Speaking of Life

Mother's Day

On this special episode of Speaking of LIFE, Dr. Tkach remembers Jochebed, the Mother of Moses, and examines why her life of faith sets her apart as a model for us all.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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Mother’s Day is a time when we celebrate our moms for all the hard work they’ve done. We know being a mom isn’t easy. It takes a lot of grace, courage and most of all, faith. This Mother’s Day, I want to look back at a woman whose great act of faith God used to bless her and us.

After living as slaves in Egypt for over 400 years, the Hebrew population had grown so much that Pharaoh feared an uprising. So he ordered all newborn Hebrew males to be drowned in the Nile.

It was against this turbulent backdrop that Jochebed became pregnant with Moses, the child who would one day lead Israel to the Promised Land. But she didn’t know that yet. All Jochebed knew was that she had to protect her baby at all costs. Fearlessly, she gave birth and over the next few months, by faith, hid Moses from Pharaoh’s bloodthirsty soldiers.

By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict” (Hebrews 11:23).

I like how the writer of Hebrews links Jochebed’s faith with her fearlessness. We see it in action again as she placed Moses into the same river where Pharaoh’s soldiers had drowned an entire generation of Hebrew children.

But this time, things would be different.

By her faith, Jochebed released Moses into the river. He drifted to Pharaoh’s daughter. And through a series of providential events, God returned Moses to his mother. Because of her faith, she is remembered in the Hebrews’ Hall of Fame.

This Mother’s Day, remember to thank your mom for her faith and tell her she’s in your Hall of Fame! 

I’m Joseph Tkach, Speaking of LIFE.

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