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Sunday, June 3 2018

The Faith Of Jochebed, The Mother Of Moses

"By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child"

"Jochebed" is the English-language rendering of the Hebrew name, pronounced yaw-cah-veed, which means the LORD glorified (see also The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God). Jochebed was the mother of Moses, Aaron and Miriam.

While there are other major Biblical references to her in the time of the Exodus (see also Biblical Eras: The Exodus In History and Prophecy), Jochebed is only mentioned by name twice in the Holy Scriptures.

"6:20 And Amram took him Jochebed his father's sister to wife; and she bare him Aaron and Moses: and the years of the life of Amram were an hundred and thirty and seven years." (Exodus 6:20 KJV)

"26:57 And these are they that were numbered of the Levites after their families: of Gershon, the family of the Gershonites: of Kohath, the family of the Kohathites: of Merari, the family of the Merarites. 26:58 These are the families of the Levites: the family of the Libnites, the family of the Hebronites, the family of the Mahlites, the family of the Mushites, the family of the Korathites. And Kohath begat Amram. 26:59 And the name of Amram's wife was Jochebed, the daughter of Levi, whom her mother bare to Levi in Egypt: and she bare unto Amram Aaron and Moses, and Miriam their sister." (Numbers 26:57-59 KJV)

There is of course much more written about Jochebed, including her famous act of faith that saved the life of Moses.


"2:1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.

2:2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.

2:3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.

2:4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him." (Exodus 2:1-4 KJV)

By no coincidence, the daughter of Pharaoh found the ark that saved Moses from the waters.

"2:5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.

2:6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children." (Exodus 2:5-6 KJV)

Miriam was the firstborn of the Jochebed, several years older than her brother Aaron who was then about three years old (the reason that the order about infants did not apply to him). She was old enough, and quick-thinking enough, upon seeing her baby brother being found by the princess, to run up and ask "Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?" Miriam was a very bright girl.

"2:7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?" (Exodus 2:7 KJV)

So it was that Moses was returned to Jochebed, his actual mother, until he was weaned. While the Pharaoh's daughter gave him the name Moses (the Scriptures don't record the name that his actual parents gave to him) which means to draw out ("I drew him out of the water"), it's a name that could apply to him as much, or more, to his actual mother.

"2:8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother.

2:9 And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages.

And the woman took the child, and nursed it.

2:10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son.

And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water." (Exodus 2:8-10 KJV)

The irony, the justice, came for the Pharaoh who ordered the drowning of the Israelite infants when one of them who survived, Moses, led the Israelites across the sea that drowned the Pharaoh's army - perhaps including some of the troops who participated in the genocide of Israelite infants years before (see also Was The Exodus Pharaoh A Firstborn?).

"11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.

11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 11:28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

11:29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned." (Hebrews 11:23-29 KJV)

There is no record of where Jochebed died and is buried, however it is almost certain that it was in the Sinai, along with her children Aaron and Miriam, sometime during the forty years that the Israelites remained there (see the Fact Finder question below).

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This Day In History

This Day In History, June 3

350: Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, proclaimed himself Emperor of Rome (see also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus and The Messiah And The Caesars) as it was by-then rapidly deflating and weakening. The original Roman Empire was superseded by, as it was officially and politically known, the "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

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1083: Henry IV of Germany attacked Rome and captured St. Peter's Cathedral (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1098: During the First Crusade, the Crusaders took Antioch after a five-month siege (see also Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).


1140: The French scholar Peter Abelard was convicted of heresy.

1326: The Treaty of Novgorod defined the borders between Russia and Norway in Finnmark (an area of northeastern Norway).

1539: Hernando De Soto claimed what later became known as "Florida" for Spain.


1608: Samuel de Champlain completed his third voyage to "New France" (much of North America east of the Mississippi River).


1621: The Dutch West India Company was granted a charter for New Netherland (the general area that later became known as New England).

1665: James Stuart, Duke of York (later King James II of England) defeated the Dutch fleet off the coast of Lowestoft.

1769: Captain James Cook, a year into his circumnavigation of the world, observed the transit of the planet "Venus" (the idol name that humans have given to the planet) over the sun (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).

James Cook

1778: The first issue of The Montreal Gazette was published.

1818: The last of the Maratha Wars between the British and the Maratha Confederacy in India ended, securing British supremacy in India.

1866: The Fenians (a cult of Irish rebels) were driven out of Fort Erie, Ontario, into the U.S.

1841: Nicolas Appert died at age 91, The French chef and distiller, known as "the father of canning," invented the method of preserving food by enclosing it in hermetically sealed containers.

1885: The last military battle fought in Canadian territory: Cree against the North West Mounted Police (later to become the Royal Canadian Mounted Police).

1934: Dr. Frederick Banting of Toronto, co-discoverer of insulin, was knighted by King George V.

1937: The Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated as King Edward VIII of England, married Wallis Simpson in France. He gave up the crown to marry her, the first voluntary abdication in 1,000 years. His brother became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II.

1940: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the German Luftwaffe (air force) bombed Paris.

1969: Off the coast of South Vietnam, the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne collided with the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Frank E. Evans; the destroyer was severed in half.

1979: An oil blowout at the Ixtoc I oil well in the Gulf of Mexico caused a 3 million barrel oil spill into the water. It was the second-worst accidental oil spill.

1989: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, revolutionary leader of Iran, died at age 89.

1989: China's crackdown on pro-democracy dissidents protesting in Tiananmen Square began.

1991: Mount Unzen erupted in Japan; 43 people were killed 43 people, all either scientists or journalists.




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