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Celebrating Women of the Bible: Jochebed

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Guys, I didn’t know this important lady’s name until I began doing research for this post! Did you know that Jochebed was Moses’s mom? I did not. Every time I’ve taught about her I’ve called her “Moses’s Mom”. Sorry, Jochebed!

Many times, the behavior of children makes sense once you meet their parents. The child is impatient and rude? I can almost guarantee you that one (or both) of the parents are that way too. If the child is kind, most of the time they’ve learned that behavior from their parents. Kids such are sponges who soak up the patterns and behaviors of those around them. And they bloom in the areas where life is spoken over them.

Jochebed’s children were her claim to fame: she bore and raised Aaron, Moses, and Miriam, so you know she was one impressive lady!

Moses was a faithful and passionate man.
Aaron was honorable and served the Lord, his brother, and his people.
Miriam was a worshiper and a natural leader.

“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.” Hebrews 11:23 (ESV)

Jochebed’s faith in God and knowledge of the character and destiny of her children led her to put her own life in danger. Obviously, she was going to risk her life for her children, but she had the ability to see things in them long before they were able to identify those things in their own lives. Then, as any good mother does, she was able to call those things out in them.

What do you see in the people around you?
What do you call out of those in your community?

If you see something incredible in someone else, even if it is buried deep within them, I encourage you to call it out today. If a person’s smile brings you joy, tell them. If someone’s story inspires you, share that with them. If the faith of a friend challenges you to draw closer to God, let them know today. Don’t wait to encourage that person.

We are rarely able to see the gold in ourselves, that’s why we need others to speak into our lives. And, if you don’t have someone like that in your immediate circle, be that person to those around you and I think you’ll be surprised at how things begin to change.

 

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