But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV
Jochebed was a slave – a slave under Pharaoh. This Pharaoh noticed that the Hebrews – Jochebed’s people – were becoming too numerous. So he ordered that all Hebrew baby boys be thrown into the Nile.
But Jochebed had a mother’s heart that refused to harm her son. So for months she hid her boy from the Egyptian guards and then when she could hide him no longer she made him a basket.
I wonder what was going on in her mind as she wove the basket and covered it in pitch so it wouldn’t leak. Did she pray he would somehow be rescued? Maybe he would float down the Nile out of Egypt and someone would take pity on him.
But this momma who did what momma’s do, did what she thought was best for her son. She placed him in a basket and put him in the river.
Then her daughter Miriam did what big sisters do. She watched to see what would happen to her baby brother. His basket hidden in the reeds along the Nile. I wonder what Miriam thought as the daughter of the Pharaoh who ordered these baby boys to be destroyed found her little brother.
Then this audacious big sister who was likely only five or six walked right up to the princess and asked if she could find a Hebrew to nurse this baby. A big sister doing what big sisters do.
This baby was Moses, the man who led God’s people out of slavery, who parted the Red Sea. And without a momma doing what mom’s do and a big sister doing what sisters do, Moses would not have grown into a man.
If God can use a mom being a mom and a sister being a sister to so that He can bring His people out of slavery, what can He do in our lives?
Father God, we pray that as we bring to Your our feeble offerings, You will use them for Your glory and honor. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.