And a man of the house of Levi went and took as wife a daughter of Levi. 2 So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months (Exodus 2:1-2 NKJV).
As Mother’s Day is approaching, I want to dedicate this week’s devotion to all our mothers for the wonderful work they do for society; and the pains they endure for the sake of their children.
The Bible says that, Moses was born at a time that, Pharaoh, the King of Egypt had decreed that all male born children to Hebrew mothers must be killed. He wanted these children killed because, he was jealous of how the Jews were multiplying by birth in the land of Egypt. It was at this time that, Moses was born.
His mother defied the King’s decree; and hid her son for three months. She later prepared a special basket and put the child in it. She then took him and hid him by the banks of the river Nile; while his sister watched over him from afar. It was just at that time that the daughter of Pharaoh went to bathe in the river Nile and her attendants found Moses crying in the basket. She had his sister called a Hebrew nurse, who happened to be the mother of Moses to take care of him for a pay (Exodus 2:5-9).
The steps Moses’ mother took to save her son, in my view, underscores the courage of mothers in three ways.
First, she planned to save her child from being killed as demanded by Pharaoh’s decree; and so, hid him for three months. The mother knew that, anything could happen to her and her child; but she risked her life for the sake of her son.
Secondly, because, of her courage, after three months, she took action to ensure Moses’ safety. She prepared a basket and coated it with tar and pitch; put her son in it and hid him by the banks of river Nile. Along the banks of this river, there might be some wild animals, reptiles and insects which could harm this boy; but, she trusted God to take care of her son.
Thirdly, the courage of this mother translated into determination. Moses’ mother was so determined that, she cared less what would be the outcome of her plan and action. She was willing to do anything to preserve the life of her beautiful son. She was determined because, she put her faith in God. As a Levite mother, she knew the God she believes. She knew that, the God of Abraham is a good, caring and loving God; whose faithfulness never fails. This God always shows up when his people are in need of him. She knew that, God will never put her to shame. Her faith and courage paid off; when Pharaoh’s daughter asked her to take care of Moses for pay.
Mothers, during this Mother’s Day celebration, my prayer for you is that, you’ll stand strong for yourself and your child/children. Muster courage just like the mother of Moses. Remember the words of the prophet Jeremiah when he said; Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).
I wish all the mothers A HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
As always, let’s continue to hold each other’s hand and pray for ourselves as the coming of Jesus draws closer. Please, do send this study to your contacts as well.
Dr. Charles Mantey
Disiciples Revival Church
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