Jochebed: The Mother of Moses

“The name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed, a descendant of Levi, who was born to the Levites in Egypt. To Amram she bore Aaron, Moses and their sister Miriam.” –Numbers 26:59

Moses and Jochebed by Pedro Américo, 1884 c/o Wikipedia

Jochebed is the mother of Moses (Exo 6:16-18; Num 26:59). She is an example of a great mother that we can see in the Bible.

She has a personal relationship with God.

She must have been born at the time when Jacob has migrated to Egypt because of the great plague in Israel. Jacob is her grandfather. Growing up in a Hebrew family, she has learned about the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. She has learned to love the Lord her God.

She placed her faith and trust in God

Her biggest problem is when the pharaoh has ordered the killing of Hebrew male infants to control the increase of the Hebrew population in fear that they could soon dominate the country.

Like any normal mother in distress, she has acted in faith. She has believed that God will save her son.

  • She made a basket for her newborn baby
  • She placed it near the Nile River
  • The pharaoh’s daughter found Moses
  • She became the nanny of her own baby and has taught him about God
  • In due time, she had to bring the child to the princess
  • Moses was educated like a noble Egyptian

The sequence of events reveals the mighty hand of God at work in her life and in Moses’ too.

She passed her faith on to her children

She has three children, Aaron, Miriam and Moses. Aaron has become the high priest for Israel and the spokesperson for Moses. Miriam is a poet, prophet and musician for the Lord and Moses, the man who talks with God face to face, a great leader of the Israel race.

How can a woman be like Jochebed?

Let the peace of God rule in her life when combating life’s troubles, in setting priorities and in seeking wise counsel. Trust that God answers prayers in miraculous ways. Learn and obey God’s word and hold on to faith because God will never fail anyone who believes. Always pray for your children.

Digested from a sermon by: Mrs. Rebecca Almazar, Choir Director, Lagro, United Methodist Church, May 8, 2011