Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months.When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.” Exodus 2:1-10
Out of all the women of faith in the Bible, how often do you hear of the faith of Jochebed, [יוֹכֶבֶד “YHWH is glory”]? I mean, you often hear the stories of Deborah, or Ruth, or Esther, or Mary (the mother of Jesus)–who are all awesome women of God, but how frequently do you hear of Jochebed? who, in my opinion, is also one of the greatest women of faith.
True, we don’t know too much about her; there is little written of her. We don’t even know her name until Exodus 6:20: “Amram took as his wife Jochebed his father’s sister, and she bore him Aaron and Moses, the years of the life of Amram being 137 years.” Nevertheless, we can see her faith. Against the pharaoh’s will, the PHARAOH, the king of Egypt, the embodiment of the god Horus, who can do whatever he pleases, sentence to death whoever he chooses; against his will did Jochebed defy. Pharaoh commanded that all of the infant sons of the Hebrews to be cast into the Nile, but Jochebed hid her baby boy, like the brave men and women who hid Jews in their houses during the Holocaust.
For three months did she hide him, until she could no longer. She then made for him a basket and brought Moses to the Nile, having faith in her God, in YHWH, that He would deliver her son. The Nile, to the Egyptians, symbolized life. It brought to them water, watered their crops and livestock [food], provided transportation, a place to bathe, and wash their clothes. The Nile was life, and so it gave life to Moses. Amongst the reeds of the Nile was he discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter, who took him and raised him. Not only did she raise him, but she needed a nurse, who YHWH blessed Jochebed to be.
Jochebed, an astounding woman of faith, who risked her life for the life of her son. Who had faith in YHWH to deliver her son. Who was rewarded, because of her remarkable faith, to nurse her son. Moses, the one who YHWH had chosen to deliver His people out of the bondage of Egypt, rescue them from Pharaoh, who would have been been killed, if it had not been for the amazing faith of his mother.