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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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May 28, 2014 - Jochabed, the Mother of Moses

By Mrs. F. Helen Jarvis

Among the millions of mothers who have lived, here and there are those who are conspicuous in the annals of history. One of these is Jochabed, the mother of Moses. As we read the record in the second chapter of Exodus and the comment of Hebrews 11:23, it is evident that her activities and influence had their part in molding the life of her famous son and making him such a mighty man of God.

Jochabed lived in a dark time. The Israelites were in bondage under the crushing heel of Pharaoh. Relief seemed impossible and circumstances inescapable, but Jochabed found a way out. This woman, who was born a slave in Egypt, so feared God that she was able to defeat the cruel plans of Pharaoh, and finally emerge as one whose portrait appears in the "hall of faith."

No doubt Jochabed, just like many today, was often tempted to be discouraged, and at least three times her faith was severely tested. The first was when, early one morning, she took down to the river bank a basket made of reeds and carefully waterproofed and within it left a sleeping child to the mercies of God.

Again, a few years later, she must take a lovely boy across the dusty fields of Goshen, through the city gates and along streets and avenues until they reach the palace of the king. There she must leave her son — leave him in heathen surroundings, in all kinds of temptations that infest royal courts, and in the midst of danger from plots and intrigues.

Finally, many years later, after believing and trusting God had raised her boy for a divine purpose, the now-aged woman saw all her hopes in seeming ruins as Moses, a fugitive, flees eastward to pass years in hiding from an angry Pharaoh.

But at last, in God's time, the mother's faith triumphed, and whether she lived to see the answer to her prayers or not, the glorious arm of Jehovah was revealed. The name Jochabed means "Jehovah is glorious." Mothers of today, take it as a motto. The God who cared for Moses in answer to his mother's prayer can also take oversight of your child.

— "Jochabed, the Mother of Moses" originally appeared in the May 17, 1947, Pentecostal Evangel.




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