You know how websites put up these posts about “10 Facts about (insert name of celebrity)“? Well, Jochebed is a celebrity from long ago and recognition of her name has lasted for centuries! She is one of my favorite Bible ladies. First she was extraordinarily brave and second, her children turned out well, and third, I think her name is fun to say.
So often we focus on Baby Moses and forget what a big part of the story actually belongs to his mother.
Today – let’s focus on her. Here are 10 facts about Jochebed’s life.
1. Jochebed’s reference in the Bible is because of her mothering skills. Remember her kids: Moses, Aaron, and Miriam? Her husband was Amram.
2. Jochebed and her husband were both from the priestly tribe of Levi. Amram means exalted people and Jochebed means YAHWEH is glory.
3. Moses was born while the Israelites were captive in Egypt. Remember when Joseph was in charge? The Israelites were treated kindly at that time, but that kindness was long since forgotten. The Israelites were growing in number as more and more babies were born.
4. Pharaoh had a plan. Force the Israelites into slavery and encourage their Egyptian masters to be cruel. He also encouraged their masters to give them extra hard jobs like building cities in the hot sun. Still they prospered.
5. Pharaoh went to plan B – kill the newborn Hebrew babies. Drown them in the Nile River.
6. Moses was born in the middle of the upheaval. For three months his parents hid him. (Think how difficult it is to keep a newborn quiet during an one-hour church service and then think about keeping him quiet for three months!)
7 Jochebed had her own plan. She made a waterproof papyrus basket, covered it with tar and pitch and hid it in the seaweeds along the bank of the Nile. (Jochebed had trust in God that this was the right thing to do.)
8. Miriam (Moses’ sister) watched over the basket – we don’t know why. The Bible doesn’t tell us her parents gave her that job (but maybe they did). Perhaps it was out of love for her little brother.
9. Miriam thought quickly when Pharaoh’s daughter found the basket. “I will find you a nurse,” she offered and then ran to get Jochebed. So Moses mother was able to raise her son for a few more years – years which gave her the opportunity to teach him about God. He then grew up in the palace with the very best teachers in the land. God prepared Moses to lead His people.
10. Hundreds of years later, Amram and Jochebed were remembered
in the faith chapter of Hebrews 11. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
Jochebed was a mom to remember. She loved her Lord and she loved her family. What a great lady to introduce to our kids.