2008-06-16 - Amram and Jochebed: Involved Parenting
Through Amram and Jochebed's faith, their son was given a chance at life. (Exodus 2:1-10, Acts 7:20-21, Hebrews 11:23)
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 NKJV)
Amram and Jochebed were the parents of Aaron, Miriam, and Moses. This couple saw something extra special in their infant son Moses, and hid him to keep him alive. Society told Moses' parents that his life was useless; his body should be a casualty. They disagreed, and made the necessary sacrifices to keep their child alive.
At the time of their son's birth, there was a new policy, which dictated that all new male infants be killed. Amram and Jochebed did not want this fate for their baby son, so they hid him for three months. When it got too difficult to hide the lad any longer, Jochebed placed him in a basket in the river, where the Pharaoh's daughter happened to be. She felt the only way to protect her baby was to give him away, to grant him a chance at life.
Miriam, the baby's sister, followed their mother and witnessed her brother sailing down the river, and asked the princess if she needed someone to nurse the baby, having her mother in mind. Jochebed was able to nurse her own child, and was paid for doing this service for Pharaoh's daughter. When it was time, the baby was returned to the princess, who adopted the infant and named him Moses.
Jochebed and Amram were willing to give up their child, so he could live. They put his needs before their own. We also need to have faith that our God will bring something good in horrific situations, and that justice will prevail. Even if it is all we have to cling to, we hang on to God.
Lord, Grant me the assurance that You are in control of the situation. I also know that Your timing is perfect. I find myself starting to doubt that relief will come soon. Show me what to do, while I wait for my prayers to be answered. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.