An exemplary couple with great faith, courage Exodus. 2.1-3
Most of us will not be familiar of these names...AMRAM and JOCHEBED.
They were Moses's father and mother.(Exodus.6.20)
They were ordinary people but they were mightily used of God to accomplish His purpose.
Theirs was a preserving faith which gave them great courage and enabled them to do what they would not do normally.
When Moses was born they saw that he was not ordinary child and they hid him for three months even though they knew very well of Pharaoh's order that all the male babies of the Hebrews should be killed.
While the Bible does not say specifically it could be that AMRAM and JOCHEBED were given a revelation from God that Moses had a special destiny among the Israelites.
✅It was not because of the external beauty that Moses parents hid him but it was because of their faith in God.
✅Both of them believed in God firmly and both of them acted in faith.
✅Both of them displayed great courage and boldness which enabled them to overcome the fear of Pharaoh even if it meant the certain death of their own son and themselves.
How good it will be if we all as parents are like AMRAM and JOCHEBED!
If the prayers of both the parents are united and if both the parents with one mind seek the salvation of their little ones we may rest assured that our children will not go astray..
Fulfillment of God's Blessing
Challenges - When The Nation of Israel Was Born
God's unchanging promise and blessing - " Be fruitful and fill the earth " recorded in the book of Genesis: Adam (1:28), Noah (9:1), Abraham (12:2,6), Isaac (26:4) and Jacob (26:14;35:11) was fulfilled after the death of Joseph and his brothers " The Israelites were fruitful and multiplied greatly and became exceedingly numerous.." ✒ Exodus 1:6-7. A small group of 70 people began to multiply, and when the Israelites left Egypt their numbers were over 6,00, 000 men, besides women and children ✒ Exodus 12:37; 38:26 BEAR FRUITFUL
Fruitfulness Begets Envy and Oppression :
✔ A new king reign who sees the Israelites as aliens not as benefactors and considered them as a potential threat to Egyptian national security (v 8-10).
✔ So he had devised an oppressive strategy by appointing slave masters to oppress the Israelites with physical labour (v 11-14)
✔ He instructed the Hebrew midwives to murder every Hebrew boy child and allow only girls to live (v 15-16)
God's Instruments in Delivering His People :
✅The midwives Shiphrah and Puah got the king's order " to kill all Hebrew boy child " but they disobeyed the king because Shiphrah and Puah feared the King of kings- the God of Abraham, the God of Israel and the God of Jacob (v 17-18).
✅When the king summoned Shiphrah and Puah and asked them, " Why have you let the boys live?", they responded, "Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women.." (v 18-19). It was the most daring answer given to the Egyptian King. What a testimony! What a reality!!.
✅A Wake up call for us to be different from the people of this world in the place where we are based at BE LIGHT & SALT
✅ God protected the midwives and rewarded them (v 21-22). Thus, Shiphrah and Puah were a part of the Salvation History.
Beloved, Jesus said, " we are in the world but not of the world". Let us reconsider our ways and live a life worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Glory to God
Mark Boje, ArP
Exodus 1 and 2 of
We read of 5 different people who dared to stand against the King's edict in order to do what was right in God's sight and what was right in accordance with their conscience, inspite of the fact that their actions contradicted the king's verdict!
The first 2 were the Hebrew midwives Shiphrah and Puah, Exodus 1:15, who were told by the King of Egypt to murder the Hebrew boys while they were being born! Their consciences did not permit them to do this, and so, they lied to the king by telling him that the Hebrew woman being vigorous gave birth before the midwives got to them, vs 19! Although, lying is a sin, they did so, before the law of Moses was given, and so, God did not judge them for lying but commended them for refusing to murder because their consciences forbade them to doing so. The outcome being that God blessed them and gave them families of their own, vs 20,21. The Pharoah, ofcourse, refused to stop at this and passed and ordered that the boys be thrown into the river and killed, vs 22.
Then we see the 3rd person who refuses to obey this edict, viz Moses' mother, Jochebed. She hides her baby for 3 months and when she could hide him no longer, she puts him in a specially prepared basket and lets it float by the edge of the river Nile, Exodus 2:2,3. The outcome of this was that since she did what she could, God did for her what she could not and lets her baby live and fall into the hands of the daughter of Pharaoh, who happens to be the 4th person who defies the king's edict, because even after guessing that it must have been one of the Hebrew children, she boldly decided to let the baby live and brings him up as her own son, while even paying wages to his very own mother to look after the baby until he was weaned, vs 9. This gave Moses' mother an opportunity to teach him who he really was, which led him to be the 5th person who indirectly defied the king's verdict when he saw a Hebrew being ill-treated by an Egyptian, whom he subsequently murdered, vs 11,12! Of course, this is a sin in today's day, but Moses did so before the law was given and according to his conscience, he didn't think it to be wrong, as he murdered not to take vengeance on someone who was oppressing him, but rather on someone who was oppressing his people/God's people.
He did this at the cost of risking his own life and position, and subsequently, had to flee to the land of Midian, (and was there for forty long years), on hearing that the Pharaoh wanted to kill him! In all these cases, the 5 people disobeyed the king, either directly or indirectly for someone else's good at the cost of risking their own lives! In the long run, each one of them was blessed by God and was used either directly or indirectly as instruments to further a great plan of God which was to lead his people out of slavery into the promised land! This shows us how important it is for us to take similar stands, (ofcourse, without murdering or lying, since we are under a new and better covenant), because, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem at that time, God needs someone to be that go-between in order to fulfill His highest purposes for that generation!
The question is, if I am chosen, would I be willing to give what I cannot keep to gain what I cannot lose? Would I rather suffer affliction with the people of God, than choose to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin for a season; and would I choose to esteem the reproach of Christ as greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, Hebrews 11: 25,26? In the day and age that we are living in, these are serious question that we need to answer, so that, when our time comes, we too will refuse to sit on the fence, but determinedly imitate the faith of these heroes of old, and thus, fulfill God's highest purpose for our lives in this generation!