Summary: A look at two Mothers and their role in the life of Moses. The natural mother and the adopted mother, both demonstrate love for the child.
A Tale of Two Mothers
JCC Mother’s Day 14.03.10 am
Moses wrote this account about his own birth
He shares with us who and what his family was like
But he never discloses his parents names until later in Ex 6:20
Now Amram took for himself Jochebed, his father's sister, as wife; and she bore him Aaron and Moses
No mention of Miriam here
His parents were Levites; the family of priests
People set apart for the service of the Lord
He starts here in Ex 2 with the story of his own birth
He doesn’t mention here to begin with the other siblings
He tells us how his mother loved him
Most women bond with their babies
There are those who find motherhood very different to what they expected
It’s not easy for some women to bond
They struggle with the whole idea of loving this tiny human being
So not everyone has a loving mother
Some give their babies away for various reasons
Also not every woman can have a child
There are many women who have felt a desperate need to have a child and have gone to great lengths to have one
Be it adopted or IVF
My friend paid over £24,000 to have a baby
It took almost 20 years and a donor egg for her to have this one child, but she felt it was worth every penny
That’s the desperation some women go through
We often hear it said that some natural mothers don’t deserve to have the child
Especially when those who would make excellent mums don’t have any
But here we see Moses mother who loved him
She loved him enough to commit this child into the care of the Lord
She could have been caught at any moment hiding this child
She put herself in danger
She somehow kept him quiet
Any women with children knows it can be difficult to keep a child quiet
In those days, there wasn’t a TV to drown out the cries
No soundproof wall insulation
No dummy to put in his mouth
Yet, she hid him for 3 months
But there came a time when she couldn’t hide him any longer
How her heart would be grieved and broken as she wrapped him up and laid him in the basket
She had to leave her son, by faith, in God’s hands
This is a valuable lesson for us who are parents
We cannot cling onto our children
They are only lent to us
Yet what a responsibility!
There is a time to release them back into the hand of God and trust that He will deliver them back to you
Did she want to give up this baby?
Of cause not
But she had to trust the One who has all things in His control to do the right thing
‘Lord I have come to the end of myself with this child, I hand him to you’
Can you trust the Lord to do the right thing with your child?
Have you come to the end of your own resources and capabilities as a parent?
Hand your child over to God
If not, then He is not Lord of your life and you cannot trust Him
We see how, even though she released him into the Nile which wouldn’t be a place I would put a baby, she kept watch over him at all times
How? By having his sister watch the ark
A big sister
Most big sisters are like mothers too
Mine reared her brothers with me
She looked out for all her brothers when they were little and she still does now!
It’s almost an inbred instinct to many females
And the story continues
The ark came to where Pharaoh’s daughter was washing
Did Jochebed and Miriam discuss this woman who had no children of her own?
Did they appeal to the motherly instinct of this woman?
Perhaps she talked about wanting a child of her own
What we do know is that God placed this woman, an enemy of the Israelites, in a position where she would save this child and in doing so, save His people
She played a major role in the plan of God’s salvation without realising it
How many of us mother’s know what part of God’s plan we are embarking on when we rear our children?
We could mother the next great preacher, pastor or missionary
Now Moses is introducing us to his second mother
Moses was honouring this woman as his adopted mother
She would never be his biological mother, but she was nevertheless a mum to him
She couldn’t feed or wean him herself, but she provided for him
Moses’ own mother became his maid, and she got paid for the pleasure too