Devotion: Thursday, May 10th
And a man of the house of Levi went and took as wife a daughter of Levi. So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank. And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him. Exodus 2:1-4
Moses is one of the most significant and influential people in all of Scripture. Many who have been mightily used of God have credited the influence which their mothers had in their lives. Exodus, Chapter 1 teaches us that Pharaoh commanded the midwives to kill all the Hebrew males at their birth. Today’s passage points out that it was the actions of Moses’ mother that caused him to survive and which laid the foundation for the mission to which God would call him.
These verses, and others that follow, teach us some vital things about Moses’ mother:
- She was a woman of courage. When she chose to hide him, she was risking her own life.
- She was a woman of faith and vision. This translation says “She saw he was a beautiful child.” This doesn’t just mean he had beautiful physical features. She saw something special in her child. I like to think that through eyes of faith, she realized God had a special purpose for her son.
- She was a woman who put actions with her faith. She prepared a special ark of bulrushes to keep her child safe until the appointed time.
- In verses 8-10 we learn that she was a woman who took advantage of the opportunity she had to teach her son the ways of God. God honored Jochebed’s faith and in His sovereignty saw fit that Pharaoh’s daughter would ask her to raise Moses in his early years.
If we were to ask the average church crowd who led the children of Israel out of bondage, the great majority would know the answer. However, if we asked the same group the name of his mom, I would imagine a very small percentage would know.
Many godly leaders of influence have moms who few know by name. However, their names are known in both heaven and hell because of the sacrifices they have made for God’s kingdom. Their sacrifices have rattled the forces of darkness and opened the doors for great multitudes to enter God’s kingdom.