Jochebed Who Risked Creatively

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Welcome to week 9 of Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave the series! Each week for 10 weeks on Whimsical Wednesday, we are studying the most beautiful and brave women in the Bible. At the end of this post, you will find the prior articles in the series. Join us for another study adventure of women in the Bible!

This week our featured guest is “Jochebed Who Risked Creatively.”

As an Israelite woman, it was a terrible season to be pregnant. Blessed by God, the children of Israel had multiplied greatly in Egypt, even under the bondage of Pharaoh. Pharaoh realized the risk involved with the Israelite’s rapid population growth. His resolution to the problem? Have the midwives kill the baby boys born to all Israelite women. Faithful to God, the midwives did not follow through on Pharaoh’s command. As the story unfolds, Pharaoh then declares for all baby boys under age 2 to be cast into the river.

I can’t imagine the sorrow associated with such a command. But we do know that one woman’s story didn’t end in the river.

Jochebed carefully concealed her baby boy for three months.

And when she could no longer keep him quiet, she creatively took a risk. She threw him in the river- but just not according to Pharaoh’s instructions. Crafting a small boat unlike anything Etsy can boast, Jochebed gingerly placed her precious baby boy in it. The Bible doesn’t tell us this, but I believe she purposely chose a place in the bulrushes close to the bathing spot of Pharaoh’s daughter. Maybe not. Maybe God led the steps of Pharaoh’s daughter exactly to the “random” place where baby Moses (recognize that name?) cried from his baby bed boat.

Either way, Jochebed left a guard over little Moses, his older sister, Miriam. And when Miriam saw the interest of the Pharaoh’s daughter, she graciously offered to find a nurse for the baby. Just so happens that the nurse was her mama. And the baby’s mama.

And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. Exodus 2:9

I wonder what it was like to get paid for caring for your own baby.

Do you think Jochebed just soaked up every minute with her sweet boy since she knew that ultimately, she would one day take him to the princess of Egypt, possibly never to see him again?

It’s easy to see the bravery of the mother of God’s chosen leader of the Israelites. But her beauty? I believe her beauty was her ability to think outside the box. God used her creative ingenuity to not only think of the plan to save her baby boy, but also, her very own hands to fashion a baby boat that would survive the water of the Nile.

God specifically chose Jochebed as the mother of Moses.

When God gives an assignment, he always provides the tools to follow the plan.

Or another way to say it?

Where God guides, he provides.

Check out this profile of Jochebed, beautiful and brave.

  • Name: Jochebed
  • Occupation: full-time caregiver and mama
  • Family background: Wife to Amram, Mom to Miriam, Aaron and Moses
  • Daily life: we can only guess
  • Emotional baggage: unknown
  • Weaknesses: unknown
  • Beauty secrets: used the skills and talents God provided to follow through on his plan
  • Acts of bravery: boldly hid her baby boy in the bulrushes in order to save his life and ultimately, the entire nation of Israel

For Jochebed, the hand that rocked the boat is the one that ruled the world.

 

Each week during this series, I have been highlighting one of the posts linked up in the previous week. I couldn’t help but choose Gina’s post on the power of blessing other women. Yesterday I received an email from a dear friend who wrote just to say she is praying for me. I can’t tell you how special that was to me!! I know personally that Gina’s post is true. Check it out!

Bloggers, I’m thrilled to have your 100% Christian encouragement  linkups this Whimsical Wednesday. If you have chosen to participate in the Women in the Bible series and link up your post, then I plan to choose and highlight one of your posts here on the blog next week.

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See you tomorrow!

Rachel

Original Post: Women in the Bible: 5 of the most beautiful and brave

Introductory Post: Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave series

Week 1: Sarah Who Remembered God’s Promise

Week 2: Deborah Who Declared God’s Truth

Week 3: Hannah Who Poured Out Her Soul

Week 4: Ruth Who Dedicated Herself

Week 5: Mary Who Anointed the Lord

Week 6: Esther Who Stepped Up

Week 7: Miriam Who Sang Victoriously

Week 8: Rahab Who Believed Courageously



Near to the Brokenhearted

My inbox contains several emails from readers right now; I’ve not replied to them yet. To be honest, the heartaches of the world weight heavy on my heart at times. And I am broken.

Oh, I’m a broken girl anyways…repaired by God’s love through his grace and mercy.

But this brokenness? It’s different. It’s not for  me or the things I’ve suffered. It’s not because of my personal circumstances or issues.

No, it’s being broken for the broken.

My heart breaks for you.

You, the one whose husband has decided he is no longer happy.

You, the one who dreams that Satan is trying to pull him away from the faith.

You, the one who is asking for prayer because you need a new job in order to provide for yourself and your family.

You, the one who is frustrated because you feel like you just can’t understand the Bible.

You, the one who is asking for prayer because of your college financial situation.

You, the one who struggles with guilt and shame and seeks understanding of how forgiveness really works.

I sit down to write to you individually and a pithy paragraph in an email doesn’t seem enough. Mere words on a screen? How can they help the desperate tone of your words to me?

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When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears….

God hears you. He leans towards you with listening ear and delights in your words to him.

and delivers them out of all their troubles.

Your delivery is coming. You may not be able to catch a glimpse of it now, but all his promises are true and he keeps every.single.one. You will be delivered; you can count on it.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted

He is near to you, O broken one. He longs to be close to you and fill your heart with the knowledge of his presence. He loves you so very much.

and saves the crushed in spirit.

You say to me “I have nothing left.” I have been there. And the beauty is that God does the most perfect work when he begins with just that- nothing.

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From dark, he spoke light into existence.

From dust, he created men.

From fragile shells of human souls, he reshapes spiritual fragments into exquisite masterpieces.

This is what he wants to do for you.

I’ll reply to you soon. But the best thing you can do?

Draw near to the one who is near to you.

Rachel

Living in God’s Heavenly Truth & Dayspring Giveaway Valued at $100

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Years ago when our family was young and small, my husband and I were strolling through Sea World when we entered a tunnel. Now imagine plush greenery and beautiful flowers, clear skies and bright sunlight. The weather was so gorgeous that my head was practically in the clouds, only there were no clouds. That’s just how wonderful this day was.

Until right after we entered a tunnel. We had turned a corner and suddenly, all ears of our party heard a “clunk.” This lovely clunk was my knee against a bench, which I somehow totally missed seeing! The sudden change from bright sunlight to the somewhat dark tunnel caused me not to see what was right in front of me.

Have you ever been there? That situation on which you glance back and think “How did I miss that?”

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He is my light.

And when I miss the truth as it stands in front of me? Often it is because I’ve failed to soak up the light of God’s Word. I’ve missed time with my God who sheds light on every dark subject, no matter its shape or size.

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Maybe this week you’ve turned a corner, entered a dark place or even bumped directly into something far worse than a bench. Perhaps you’ve encountered a sudden change from light to darkness and it has caused you to miss something that is now obvious.

Now is a great time to get back on track; his light is always available.

There is no darkness so great that he cannot dispel it. His light shines brightly, never dimming; it is we who close our eyes tightly. We close them and fumble blindly because it seems the light is too bright for us. In truth, we just need to open our eyes and adjust.

What is light? Living in God’s heavenly truth.

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When the light surrounds us, it’s becomes impossible not to see truth. We not only see the truth; we live in truth.

When we saturate ourselves in the light of God’s Word,  visual reminders encourage us to remember the true light of the world.

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The light brings clarity and peace.  Because he is our peace.

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I’m thrilled to share a little extra light with you today! The beautiful candle set above is from my friends at Dayspring. The table runner is reversible with the opposite side solid burlap for less festive days. The wood candleholders are gorgeous reminders of our need for both the Light of the world and the light of his word. Someone is going to win this lovely set of all three candleholders AND the table runner!! (Candles not included; but I do love the timer candles!)

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Have a deLIGHTful weekend!
Rachel

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