Jehovah Is Her Glory
“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.” – Hebrews 11:23
There is a cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee called “Memorial Gardens.” It is just a about mile north of the Wolfchase area of Memphis. When you pull in, it seems as if there are grave markers as far as the eye can see. Interestingly, it is the cemetery where the late great pastor and preacher, Dr. Adrian Rogers was buried. Each year, people will stop by to read the grave marker of this great man of God. But for me, his grave marker is not the one that interests me the most. About one hundred and fifty yards southwest of his grave marker is the burial site of someone that was not as well known as Dr. Rogers. It’s the grave of my very own mother.
The verse above carries great significance for me; for when my mother died, my brother and I had “Hebrews 11:23” etched upon her grave marker. I would like to take time out and share with you why we chose this unique verse. Jochebed was the mother of Moses and Aaron. Her name means “Jehovah is her glory.” And just like her name, she did not want any glory for herself, but rather desired for God to get the glory in all things. And just like my mother, Jochebed was never in the spotlight. Exodus 2:2-3 gives us a further glimpse into the faith demonstrated by this great woman of God. It says that she “conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile.” There are four wonderful truths about the great faith of Jochebed that would be good for us to ponder upon.
To begin with, she loved her child as God loved her Child. She saw that he was a beautiful child. It is the same description found in Acts 7:20 where Steven is giving his speech to the Sanhedrin, and describes what God thought of Moses. Acts 7:20 says, “At this time Moses was born; and he was beautiful in God’s sight.” Not only does this word beautiful mean lovely in form, it also speaks of the very heart of God and how God loved Moses. And it’s the same Greek word used to describe Jochebed’s love for Moses. She saw her son as God saw her son; lovely and beautiful. Secondly, she protected her child. Jochebed hid him for three months. The root word in the Greek means to cover or protect. A decree had been passed that all male Israelite babies born were to be slaughtered. But even with this edict passed, she protected the child she loved so much from the evil and malicious King of Egypt. Thirdly, at the proper time, she let go of her child. Eventually there came a time when this faithful mother could no longer guarantee protection for her baby boy. Imagine how hard it must have been for Jochebed to take her son and lay him in a basket that was floating down the river. As she made this bold move, she stepped out in faith, trusting God the entire way. Finally, she did all that she could with all that she had for her child. The bible tells us that Jochebed made a sort of homemade contraption. She worked with her hands and made a basket that was waterproof. Why did Jochebed take advantage of the resources around her and make this unique water traveling vessel? She did so out of love for her son. But she did all that she could do with simply the resources that were at her disposal.
These are just some of the things that I shared about my mom when I preached her funeral in the summer of 2007. Praise God for godly women like Jochebed, and my mom.
I am certainly no “Moses”…Eric Martin