Thursday, October 20, 2011

Story of Moses' mother... Great bible study I can't stop thinking about

I attend a women's bible study on Tuesday mornings with some friends and this year we are learning about women of the bible.  Last week (2 Tuesdays ago) we learned about Jochebed.  She was the mother of Moses.  She gave birth to Moses, a baby boy, during a time that Pharoh made a law to have all Hebrew males under the age of 2 to be killed. Knowing this, Jochebed courageously hid Moses for three months. And when she knew she couldn't hide him any longer she put him in a basket in the Nile river.  When you think about your baby and how much love you had for them at just three months, and how you would do anything to protect them, it's amazing to think that she had to do what she did.  The Nile river is full of anacondas and crocodiles and all sorts of deadly things.  I don't know how long it took for her and her husband to decide that this would be their best option.  I don't know how long it took her to weave the basket that would take her baby down a deadly river.  I don't know how many tears she cried in the moments leading up to the act of giving up her precious baby to the Lord, and how many times she hugged him and kissed him before possibly never seeing him again.  But I do know that she trusted God through it all.  She knew that she could not let her son be murdered because of a law that made no sense.  I also know that God had His hand in everything that happened.  Once she sent her baby out into the river, she was trusting that God would take care of her child and she left him in His hands.  When Pharoh's daughter was bathing in the Nile, she found the baby and Moses' sister Miriam, who was watching to see what would happen to the baby, approached Pharoh's daughter and asked her if she wanted her to find a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby for her and she said Yes. So Miriam went home and got her mother, Jochebed! Jochebed was reunited with her son to nurse him for about 3 years! What an amazing turn of events.  She used that time to train her son and teach him about God, knowing that he would soon live with the Egyptians and probably never be taught about God again.  Her obedience, again, resulted in amazing events.  Because when Moses grew up, he knew in his heart that the Hebrews were his people and he chose to return to God, all because his amazing mother took advantage of the 3 years that she had with her son.  Jochebed had to give up her son twice now.  And how much more difficult the second time when she has seen him grow, and heard him talk, and seen him walk.  She got to see his personality be formed and get an idea of what kind of man he would grow up to be.  She created memories with him knowing that they would come to an end.  She would have to wonder what he ended up looking like and if he ever married.  She put her faith in the Lord knowing that his life would be written without her in it. Wow, what an incredible woman! It makes me really emotional as a mom to think of ever having to do what Jochebed did, but to know that God has a plan is a very good feeling.  I am excited to look into the lives of other women of the bible and to not just hear the story but to really try and understand the circumstances that made these women truly incredible people!

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