1And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.
2And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
Jochebed is the mother of Moses, the deliverer of the Israelites. We’ve heard the story of Moses. We’ve sat for hours during the Easter season watching the Ten Commandments, as Charlton Heston portrays the character of Moses. I propose that the story could not have emerged, had not Jochebed recognized the giftedness and purpose of Moses’ life. She saw something worth saving in the eyes of her child. She saw goodliness. She saw purpose. It has been said that she who rocks the cradle controls the world. As it was in the beginning, so it is today.
Women continue to nurture, train, and condition children from early childhood for their greatness. In our modern times in America, it is rare that mothers are faced with the issue of saving their children from overt dangers. Rather, mothers struggle against covert systems that foster poor education, child molestation, sexual difference, infant mortality, and a host of other morays that destroy children.
We are bombarded day and night with stories of mothers who kill and maim their children. It leaves us in horror. The search for little Caylee Anthony finally ended, and an indictment for murder was issued for her mother. The killing of young Julian King, nephew of Academy Award recipient, Jennifer Hudson, tears the hearts of millions. His mother, Julia wrote, “Now because I chose to do what was natural to me and love someone, it cost me my family... my only son, Julian, my innocent baby.”
Jochebed is a good mother. She reminds us that we must be valiant in saving, protecting and directing the lives of our children. Moses was conceived when the system in control was fearful of allowing the growth of intelligent and strong sons. The influence of mothers in developing their children is paramount to creating and maintaining a strong world. In this story, I saw that there was a direct attack against sons. This caused me to consider the plight of minority sons, especially African American sons.
The first lesson in watching Jochebed is that she obeyed the law of the land. The Egyptian Pharaoh commanded that the Israelite sons were to be cast into the river (Exodus 1:22). So, she placed her son in the river. By obeying the law of the land, she was in a position to watch God perform miracles despite the enemy’s attempt to destroy. African American and other minority families in America are often faced with placing their children in inadequate situations and conditions. Inadequate housing, inadequate schooling, inadequate medical provisions, and inadequate equality and justice all appear to be the plight of minorities and the poor. Jochebed teaches us that, though we obey the law, we can seek correction through the system. It was the Pharaoh’s daughter who was involved in Moses’ salvation. We must participate in the system.
Jochebed then teaches us that we should always have a concerned watchman close by our children. We must return to community support in guiding our children’s welfare. Miriam was Moses’ sister. She represents that family and community involvement are necessary tools to protecting the lives of our children.
Education remains a premier key to the growth of exceptional children. Notice that Jochebed gave Moses the best education that money could buy. But, she didn’t just stop with the education that money could buy. Pharaoh (the system) could only do so much. She involved herself in Moses education. Saving our children must be about more than what money can buy. Yes, finance plays a great part in modern education. But, while we are fighting for smaller classrooms, we must remember that generations were taught in one room schoolhouses. Children succeeded and became doctors, lawyers, educators, and scientists, even in the back woods. The expectation of excellence was instilled in the children.
Salvation of our sons requires instilling them with a thirst for knowledge. While our sons are floating on the waters of ignorance, and the ninth grade is when they often choose to discontinue their education, we must find a way to create a thirst for education. When our sons are expected to fall victims to low self-esteem, low expectations, and low vision, they are delivered to systems of punishment. They are doomed to serve Pharaoh in his prisons. Jochebed tells us that, as mothers, we must make Pharaoh accountable to us. The plight of our children, and especially our sons in this X generation, demands that we adhere to Jochebed’s training:
(1) From birth, prepare to teach the child his (goodliness) purpose.
(2) Watch for a way of escape to protect your child(ren).
(3) Seek to ensure a responsible community for children.
(4) Involve ourselves in the education of our children.
(5) Seek to make the systems accountable to children.
(6) Know the potential of the system to help or to destroy, and fight for children’s rights.
THOUGHTS FOR DISCUSSION:
Arrange for sons to speak with Men of Integrity and Power
Adopt a school through your church or organization
Discover how many boys in grades 1 – 4 are failing in your neighborhood
and create a program of excellence to assist them.
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