Many Blessings everyone! Today marks another first day of the week. This is the day of the week Yeshua started creating the heavens and the earth!
<…Through Whom (His Son) He has created the worlds.> Hebrews 1:1-3
Yeshua first created something He saw to be good: light! (Genesis1:3-5) Let us sing unending praises worthy of His ears because we have light. It is separate from darkness, separates the darkness, and is part of the first duality in nature. Light’s duality helps His people to understand the spiritual nature of things in a world slightly unreal, where even spirituality itself is often misleading. This article lifts up the head of a woman who found The Father, chose obedience to The Father, and let His light teach her about Him during a time when spirituality was very strong and extremely misleading: during the times of the dark magic, and exotic forms of god worship of Egypt.
Lord, Your sacrifice is amazing. You worked so hard spiritually so that we can be saved and receive Your mercy. Your example is flawless. We know how to act and what to do because of You. We can learn how to grow spiritually, because You are exalted. Protect us and guide us as we grow spiritually and guide us in Your humility to further Your Kingdom Of Heaven on Earth, quietly being awesome, all around us.
What’s The Big Idea?:
Jochabed was a mother with a tough decision to make. She had a young babe seemingly destined to die. This woman, Jochabed, was a great mom, not in worldly terms; In fact, most earthly mothers would probably not see this woman as being a good mom if they met her in real life. Especially because of the emotional out-pour that is today’s culture. Jochabed was like a ninja mommy: sneaky, clever, decisive, possessed good timing and was blessed.
Jochebed lived in Egypt during a time when all newborn male children were to be murdered. This is quite similar to Yeshua’s birth, when Herod wanted all children under two years old killed. Moses’ survival set him apart, in a physical way, as he would have been the only male Hebrew his age in Egypt. To be set-apart is the root definition of most holy words such as holy, righteous, sanctified, anointed, atonement, and many more. “Set apart” defines holy terms, but those holy words each have their own distinct meanings beyond just meaning “to be set-apart”. Let’s get on with it, though, before we find ourselves too far down a Rabbi (Rabbi Yeshua) trail. More about that in another post maybe.
Jochebed had an impregnable need to see her baby live (Exodus 2:2). Why was her need impregnable while others caved in to the ordinance? Look and see the difference between a normal mom hiding her baby from death and an awesome mom hiding her baby from death. You’ll find that it is less mom and more God that makes an awesome mom awesome. After those three months were up, she sent him down the Nile. Pause a moment. There is something most folks overlook when talking about the three month hiding time. It is easy to overlook because it is not in Exodus, but is found in Hebrews! Jochabed (Ya-Ka-Bed) was not afraid of the King’s decree!
< By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.> Hebrews 11:23.
How is this significant? Well, it is a matter of Jochabed’s heart and who it belonged to. If Jochabed and her husband were truly surrendered to using their days to serve The Lord, putting her needs aside, they learned to fear Him. This fear of God is extraordinarily useful when it comes time to doing something that goes against leadership’s rules.
“Fear God, honor the King” (1 Peter 2:17).
Jochabed and her husband had learned at this point that they must do what The Lord commanded when what He was asking seemed hard. There is no specific Scripture to back that thought up, however it is the nature of the way that The Lord reigns. He gives great responsibility to people who have allowed Him to build them up to the point of being close enough to Him to be able to handle great responsibility. Similar to Zechariah and Elizabeth who served both in the Levitical Priesthood and walked in all God’s commands blameless. (Luke 1:6) Their behavior brought them to be responsible with serving God by raising their son to become the man known as the one crying out in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of The Lord” (Luke 1:63).
Yochabed was working with, not against God and in fearing God Jochabed learned to serve God’s needs in confidence, without fear and anxiety. Sounds backwards doesn’t it? “Hey, Charlie, get a load of what this preacher man is sayin “She feared God so she wasn’t afraid”, what a load of laundry!” Stick with me here. If Jochabed was hiding Moses because she felt like it, the confidence simply would not have been there and she would have spent the three months in fear and anxiety. Considering the nature of the way Egypt was governed, it probably would have driven her and her family to destruction, but not before they went at least a little paranoid and crazy. I am certain there were dozens of Hebrew families during this dark part of history who met their end in this way.
Not Jochabed. Apropos, her daughter was sent down river to watch Moses as he floated. As a side note, did you catch that? Both Jochabed’s children went down the Nile and met the Princess of Egypt. This screams full surrender and full obedience. The most precious things in the woman’s life fully belonged to The Lord. She was not sending Moses downriver and grasping at her daughter with kung fu mommy grip. Further, her children belonging to The Lord fully, did not mean she had no part with them, on the contrary, she served not where she wanted to serve but where and when she was commanded to serve. The outcome? Jochebed went from needing to see her son die, to her son having the Egyptian royalty pay her to nurse him and her daughter being the conduit of the exchange. God assigned everyone value in that circumstance. Well-played Levite woman, well played!
This leads to the second clue that points to Jochabed’s difference in comparing a normal mom hiding her babies from death. In beginning this second clue, The Father is not mean and uncaring towards those who love Him. He works all things for the good of those who believe. Having to make the decision to give her baby away, only to get him back to nurse him, followed by having to give him away again would be too much stress for the average mom. It is my interpretation that in this circumstance Jochabed is another example where a mother sacrificed her expectations on her relationship with her child and had become very soft, like clay, to allow her role, and her child’s role to be completely up to The Father.
<But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return…> Luke 6:35
<You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.> Deuteronomy 15:10 (These scriptures work together to teach us the simple and powerful lesson of giving without expecting anything in return, whether it is our services, our relationships, or a physical gift.)
In other words, the child is not her child. This is the reality of the circumstance for all mothers anyway. Moses was The Father’s child that Jochabed was raising responsibly in servitude to God (all the while Pharaoh thinking that it was in servitude to him, which in part, it was). Seeing that Jochabed was coming at the mother-son relationship from that standpoint (the realistic standpoint) it all makes more sense and becomes healthier and higher functioning. For example: Jochabed and her husband were victorious in hiding Moses: not because they were hiding him for themselves, or even for Moses; but, because they were hiding him for God. If they were hiding him for themselves, the confidence and contentment they needed, and had, would have been worry and anxiety leading to destruction instead of victory. This all, in fact assuming, that this couple or one of them was or was becoming just (righteous).
Finally, Jochabed was able to give Moses back to Pharaoh after the time of weening him: not because she was weening him as her child; but, because she was weening him for God. The strings a normal mother would have attached to her service were just not there, though you know those strings were something Jochabed probably had to continually fight off. Hence my statement earlier: The average mom would probably not see Jochabed as a good mother. She probably would have been viewed as callous, cold, and unloving in some circumstances. Moms can have a warm affection for their children without the wrong strings attached and without being cold: it is only possible through God, who is awesome. If Jochabed had gazed into her child’s eyes with the love of a normal mother, letting him go again would have been a hairy ordeal, very hairy. Her healthy, God-fearing attachment , I am certain was, less centered on her need for Moses in her life and more focused on how she could raise him, only to let him go, so that The Father’s needs for Moses could blossom more abundantly. And how abundantly it blossomed.
See that both Jochebed and her daughter were bold and courageous in the decisions they made and the actions they took. The result? A man that spoke face to face with God, and lead a struggling people through a struggling journey to a promised land. Moses’ people failed, but that entire failing generation, by God’s grace (power), was used to beget children who would be victorious in many places where the previous generation proved they just could not be. Yochabed let Yeshua love through her, even unto the sacrificing of her love for her children. Does this mean she didn’t love her children? No, she did what was just, because people have little idea what it means to love, though they claim to be standing on it with every once of emotion that He allows to be poured into them. He lives in the humble!