The Birth of Moses
It appears Moses was born shortly after the decree of the king. His brother Aaron was about 3 at the time. Miriam was clearly the oldest of the children. Later in Exodus we’re told the unnamed couple of vs. 1 were Amram and Jocabed.
“Amram married his father’s sister Jochebed, and she bore him Aaron and Moses” (Exodus 6:20 HCSB).
Jocabed, was pregnant with her third child. What should have been a positive experience was instead a fearful time. She didn’t know whether she’d have a boy or girl. And a boy would be at great risk. So, of course, she gave birth to a boy. She saw that he was a fine child. The Hebrew probably relates to appearance. He was a “perfect” baby – but the New Testament has a bit more to say. Acts 7:20 and Hebrews 11:23 tells us …
“At this time Moses was born, and he was beautiful in God’s sight. He was cared for in his father’s home three months,
By faith, after Moses was born, he was hidden by his parents for three months, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they didn’t fear the king’s edict” (Acts 7:20; Hebrews 11:23 HCSB).
In some way, God made it obvious to the couple that their child was special and must be protected. So for three months, Moses was hidden, in direct contradiction to the law. But it was only a matter of time until the he was found. All we can assume is conditions were such that Moses’ parents believed they were no longer able to protect Him.
Jocabed made a small papyrus basket/ark, waterproofed with tar and pitch. The child was placed in it, and it was cast on the waters of the Nile. We don’t know what was going through the mind of his mother, but we do know that Moses was originally saved due to her faith. She was willing to give up the babe, trusting in God’s protection. OH, she did have Miriam hide nearby, so at least she would know his fate.
Parenthetically, it is interesting that only women were involved with the rescue of Moses – his mother, sister, and “foster” mother. I wonder where his dad was in all this. Oh well!
The child which was given to Amram and Jocabed is returned to the providence of God. One thing many parents seem to forget, or do not even recognize, is that their children are gifts from the Lord who are simply put into their care.
“Sons are indeed a heritage from the LORD, children, a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons born in one’s youth. Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them. Such men will never be put to shame when they speak with their enemies at the city gate” (Psalms 127:3–5 HCSB).
And I think it’s appropriate to note many parents throw away this gift before birth, and others by not taking their responsibility seriously. This family saved the life of their child, at risk of their own, and were willing to put his safety into the hands of God.
Principle: How can these truths impact the lives of Christian parents? When the trials of parenting come and the behavior of one’s child is in question we sometimes question why children anyway. Nevertheless there is great comfort found in God’s reminder that children are a blessing. More importantly the final responsibility for them is in God’s hands. So parents do not have the final responsibility for a child’s well being, physical or spiritual.