Jochebed and a Mother’s Love

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.

Exodus 2:3


There are many stories in the Bible about the love of a mother.  One of those stories is about Jochebed, the mother of Moses.  Not only did she have a love for Moses, but she had a love for, and a trust in, God.

For years, the Pharaohs of Egypt remembered what Joseph had done to save not only their nation, but his own.  This Pharaoh didn’t know much about Joseph, and was concerned about the Israelites rebelling against Egypt.  So he ordered every male child born to the Hebrews to be killed.

Jochebed gave birth to a boy she named Moses.  She knew he was a “goodly” child, and hid him for three months.  Can you imagine hiding a baby for three months in the close quarters that the Hebrews were certainly living in?

She knew she had to do something to save her son.  So she wove a basket and covered it with tar so that the basket wouldn’t sink, and her baby wouldn’t drown.  Then, she set Moses afloat in the Nile.  She trusted God to take care of her son.

Pharaoh’s daughter found the child. Miriam, Moses’ sister, went to Pharaoh’s daughter and said she knew of someone who could nurse the child – his own mother!  Not only did Jochebed’s trust in God carry Moses to safety, her trust also made it possible for her to raise him during those early years.  She could spend time with her son and tell him the stories of the fathers of their faith.

A mother’s love is special.  She weaves a “basket of love” to cradle her children; to protect them from the things of this world that would attack them.  A mother coats the “basket” with the Spirit of God to keep her children from drowning in the river of deceit and lies of the enemy.  She tells those stories of family and life, Moses and Noah, and David and Jesus so her children will know of what came before them.  She trusts God to take care of the rest.

On this Mother’s Day, we give thanks for all of the things our Moms have done for us, tried to do for us and we wouldn’t listen, and for the “Jochebed” in each of them. Thank you for believing in us, and for trusting in God! 

Happy Mother’s Day – with Love

~Charles A. Kalkomey