Jochabed, Did You Know?

One of my very favorite Christmas songs is Mary, Did You Know? Especially when sung by CeeLo Green. It asks Mary, the mother of Jesus, if she is aware that her baby boy would be the savior of the world. And of course she did. The angel Gabriel gave her a heads up.

But, the mother of Moses, Jochabed, didn’t get the heavenly pronouncement. At least not that is written in scripture. But when he was born she and her husband could see he was more than just a pretty baby.

Moses was beautiful to God.  

At that time Moses was born–a beautiful child in God’s eyes. His parents cared for him at home for three months. Acts 7:20

Some scholars say Jochabed knew that her son was born to save his people and that she was there when the Israelite slaves escaped from oppressive Egypt. The Bible doesn’t give clear indication.

But don’t you think every Mama wants her child to be someone’s saving grace?

Whether it’s the one that needs to be found so the 99 are left. Or an entire race of people who have been disenfranchised. Some mama’s baby boy or girl is THE ONE who God has called, equipped and ordained to bring His person or people out of bondage.

Jochabed had three such children: Aaron, Miriam and Moses were all sent at just such a time to save and lead in their own ways. How do you parent that kind of greatness? 

quote-no-one-can-make-you-feel-inferior-without-your-consent-eleanor-roosevelt-157896Maybe the mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr and Ghandi and Clara Barton and Eleanor Roosevelt all somehow poured into them from birth. How they could be the hope that allows others to see themselves better in the world God has placed them in. Somehow instilled in them the courage to answer the call of God on their life.

Like Jochabed did for Moses in the three short years she nursed him. 

Her name means Yahweh is glory. Mark D. Roberts writes in an article for The High Calling that God’s glory is God’s weightiness in wonderful qualities such as might, beauty, goodness, justice, and honor.

Jochabed’s name is a reminder of the abundant characteristics of God.

They are difficult to fully describe, but we know when we see or experience them. Could that be how the parents of world changers raise their children? Being living witnesses of the abundance of the glory of God. Allowing them opportunities to see and experience for themselves the weightiness of God’s glory.

In this season of Advent, of waiting for our Savior Christ to come, I am reminded that He is the only one who can truly save any of us. And He uses people, all of us, as the conduit through which His blessings come.

Not just those the Moses’ of the world. But the Jochabed’s as well. All of us get to be the hope of better days ahead to those who cross our paths each day. Your Mama is so proud of you!


 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Hebrews 6:19 NLT


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Hey there friend! Andrea McCaskey here. I believe everything happens for a reason, life is meant to be lived in relationship with others and there is beauty to be found everywhere if we look. I am a friend of God, wife of Jamal and mother of Brandon and Madison.

To read more of Andrea’s Breath on Paper bio, click here.

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