
Jochebed serves as an example that sometimes God uses the most unique situations to protect His children and His plan for their lives. Her name means, “Glory to Jehovah”. She was the first person within the Scriptures to have a name compounded with Jehovah.
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