A Mother’s Care

Exodus 2:1-11


A Mother Protects (Exodus 2:1-2)


Why was this mother trying to protect her son? Pharaoh had declared in Exodus 1:16 “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” The Hebrews were growing in numbers greatly and Pharaoh saw them as an extreme threat. Joseph was the protector of the Hebrew people, but when he died the new king of Egypt didn’t respect the Hebrews, yet viewed them as possibly uprising against the Egyptians because of their numbers.

We do not know the name of Moses and Aaron’s mother until we get to Exodus chapter 6. Her name is Jochebeb. There is no better protection for your child than that of the protection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Your mother has prayed for your protection.


A Mother Prolongs (Exodus 2:3-6)


Jochebeb had to make a decision to prolong her child’s life, knowing that the Lord she trusted would establish his path, his future, she let him go. Let’s think of the Nile, it’s a dangerous river infested with crocodiles. God is sovereign watching over this baby.  As believers we have to establish the value of and hold the line of truth that life is important. We’ve seen recently a “firestorm” as a result of the leaking of a draft to undo Roe vs. Wade. I pray it happens. I believe life begins in the womb according to Psalm 139:13 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.”

We see a very similar giving away of their child to the Lord’s service in 1 Samuel 1:27-28. Hannah gives Samuel to the Lord’s service.  “For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord. And he worshiped the Lord there.” Hannah gave Samuel to Eli for the ministry of God after she was not able to have children.  

There is an interesting fact about the basket that was used to carry Moses. The Hebrew word for basket used in this text is the same Hebrew word used in Gen 6-9 used for the ark. If we think of the ark as an illustration of God’s salvation for His remnant, the same can be said of Moses, planned for God’s purpose, for God’s people. It is rooted in atonement, salvation. The Lord used this mother’s perseverance for His purpose, His eternal glory! Luke 2:19 “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.”  Jesus would be given to overcome death!

The best way to prolong our child’s being is to present them to the Lord’s will and work. If you have a Christian mother, she has been praying for your salvation. If you haven’t been to church in a while, she is praying for your salvation, simply because a love for Christ’s Bride is a love for Christ! No excuses, if Christ loves the bride, you better as well also! The Church is the bride!

A Mother Proclaims (Exodus 2:7-11)


We really do not see the impact of Moses mother’s proclamation concerning their faith in God until later on in his life. We see in verse 11 that he knew he was a Hebrew, a child of the one true God. If we fast forward to the New Testament we see the proclaimation of the faith by Timothy’s mother and grandmother in 2 Timothy 1:5 “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”

Mothers have a unique ability and responsibility to teach the faith of Jesus Christ to their children. Parents, that’s your purpose, teach them Christ! There are a lot of similarities between Moses and Jesus.

  • Both born to rescue God’s People.
  • Both fled the killing of babies.
  • Both fled Egypt.
  • Both had spent a time of 40 in the wilderness. For Moses 40 years, for Jesus 40 days.


Deutormonize your children in a Corinthized World! Deuteronomy 6:7 “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”