The life of Moses impacted the fate of the nation of Israel. The influence of his mother Jochebed was significant on him.
I don’t like to read between the lines or add more than the Bible actually says, very little is said about Jochebed and her care for Moses. But we can look at this story and consider the impact of the mother on Moses.
We know that she loved him and protected him from the Pharaoh. She hid him in a basket until he was found by the Pharaoh’s daughter. Then, the Pharaoh’s daughter asks her (his mother) to nurse him and care for him (she even paid her). When Moses was ready, Jochebed took him to the Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son.
The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses,* and said, “Because I drew him out of the water.”Exodus 2:10
We know that the early years of a child’s life a very formative. Values children are taught as young children impact them their entire lives.
Jochebed knew that she only had a short time with Moses. We don’t know how long, the Bible doesn’t say. But we can know that Moses would not have become the great leader of the Hebrews if his mother had not taught him the Hebrew faith. Jochebed must have faithfully taught Moses until she took him to the Pharaoh’s daughter.
Once Moses was living in the palace of the Pharaoh, he was likely taught by the best teachers in Egypt and given one of the best education by man’s standards but no teaching about God and the Hebrew faith. But, the faith of his mother, Jochebed, impacted him greatly.
As he grew older, he would sympathize with the Hebrews and God would eventually speak to him from a burning bush, he would lead the Hebrews out of Egypt, he would part the Red Sea and he would bring the people to the Promised land.
Jochebed could not have known who her son would be become, but she taught him faithfully for the short time she had. She reminds us to daily teach our children God’s Word and God’s ways. Don’t give up on teaching your children the truth of scripture.
We read the 5 books of the Bible written by Moses and we know a man of great faith who has impacted the world not just during his time but for thousands of years.