It’s often said that behind every great man there is an even greater woman. Let’s have a look at three of the women that played an important role in the life of Moses.
From eternity God had already chosen the man who would bring his people, Israel, out of slavery in Egypt. God chose three women to each play a very important role in forming this man. The three instrumental women in the first years of his life: Jochebed, Miriam and the Egyptian princess.
Jochebed. The king’s edict was that all the boys born to Israelite families had to be thrown into the river; but this mother couldn’t do it. Like any mother, she saw that her son was a fine child. What mother doesn’t see beauty in her child? She had to obey the king’s order; but she did it very creatively. She got a papyrus basket, coted it with tar and pitch, and there she put her precious three months old baby. I imagine she did it with a prayer to God for the protection of her beautiful baby boy.
Miriam. We don’t know how old this girl was–maybe she was six or seven. When her mother put the baby in the river, Miriam stood at a distance to see what would happen. When the princess came out to the river and found the basket with the child, Miriam ran to her and offered to go find a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby. She ran to find her mother!
The Egyptian princess. This is the third woman who played a great role in the life of Moses. She was the one who gave him the name Moses. When this woman saw the child in the basket, she felt compassion for him. Right there, she decided to take care of him. When Miriam brought her mother and introduced her, the princess offered to pay Jochebed to raise the child. When the boy grew older he went to live in the palace as the son of the king’s daughter.
These are the three women behind the great man Moses. Had it not been for them, Israel’s history would be very different. We can add another woman to the number, Zipporah, Moses’ wife. But now the focus is on the beginning of his life and on the three women mentioned.
Miriam was not only instrumental in the first months of Moses’ life. God chose her, together with her brothers Moses and Aaron, to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt.
For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. Micah 6:4
Miriam was a prophetess. When the people had crossed the Red Sea, she led the women in a song of praise. With tambourines and dancing they celebrated at the seashore, glorifying the name of the Lord.
Read about it in Exodus 15, the basis for today’s story.
Three instrumental women
- With tar and pitch and lots of love Jochebed prepared the basket that saved her son, the future great leader of Israel.
- With courage and boldness, little Miriam touched the princess’s heart to find someone to nurse the baby.
- With his beautiful little face, bathed in tears, little Moses opened the heart of the princess, who decided to adopt him.
Today we focus on Miriam, an instrument chosen by God who from childhood was useful. There came a day when she, together with her brother, rebelled against Moses (Numbers 12), and God punished her with leprosy. But that’s a story for another day.
Greetings to all the mothers and teachers who honor me using my stories. I wish for you, like Miriam, to lead the people (your children and students) in praising the Lord. Let’s all, men and women, big and small, sing praises to honor our God!
Thank you to the 2.000.000 men and women who wear the uniform. Blessings to the families of the million who have sacrificed their lives.
Welcome to read today’s story. The Great Escape #8: A Seashore Celebration