But when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile River.-Exodus 2:3
Abraham Lincoln said, “No man is poor who has a Godly mother.”
He was blessed with a good and loving mother. His mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln was very religious. She was involved in church and would often read stories from the Lincoln family Bible to her children. She wanted her children to have all the opportunities she didn’t have.
Like Nancy Lincoln, Jochebed’s godly influence played an important role in saving the life of her young son; even if that meant letting him go.
Pharaoh feared that the Israelites would outnumber the Egyptians. So he commanded that all the male Hebrew babies be thrown into the waters of the Nile River. Imagine how you would feel if a solider came bursting into your home and prying your little one from your arms. Could you have prevented such tragedy?
Jochebed did what only a mother could do – save him.
After hiding him for three months she placed him in a basket and sent him down the Nile River. The same river that was to be his death would one day lead him to greater things. His older sister, Miriam followed him along the river bank until he came to rest at the same spot the Egyptian princess was bathing.
A remarkable story of love and sacrifice a mother has for her child. A story of a mother who was going to do what was right regardless of what society said.
Proverbs 22:6 says: train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Moses was fortunate to have a mother who was strong in her faith and trusting of her God. Her faith gave her the confidence she needed to send him down a crocodile infested waters with only a basket for safety and her trust in God allowed an Egyptian princess to keep the Hebrew baby she named Moses. The same Hebrew baby that would be educated in Pharaoh’s court learning the ways of the Egyptians would one day grow up to be a man of God and the deliverer of the children of Israel.
Sounds like good advice. But tell that to the mother of a child who has lost his way. A son/daughter addicted to alcohol, drugs, gambling or pornography. A mother who blames herself. A mother who has lost all hope. What advice to give that mother? Jochebed put her faith and trust in her Heavenly Father to care for and look after her son.
Sometimes as a parent that’s all we can do-let go and let God.
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