Amram and Jochebed’s Faith

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command” (Hebrews 11:23).

To the Pharaoh they were just a nameless couple within a vast population of slaves. To God they were the godly, faith-filled father and mother of Moses and his siblings. Their faith is noteworthy because:

It was daring. They defied the king (Pharaoh) because they feared his superior—Jehovah. Even though their circumstances—with Pharaoh’s edict to kill all the male babies born to the Israelites—seemed hopeless, they dared to trust in God and His power.

It was courageous. Virtue is moral courage. It is doing the right thing in the face of wickedness. Infanticide (the shedding of innocent blood which God hates—Proverbs 6:16-17) is always evil, even when it is mandated or legalized by the civil government. Having the faith and virtue to do the right thing fearlessly is a noteworthy characteristic of these godly parents.

It was expectant. Amram and Jochebed did what they could do and trusted God and His providence to work out the outcome. Their expectant belief in God was not disappointed.

Because of Amram and Jochebed’s faith, Jehovah provided a deliverer for Moses (Exodus 2:3-10) who ultimately became the deliverer of Israel (Hebrews 11:29).

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