Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. (Exodus 2:9)
It is fascinating to see just how God worked out this situation for Moses. He supernaturally arranged for the king’s own daughter to be his protector and, simultaneously, arranged for his own mother to be his provider. Furthermore, it is safe to assume that, being under his natural mother’s care, he was taught of the one true God even though he lived in a house that served many gods. In other words, he was given strong foundational truths to help him combat the abundance of idolatry he was exposed to.
Being placed in the house of Pharaoh, he would have received the best education Egypt had to offer, albeit, within the context of a pantheistic culture. The point is, that God arranged for Jochebed to be the one to nurse and shelter him in those early, formative years is very important. She planted seeds in his young mind and heart that would produce good fruit years later. It would be this same Moses who would pen these words:
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
Many years later, Solomon would encourage God’s people to “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). They may not respond to what we teach them initially, at least not in the way that we would desire, but we have a promise that if we teach them righteousness, it will never leave them. That is why we must be diligent in our efforts to instill knowledge of the one true God in them when they are young and impressionable.
As they grow and encounter the world, they will most certainly be bombarded with falsehoods and the philosophies of a fallen world. And they may decide to experience what the world has to offer but that word that you are placing in them now will not depart from them — even if they try to depart from it. Jochebed trusted God to watch over her son and not allow him to capitulate to the gods of Egypt. Let us trust Him to do the same for our loved ones.
Blessings and Shalom,