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Saturday, November 25, 2006

A Forgotten Mother

When female Bible heroes are rattled off the usual names flying off the tongue include Mary, Esther, Naomi, Ruth, Deborah and Rahab. One conspicuous person missing would be the mother of Moses. Her brief mention in the Bible comes in the second chapter of Exodus.

Moses was born about the time Pharaoh commanded all newborn Hebrew males to be tossed into the Nile River. He didn't have swimming lessons in mind. Drowning yes. When Moses was born his Mom hid him for three months then placed him among the reeds on the bank of the Nile, in a tar and pitch-covered papyrus basket. Moses was ostensibly abandoned at this point. The options to a loving couple at the time were that grim. As the narrative goes, he's found by Pharaoh's daughter and eventually nursed by his own mother thanks to his sister Miriam's intervention. While nursing him I suspect Moses' mother had no real expectation of keeping her son but devoted herself to the task anyways just to keep him alive. Any reunion in the future would remain a hope to which she could cling.

There's not a record of such a reunion. We've not been made privy to the relationship Moses' mother had with God. What we do know is Moses' mother sacrificed for her son with little hope of raising him, and ample expectation that her sacrifice would greatly benefit the family of her most prominent adversary.

It's almost Christmas when much attention is devoted to the trials and tribulations of Mary, mother of Jesus. The season will come and go and no one will talk about the woman whose name history has forgotten--Moses' mom. Mary rightfully deserves attention during the advent season. But if Moses was a type of Christ, certainly Moses' mom isn't too dissimilar from a reminder of Mary.

The love of mothers usually runs deep. Moses' mother and Mary remind us of that.

(Exodus 6:2 mentions Jochebed as being the one who bore Moses. Time constraints however suggests that they were likely generations removed from one another).


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