5 The Lord said, “I made that agreement with Levi. I promised to give him life and peace—and I gave him those things. Levi respected me and showed honor to my name. 6 He taught the true teachings and didn’t teach lies. Levi was honest, and he loved peace. He followed me and saved many people from being punished for the evil things they did.
Malachi 2: 5-6 ERV
The name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed, the daughter of Levi, who was born to Levi in Egypt; and to Amram she bore Aaron, Moses, and Miriam their sister.
Numbers 26:59 AMP
By faith Moses, after his birth, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful and divinely favored child; and they were not afraid of the king’s (Pharaoh’s) decree.
Hebrews 11:23 AMP
And now, Lord, do I hear you right? You want me to weave a basket and set him afloat on the very river that the Pharoah has ordered as his executioning tool?
Oh, God! To cast my baby upon the waters! How can you ask such a thing? Is my faith big enough, strong enough to do such a crazy thing?
3 She hid him for as long as she could. After three months she made a basket and covered it with tar so that it would float. Then she put the baby in the basket and put the basket in the river in the tall grass. 4 The baby’s sister stayed and watched to see what would happen to the baby.
Exodus 2:3-4 ERV
5 Just then, Pharaoh’s daughter went to the river to bathe. She saw the basket in the tall grass. Her servants were walking beside the river, so she told one of them to go get the basket.
7 The baby’s sister was still hiding. She stood and asked the king’s daughter, “Do you want me to go find a Hebrew woman who can nurse the baby and help you care for it?”
8 The king’s daughter said, “Yes, please.”
So the girl went and brought the baby’s own mother.
Exodus 2: 5, 7-8 ERV
9 Pharaoh’s daughter told her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me. I’ll pay you.” The woman took the child and nursed him.
10 After the child was weaned, she presented him to Pharaoh’s daughter who adopted him as her son. She named him Moses (Pulled-Out), saying, “I pulled him out of the water.”
Exodus 2:9-10 MSG
And yet...and yet, my spirit is at peace. Only you, Dear Lord, only you.
Learning about Jochebed, I thought about some of the times we are called to "sacrifice" our children, fully surrender them to the Lord's will. Such as watching your child leave to serve and perhaps die for our country. Or, letting go of the frightened fingers, terrified eyes of a child entering chemotherapy.
Letting go of our children for a cause, whether for themselves or others, is hard, isn't it Dear Reader? But what about letting go, surrendering, a prodigal child? Is there anything harder?
Dear Reader, whether it's your child, your nephew, or neighbor, or student, there are three (probably more) comforting lessons we can learn from Jochebed:
- The Lord knows and understands your heart;
- He wants only the best for your child;
- God honors our obedience.
Can we become, like Jochebed, so much more than a pretty face by swaddling our babes with obedience and trust, and placing them in the river?
Dear Reader, what are some of the ways you have sacrificed a child in your life? And how has the Lord honored your surrender and faith?