“And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.” (Exodus 2:4)
The Hebrew phrase translated “stood afar off” is literally “took her stand” as if to say she positioned herself to watch over her brother as would a soldier who had been given a command to hold a line of defense. Miriam is just one of several women who, not only factored heavily into Moses’ life, but who helped to thwart Pharaoh’s plans to destroy the Hebrew male children.
The two midwives were first to resist Pharaoh’s command to kill them as they were being born. Jochebed went to great lengths to preserve the life of Israel’s deliverer; Miriam watched over him. Pharaoh’s daughter preserved his life by adopting him as her own. Were it not for the courage and compassion of these women, who knows what would have become of Israel? Their actions, no doubt prompted by God, made His plans for deliverance a reality. And so, it is to the merit of pious women that God’s people were redeemed. Centuries later, other pious women played an important part in Messiah’s ministry which, in turn, offered redemption for us all.
So to all of those praying, God-fearing and faithful daughters of Zion, all of God’s people say, “Thank you.” Thank you for fulfilling your purpose in Him that we all may be blessed. To all of you loving mothers dedicated to teaching your children the ways of righteousness, “Thank you.” To all of you wives committed to “take your stand” by the side of your husband, “Thank you.” Through the commitment of women like Jochebed, Miriam and you, God’s purpose for His people is sustained and brought to fruition to His glory. Continue to faithfully walk in your purpose that future generations might rise up and call you blessed.
Blessings and Shalom,