Amram and Jochebed , What thoughts must have gone through your mind when little Moses was born! “How will we keep him from the king’s edict?” “How can we hide him?” “How long can we hide him?” I’m just wondering how you handled your emotions and your impending sorrow…thinking “what if”… he were found by the king’s soldiers. Amram and Jochebed, how did you handle your fear?
Then when you could hide him no longer, and you made the little ark of bulrushes and put him in the river, how your heart must have ached for him! But then God’s providence took over again and Pharoah’s daughter found him and recognized him as one of the Hebrew’s babies. Miriam, Moses’ sister asked her about a nurse and she sent her to get one. Pharoah’s daughter told you to take him and nurse him for her. What joy! Although short-lived! Even though we know mothers nursed their babies longer back then, it would have still been too short of a time. When he was weaned you had to part with him again and he went to the palace to live. Amram and Jochebed, how did you handle your sorrow?
Then when he was grown, he saw one of his fellow Israelites being mis-treated by one of the Egyptian taskmasters and he killed the Egyptian. The next day, he realized the news had spread and he had to leave. He went into another land and became a keeper of sheep for the priest of Midian, and eventually married one of his daughters, Zipporah. After that the Lord got his attention one day with a burning bush that was not being consumed with the burning. He wanted Moses to go back to Egypt and lead His chosen people to a land that He had promised to their fathers before them.
Amram and Jochebed, I hope you lived long enough to know that the training that you gave Moses in those few years really paid off for him. He went back to Egypt on the Lord’s bidding and led God’s people out of slavery and toward a new land that was promised years before to His people. Also God, Himself, told Moses that He would raise up a Prophet like unto him that the people would hear. “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me, from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.” That Prophet was Jesus the Christ. If you could have known that, Amram and Jochebed….How did you handle your pride?
We prayed, Edna, we prayed!
©Edna L. Ingram, August 2011
Note: Today in this time and age, we Christian parents sometimes feel overwhelmed with our responsibility of rearing our children up to be faithful to God. We need to make sure that is our number one priority…and prayer is still very powerful and if we pray, believing…it can help so much in bridging the gap between our failures and what we desire for our precious offspring.