“About this time, a man and woman from the tribe of Levi got married. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that he was a special baby and kept him hidden for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile River. The baby’s sister then stood at a distance, watching to see what would happen to him.”
“Soon Pharaoh’s daughter came down to bathe in the river, and her attendants walked along the riverbank. When the princess saw the basket among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it for her. When the princess opened it, she saw the baby. The little boy was crying, and she felt sorry for him. ‘This must be one of the Hebrew children,’ she said. Then the baby’s sister approached the princess. ‘Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?’ she asked. ‘Yes, do!’ the princess replied. So, the girl went and called the baby’s mother. ‘Take this baby and nurse him for me,’ the princess told the baby’s mother. ‘I will pay you for your help.’ So, the woman took her baby home and nursed him. Later, when the boy was older, his mother brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him as her own son. The princess named him Moses, for she explained, ‘I lifted him out of the water.’” (Exodus 2:1-10)
Moses was born during a very difficult time for the nation Israel. Scripture says that the Jews were living in the land of Egypt and had been forced into slavery. The Bible also says that because they continued to grow in number, Pharaoh commanded that every male child be killed at birth.
But there was one young couple by the name of Amram and Jochebed, who refused to obey Pharaoh and instead of allowing their son to be slain, they hid him for three months. Later, when the Bible says that they could conceal the child no longer, they took him down to the Nile River and placed him in a small basket and launched him out into the unknown. Their only hope was that God had a special plan for their child and that He would take care of him. Indeed, God did have a plan and few men have been used in a greater way than Moses.
Jochebed did four things every Christian parent should do:
1) She Protected Her Child
Scripture says that she hid him for three months. Parents cannot completely isolate their children from the evil that is in this world; however, we should do everything we can to help protect our children’s innocence.
2) She Prepared Her Child
Jochebed didn’t know how long she would have this baby in her care. There was danger all around and therefore she must have done all that she could to prepare him for whatever laid ahead. I wonder if she whispered in his ear many of the stories she herself had heard when she was a little girl. In what time she had, she poured everything she had into Moses.
3) She Prayed for Her Child
It’s not hard to imagine the intensity of her prayers as she pushed that little basket out into the currents of the Nile River. “Oh God, guard this little basket. Oh God, guide this little basket. Oh God, glorify Thyself in this little child.” God heard those prayers and did all that she asked.
4) She Presented Her Child
Talk about a baby dedication! Can you imagine doing what Jochebed did with a three-month-old infant? One day I was discussing this with my wife, and in her always insightful way she commented, “Jochebed had no choice. All she could do was trust God.”
Parents, do we have any other choice? Knowing what we know about the world today and anticipating what it might be like tomorrow, can we do anything less than our very best to protect our children, prepare our children, pray for our children, and present them to God for Him to use for His glory?
I thank the Lord for the godly mother he has given me and for the many years of watching my wife be a godly mother to our children. I also thank God for the opportunity to now see our two daughters continue this legacy and be godly mothers as well.
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