Today on Gleaning The Scriptures, we are going to take note of a mother who had a tough decision to make. She had a young babe destined, it seemed, to die before his time. This woman: Jochabed, is a great example of what it takes to be a great parent, not just to children but to grown up children. It’s natural for moms to be great moms to their young children! Jochabed was like a ninja mommy: sneaky, clever, decisive, possessed good timing and bless-able. Be impressed when reading Exodus Ch. 3.
Let’s break this down and then go ahead and read it. Now-a-days, when someone is put in a rough spot and comes out on top, people say “well played.” In this case Jochebed deserves a “well played,” and I am sure if she were near, she would send the glory and honor to God. My dear pop once told me that it is not the situation that makes a man, it is what he makes of the situation.
Jochebed lived in Egypt during a time when all male children born were to be murdered (similar to Yeshua’s birth). Moses’ survival set him apart, as he was the only male his age in the city (much like Yeshua). To be set apart is the root definition of most holy words such as holy, righteous, sanctified, and more.
Jochebed had an impregnable need to see her baby live, as YHVH showed her that her son was “beautiful.” She sent him down the Nile after 3 months of hiding him. Moses’ sister (or Jochabed’s daughter) was sent down-river to watch. The outcome? Jochebed went from needing to see her son die at the hands of her nation’s captors, to the Egyptian royalty (their captors) paying her to nurse her son! Well played Levite woman, well played!
What can we glean from Jochabed’s actions? We must let go of the things we love most. We sometimes must let go in order to fulfill responsibilities properly. Sometimes, we must let go completely; although, we may receive those very things back, plus some. We must learn to practice Scriptural authority. The world is screaming from all sides to us that the authority should be ours but in the way the world wants and demands. Being set-apart means you don’t listen to the excuse inside your heart or head “Well, everybody else does it this way,” or “The way I handle this relationship is completely normal!” If those are the excuses holding you back from living a set-apart lifestyle unto YHVH, shouldn’t you wonder if you are as set apart as you think you are? Who put the aforementioned kind of excuses in you? Let YHVH have authority over what you do, not the world. Then again, if YHVH is not near to you, it would be apropos to walk in the world’s ways, wouldn’t it? Necessary even.