Friday, May 12, 2017

Mothers of the Bible: Part Two

The second mother in our Mothers of the Bible series displays a character of unselfishness and sacrifice.

Most of us are familiar with the account of Baby Moses and his mom gently placing him in a basket in the river to save his life.

A little background info: The Pharaoh at the time in Egypt became scared of how mighty in both number and strength the children of Israel were.  To cut down on their number, and eventually strength, he ordered the male babies to be killed.

With a seemingly impossible choice, Jochebed hid her son until he was 3 months old.  Then she made him a small ark, or floating basket, and gently placed him in the river, sending his sister to watch to make sure someone found him.

God rewarded Jochebed's selfless act by bringing her son back to her and blessing the life of Moses.   She was granted the job of being his nurse to feed him until he was old enough to be raised by Pharaoh's daughter.

Proverbs 31 discusses the godly work of bearing and raising children as not only complex and demanding work, but also praiseworthy.

It wasn't until the New Testament that Moses' mother was commended for putting her faith into action.  As a mother, we do not always receive the praise for all the sacrifices we make for our children, but we do it anyway because we love our children.

Often times, Moms don't get the message that their job of being a mother is just as important and praiseworthy as many other positions or careers.

In the first two chapters of Exodus, a book filled with many courageous events, it sends an important message by first sharing how to follow God by sharing of the incomparable importance of bearing, raising, protecting and helping children.  The very first act of courage in Exodus is one of undaunted midwives helping to save babies and a mother protecting her child.

From this courageous mother, we learn the importance of sacrifice and unselfish love.  Our personal desires must be put aside many times as a mother, but God hasn't forgotten your heart's desire.  He loves you still, and we must trust He has the better plan, just like He did for Jochebed and her baby, Moses.

In case you missed the first part of the series,
Mothers of the Bible: Part One.

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