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I Will Be True
by Hannah Robinson
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I Will Be True

The teaching of our parents is so very important. Let’s take a moment and look at one of the mothers in the Bible whose teaching, although only for a limited time, affected a whole nation’s history!!!

Jochebed, her name to some rings a bell but to others means nothing. She is the woman who endured great difficulty as a slave in Egypt. In spite of her situation all three of her children became famous in the history of the nation of Israel.

The oldest was Miriam who became the sweet singer of Israel and wrote a wonderful song after the crossing of the Red Sea.
The middle child, Aaron, eventually helped as a speaker to Pharaoh and became the first high priest of Israel.
Then the youngest, but definitely not the least, was the great leader of the children of Israel. The man who got to see God and talk to Him as a man does to his Friend. He actually got to spend 40 days on the mountain with God and also many times interceded for the lives of the nation of Israel.

You may ask what is the importance of this woman???
Well let’s take a minute and look into her life.
Jochebed meaning or signifying “Glory of Jehovah” or “Jehovah is her glory.” This is the first person in the Bible whose name compounded with “Jah” or Jehovah.
Her name speaks a lot for itself……but let us look a little further into the life of this woman and her great wisdom!

She is a Hebrew woman in the Egyptian land, her and her people are in bondage to the Egyptians and basically whatever the Pharaoh says goes.
The Pharaoh has decided that the Hebrew race is growing too large, so he comes up with a plan to narrow them down. He commands that all the male babies be thrown into the Nile River. He also commands the mid-wives to make sure that this happens. The mid-wives do not wish for this to take place so they don’t do it and tell Pharaoh that the baby is already there before they arrive. Pharaoh then orders his soldiers to take care of it.

Jochebed knew she was with child and I am quite sure she was praying for a girl, but when her time came it was a little baby boy. I can’t even imagine the thoughts running through her head and the fear in her heart.
She took one look at her baby boy “and saw that he was a goodly child,” meaning he was not only just a cute little thing but it implies that he was fair to God, and that he had something outer-worldly, angelic about his appearance.

Somehow Jochebed hid her precious child for three months. She somehow was able to conceal his cries and any evidence of a child in her home. It must have been a hard three months for the family always living in fear of being discovered.
After the three months were up, with a heavy heart, in great despair, and in a last ditch effort, she made a basket/boat out of bulrushes. She took her little basket to the river and laid her son in it, she had her eldest, Miriam, watch over the basket to see what would become of him. This had to be the hardest decision of Jochebed’s life, not knowing what would happen to her child and actually giving him up.

As the little basket floated along, big sister kept a close watch over it. She hoped and prayed that no animal would eat its contents. As it floated on, it eventually got stuck among the rushes.
Miriam saw someone approaching; it was the Princess coming to the river with her maids to bathe. Miriam hoped that little Moses would be still in his little boat but at that moment as all baby do, he made a noise!!
The Princess heard it and whether it startled her or interested her she sent her maid to go investigate. The maid then found the little basket and brought it to her mistress.
When the Princess opened it and saw little Moses her heart went out to him and she decided to take him as her own. She definitely could tell that this was a Hebrew child and probably knew that some poor mother had done this to safe his life.

As all women do, she had decided what she was going to do without realizing all that would go into taking care of a child. She began to think, who would nurse the baby and she definitely could not.
It was then that Miriam came out of her hiding spot and told the Princess that she knew of a lady that would nurse the child for her. Of course the woman Miriam had in mind was her mother.
The Princess then told the girl to go and get this woman and bring her there and that she would be paid for this service.

Can you imagine the joy this brought to Jochebed when she not only got the opportunity to care for her own son without fear of Pharaoh and to actually be paid for this?
Jochebed was able to raise her child until he was weaned. The Bible does not tell us how long this was, but she was able for sometime to keep him!!!

He then was brought to the palace and raised by the Princess. He grew into a young man and was taught all the stuff that all Egyptian young men are taught. I wonder if he had any memory of his early life, of his mother, father, and siblings.

I am sure that you all know that he grew up and ended up fleeing from Egypt for killing a man. He was then in the wilderness for 40 years before God turned him back to Egypt to rescue His chosen people.

The part I want to focus on is why did Moses choose to defend the Hebrews? Why did he,
“Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.” Heb. 11:25,26

Who taught him about the Lord? I can guarantee you it wasn’t the Princess or anyone else in Pharaoh’s house. It was the son of the Pharaoh that stated, “Who is the Lord.”

So we must conclude that Moses could have only been taught these things by his mother. You may think he was only with his mother for a few short months.
My father once stated in a Bible study,
“The early years of Moses’ mother’s teachings were so deeply imbedded in him that after the decades of the pagan teaching he still decided to choose to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season!”

No matter how short her time was with her son, her ways, her actions, her mannerisms her teachings were so deep in his heart and life that after years of hearing false teachings he still decided to choose God; to choose right.

Through this short study we can see the importance of a godly mother’s teachings in the early lives of a child-----how crucial. If his mother had not been faithful in teaching him it would be hard to know if he would have ever grown up to be the man who God chose to lead His people out of bondage.

As Moses’ mother taught him, we have been taught by our mothers and fathers to stand by the Lord. Yes, we live in a sin cursed world, but what did Moses live in? Egypt has always been a picture of the world in the Bible. Moses was raised in the heathen palace by heathens who didn’t believe in God; still he stayed true to his heritage. And if you do not have parents that live for the Lord; what of your pastor, youth pastor, church members? They have invested much into your life…..will you be true to them?

I hope that if you have not already decided that you are going to be true to what you have been taught that something in this article will cause you to realize the importance of this!

I will be true for there are those who love me
I will be pure for there are those who care
I will be strong for there is much to suffer
I will be true for there are those who care
I will be true for there are those who care

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