Can You Describe Jochebed’s Faith?
“So Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, ‘Every son who is born you shall cast into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive’” (Exo. 1:22).
“And a man of the house of Levi went and took as wife a daughter of Levi. So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank. And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him” (Exo. 2:1-4).
Consider Jochebed’s Faith:
- Despite Pharaoh’s decree, this mother was UNSWAYED by his threats; she worked her faith (Heb. 11:23).
- Despite Pharaoh’s decree, this mother kept her son in the SHADE of her private care; she worked her faith (Exo. 2:2).
- Despite Pharaoh’s decree, this mother MADE an ark to protect her son; she worked her faith (v. 3a).
- Despite Pharaoh’s decree, this mother LAID her son in an ark along the bank of the river; she worked her faith (v. 3b).
- Despite Pharaoh’s decree, this mother made sure her daughter STAYED and kept eyes on her little brother; Jochebed worked her faith (v. 4).
- Despite Pharaoh’s decree, this mother soon became the NURSEMAID to her boy—she worked her faith (vv. 7-9).
- Lastly, despite Pharaoh’s decree, this mother CONVEYED the will of Jehovah to her boy—she worked her faith (Heb. 11:24ff).
“Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (Jas. 2:17).
“But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead” (Jas. 2:20).
“You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only” (Jas. 2:24).
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (Jas. 2:26).