Summary: In some circumstances, raising children can become a conflict-ridden roller coaster ride. Although we don’t know much about them, Moses’ parents did something right! (Based on a book by Bob Russell)
Amram & Jochebed: Bringing up Godly Children
(Fifth in the series Marriage by the Book)
Introduction: Which of these two statements are true? “Children are a great blessing to marriage.” “Children put a great deal of pressure on marriage.” Of course, both are true. Kids enhance the family experience and provide laughter and depth.
A Sunday School teacher was discussing the 10 commandments with her 5 & 6 year olds. After explaining the commandment to “honor your father and mother,” she asked, “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?” W/o missing a beat, one of the kids answered, “Thou shalt not kill.”
When a father came home and found his son sitting on the porch with his head in his hands & a forlorn look on his face, he asked what was wrong. The boy sat silently for a moment, then confessed, “Just between you and me, Dad, I can’t get along with your wife, either.”
But in some circumstances, raising children can become a conflict-ridden roller coaster ride.
The number one problem in a second marriage has to do with children. New spouses may feel they are pitted against their stepchildren’s real father or mother. Or there might be concerns about the stepparents exceeding their responsibility or authority.
Proposition: If a family is going to be what God wants it to be, both parents need to agree on a philosophy of child rearing. Amram and Jochebed are primarily noted for raising Godly children.
Who were these people? We know them because we know their children: Moses, Miriam, and Aaron. Although their story is well known, their names are only briefly mentioned in Moses’ family record, found in Exodus 6:20.
Moses was raised against incredible spiritual odds, yet is considered one of the godliest leaders in the Bible.
Miriam protected Moses as an infant and was involved in the celebration after crossing the Red Sea.
Aaron became the first High Priest of Israel.
When one couple raises 3 spiritual giants, they must be doing something right. While the Exodus account emphasizes Jochebed’s actions, Hebrews 11:23 tells us both parents were involved. They agreed in their approach to childrearing.
1. Be perceptive about potential, Exodus 2:1-2
Understand their personalities
A. When it comes to temperament, children are not created equally! Moses was different!
B. Help them build upon their interests. Many children will not reach their potential because parents squelched their ideas when they were little.
ILLUSTRATION: As a child, my interest in drawing encouraged my parents to purchase art supplies for me. After painting a couple of times, my interest waned. However, both my Mom and Dad found their artistic talents revived, and both gained great pleasure from painting.
Let’s recognize and nurture our children’s gifts. By doing so, we can be doubly blessed.
2. Be creative in combating evil, Exodus 2:3-7
A. Godly people must counter the evil pressures of the world.
Against Pharaoh’s edict, Moses’ parents hid him for 3 months. That’s tough to do! (When our new grandaughter wants someting,she lets everybody know!)