Mother and son looking at pyramidsIntroduction: A man from the family of Levi married a Levite woman. The woman became pregnant and had a son. She saw there was something special about him and hid him. She hid him for three months. When she couldn’t hide him any longer she got a little basket-boat made of papyrus, waterproofed it with tar and pitch, and placed the child in it. Then she set it afloat in the reeds at the edge of the Nile.

Imagine a time when having a male child was a curse, a sign of punishment from the gods and a reason to commit suicide (Unlike now, when it is a source of pride. In many parts of Africa, a woman is validated by the number of males she bore). In those days, there was no Ultrasound scan, hence no way of telling if the child was a boy or a girl and if ‘he’ was born instead of ‘she’, murder is unavoidable. Watch your child die, or hear him die; whatever you choose.

This was the time in which Jochebed got pregnant. I have reasons to think she spent her pregnancy period praying and making up her mind. Every time she thought of the child, something stirred within her. She chose meditation over anxiety. She pondered on Yahweh’s promises over the possibility of birthing a child for death to have.

Jochebed made up her mind that tyranny would not destroy her child’s future. She stood against the oppression and sorcery of her day to give her child a chance at life. If there was no decision, would there be a Moses? Would the Exodus have been postponed? Do you know?

We would later find out that the Pharaoh was not only an evil genius but also a suicidal man. If Jochebed could stand against him, how much more can we rise against injustice in our day? We are the ones that will stem the tide of perversion in our generation and mind you, the people that will change the world are those who have not been influenced by it.

The only way to make up your mind is to make up your mind. So do it before the day comes that you will be tempted to conform or accept the evil report; and when that day comes, remember Jochebed.

Story from: Exodus 2:1-3

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Written by: Tolulope Kumuyi


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