Introduction: A man from the family of Levi married a Levite woman. The woman became pregnant and had a son. She saw there was something special about him and hid him. She hid him for three months. When she couldn’t hide him any longer she got a little basket-boat made of papyrus, waterproofed it with tar and pitch, and placed the child in it. Then she set it afloat in the reeds at the edge of the Nile.
This is a classic case of a simple girl rising to fight the evil of her day. Beyond the unpopularity of her decision, I want us to look at the quality of it. This Pharaoh could pass for a Hitler, yet Joche decided to defy him at her own risk and the risk of her lineage.
I mean, what did she mean ‘he was a goodly child?’ She had other children and a God-fearing husband yet she was actually willing to sacrifice all that to preserve this one child? Or, maybe she was not.
We don’t even know his name, if he had one (remember it was Pharaoh’s daughter that named him Moses), but Joche said the child would live for as long as he could. So, what? She hid him from visitors and never fed him in public, dressed him in girl clothes and swaddled him in pink shawls so no one would notice.
I’m imagining she told Miriam, ‘call him your sister’ and her husband must have been wondering if the stress of child birth and trauma of having a male child had affected her mental strength. While still unsure about the correctness of her mental faculties, he would have said ‘Wifey, we can have other kids but I can’t have another you. I don’t want to lose you, let’s apply wisdom (you know how men like to echo the voice of reason).
Now, she may not have known she was helping God’s plan to preserve the Deliverer of Israel but she knew it could not have been God’s will to butcher her child and she decided to do the right thing even when the wrong thing was happening.
It’s not that Jochebed was sure what to do, it’s just that doing nothing was not her option.The midwife must have advised her, husband must have scolded her, fear must have gripped her but she decided that she would rather take a stand than helplessly assent to the murder of her child.
She has taught us that when you take a step, the path will open up. What have you decided? Don’t just stand there looking like that.
Story from: Exodus 2:1-3
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Written by: Tolulope Kumuyi
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