Joechebed – The Act of Faith
JOCHEBED – HER ACT OF FAITH
She had faith with her husband when most Hebrew women were not. Instead of being afraid (opposite of faith) of the King’s commandment she kept her faith.
There are many devices crafted against children today like violence and homosexuality on Television. Some government (King’s) laws are already made mandatory against our children’s faith and destinies in some countries. The Lord needs mothers who will stand in faith against these evil laws.
HER PERSEVERANCE IN HIDING MOSES FOR THREE ( 3 MONTHS):
It was not an easy task for the mother of Moses to hide him for 3 months because it requires undivided attention so he won’t cry; causing him to be discovered. This suggests to me that she did not do a naming ceremony for him, there was no circumcision, he was put to breast on demand, so he won’t cry and lots more. She continued in the routine of nursing him for three (3) months not doing anything else
“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.” – Heb 11:23 By faith, she released her child to the world of the river Nile (the longest river in the world); a river where all children shall pass through. River Nile is the condition where we can not always be with our children. The destinies of many children were buried or floating in the Nile.
JOCHEBED RELEASED HER CHILD WITH THE FOLLOWING:
A Mariam at a distance hiding: Even when we can’t be with them all the time there must be a ‘Mariam’ like grandparents, families relatives, friends, or neighbors who fear God.
Their role is to stand watching and praying for mothers when they can’t help themselves.
They will not suggest new things/training to Pharaoh’s daughter’ about the child nor will they seek opportunities for themselves.
They will not teach the child different things or values that are contrary to what the mother has taught the boy.
They will point the child and every opportunity back to their mother.
Their (Mariam’s) reward is that they will have a prominent role in Moses’ journey through the wilderness.
FLOATING ABOVE THE WORLD
She made the necessary preparation for the boy so his destiny won’t be buried in the river Nile (the world).
Exodus 2:3 And when she could no longer hide him, she took for him an ark or basket made of bulrushes or papyrus [making it watertight by] daubing it with bitumen and pitch. Then she put the child in it and laid it among the rushes by the brink of the river [Nile]. Unlike other Hebrew women (Christian women) that just cast their children into the river (world) to be drowned by the enemies, worldly fashion, and others, Jochebed placed her son in a watertight ark so he would not sink in the world. She kept the ark by the rushes by the brink of the river [Nile] so he won’t be swayed by the world.
He remained afloat and lived above the world, though Satan’s dart at him was hurled, for the faith of his mother, father and Mariam caught the joyful sound, the sound of saints on higher ground. May our children remain afloat in the world and every negative pronouncement against their destinies.
God divinely orchestrated the feet of the child’s destiny helper to the riverbank. He stopped all wicked people (Egyptians), and elements (waves) from coming to drown the child. Pharaoh’s daughter was moved with compassion when she had the cry of the baby. She knew it was from the Hebrew. She sent for a nurse and Mariam brought the mother.
May our children receive compassion and help from the hands of their enemies. May the Lord raise Mariam for mothers who will strengthen mothers when they are wearied or has nowhere to turn to.
BENEFITS FOR FAITHFUL MOTHERS
- They will have unrestricted access to high places (palaces) like Jochebed.
- All expenses for their child’s upkeep will be paid by their enemies. They will make demands of their children’s upkeep.
Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers:….
- They will be paid for their services early in their life with gold for raising their children, unlike mothers who pursue fame and a career for the financial security of their children at the expense of raising their children. They are not living a life of faith but of fear. Career women end up missing the necessary training for their children because they are not available for them.
- They will be able to wean their children, indoctrinate them with the word of God, discover their talents, gifts, and callings, and teach them to learn the family customs and values and the values of the Hebrews (the Christians). When a child is well indoctrinated with the word of God, he or she will not depart from it when they or grow up. It is a window of opportunity.
- Their children will be great and stand before Kings and not mean men, Prov. 22:29. They will stand and talk with the enemies at the gate. Psalm 127:3-5
- They will be confident of their safety and success when they release their children finally to the hands of Pharaoh/Enemies den.
This release could be to schools, families, and friends.
NB: Since she has unrestricted access to the Palace, she might stop by to check on the child or she might still be called upon for further assistance in raising Hebrew children.
Author : Sunday Oladiran is a teacher of God’s Word, committed to the revival and reformation of the body of Christ. He lives in Ibadan, Nigeria, together with his wife, Bukola. They have two children.