simply, a moment … with Jochebed

I am joining some ladies in “Chasing History” by OneGirl writing about women Biblical characters and relating their stories on how best they can inspire and encourage  us today.  Please stay and read on …


Jochebed was the mother of Moses.

I have read that she was the granddaughter of Jacob born from his son Levi, and was interestingly christened which meant “The Lord is Glorious”.  Jochebed married Amram and had three children namely Aaron, Miriam and Moses.

She was not someone who had a key role in the Old Testament but her faith impressed a fine print of trust in my heart.

In Exodus 2:1-4, it says:

Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. (NIV)

Jochebed hid Moses for three months, and being in that state of paranoia for her son’s sake not knowing until when she can keep him securely safe brought so much stress in her heart.  Until finally she knew that it was time to let him go.

I can imagine the pain and unyielding spirit Jochebed had as she put tar and pitch on the basket in preparing for baby Moses’ “escape”.  The pressure of uncertainty troubled her heart with grief beyond what I can fathom … it must be agonizing.

The scenario must be heart-wrenching, her footsteps heavy as she approached the Nile and her eyes blurry as her tears streamed down her eyes grieving separation.  Thus, as she laid down the basket to yield to God and let her son go, as a mother myself, I feel the pain of her loss.  Yet, I envy how she trusted the Lord with all her heart.


Jochebed just let go and she let God.

In our life, it is always very hard to let go and trust in God’s sovereignty. Often we take the reins of our life and control it until we realize that it will not yield good results in the end. However, we should not let the wake up call come when all is too late for us to hear it.

Jochebed held the reins for three months, but yielded to the truth that her obedience was key to trust in what God has in store and most likely, better plans leading to her victory in HIM.

Like Jochebed, we just have to let go, and LET GOD!


16 thoughts on “simply, a moment … with Jochebed

    1. Hi … comments are never late in coming, they always, always make my heart smile … thank you. i hope that i can link up weekly and also, i am grateful for the welcome …

      Moses’ parents were even mentioned for their faith in Hebrews, amazing faith indeed — APRIL

    1. “Every single stage of parenting comes bottled up with its own concoction of fears and reasons to worry.” This is very true what you said about being parents … but i praise God that everyday, HE gives us the miracle of grace. thank you for reading my post on Jochebed, will be listening to the message you linked as well.

      nice meeting you, Kate … and blessings to you as well — April (Bob’s wife)

  1. I’m sure it’s not easy for Jochebed as well to give her son to Pharoah’s daughter for adoption. But I’m sure Moses learned more sitting in her mother’s knees, than all the teaching he received at the King’s palace.

    1. Hi Doc, it truly was not easy for Jochebed, but she trusted God that everything will be well with her son, she did not even know that he would be raised by Pharoah’s daughter. Yet, Moses was destined by God to lead HIS people out of bondage, a mighty feat which he himself felt he was not capable of doing. But like his mom, his faith inspired Moses to just go and let GOD!

      sorry po for being preachy, medyo naantig lang po ang damdamin kapag mga illustrations of faith ang pinag-uusapan. God has been so real in our lives today, especially in my family … that is why, in this little way, I am praying that I am giving HIM back the glory.

      Have a great week po … more blessings for you and your family, Doc 🙂

  2. Nice lesson for today. Most of the times we try to control our lives as to how we want it to be, how we want things to happen and it always turns out to be a frustration when things don’t happen the way we want it.

    Learning to let go is tough, but we need faith. A mountain-full of faith.

    Thanks for sharing! Have a blessed day! 🙂

    1. hi … yes indeed … a mountain-full of faith; by God’s grace, we can claim it and HE gives it to us with all HIS love. have a sweet afternoon and evening with your loved ones 🙂

  3. I just had to read this when I saw the notification on my phone, I’m not scheduled to go online yet till later. I popped over to OneGirl’s blog as well. I think this is an excellent link-up. It might even be a good way for my daughter and me to study some female Bible characters. I’ve been thinking of the direction our Bible studies will take this year in our homeschool. This link-up just gave me a couple of ideas. Thanks for sharing your character, story and this link-up! Much blessings, Mary

    1. Hi Mary, you just made my day … these things are never accidents, they are always made for reasons in order to honor HIM. That will be an interesting topic for your daughter and yourself to take up … and very meaningful as well. May you find more glorious moments on your homeschooling days! Missing my boys … it seems like it was ages ago when we were homeschooling as well. much more blessings to you, dear sister 😉

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