So sorry to have been invisible these past days or is it weeks, there is illness in our family, I have been under so much stress that my memory and literacy thoughts and actions have been a tad off. I have not had the confidence of Joahebed in much of God’s plans of late.
Jochebed, who was she? family tree.
According to the Torah, Jochebed was a daughter of Levi and mother of Aaron, Miriam and Moses. She was the wife of Amram, as well as his aunt. No details are given concerning her life. According to Jewish legend, Moses’s Mother is buried in the Tomb of the Matriarchs, in Tiberias. In those days it was permitted for someone to marry their aunt or uncle since blood lines were considered purer.
Jewish legend has it that Moses’ Mother is buried in the Tomb of the Matriarchs, in Tiberias. she is praised for her faith in the God of Moses.
The Tomb of the Matriarchs, in Tiberias, Israel, is considered to be the traditional burial place of several Bibical women:
- Bilhah, handmaid of Rachel.
- Zilpah, handmaid of Leah.
- Jochebed, mother of Moses.
- Zipporah, wife of Moses.
- Elisheba, wife of Aaron.
- Abigail, one of King David’s wives.
she is mentioned several times in Scripture though not always by name, Exodus 2:1 identifies her as a Levite, as is her husband, in this verse the stress is on Moses’ birth rather than his parentage, Though it does tell us that he might be known as a true son of Levi, third son of Jacob, both his parents being of that lineage…..just an expression coined via one of the Gnostic Gospels to indicate the status of one whose parents were related. In this case Aunt and Nephew both of the tribe of Levi.
Exodus 6 tells us her name 20 Amram married his father’s sister Jochebed, who bore him Aaron and Moses. Amram lived 137 years.
According to Josephus Flavius Jochebed was spared the pain of child-bearing due to both her and Amram’s piety. The Haggadah extends this miraculous nature to Moses’ conception by marking as 120 the age of Jochebed at conception. Several rabbinic commentaries attest to this and comment that maidenhood was restored to Jochebed at the time of her marriage to Amram. The restoration of maidenhood also included the resumption of her fertility.
Dale Allison (1 February 2013). The New Moses: A Matthean Typology. Wipf and Stock Publishers. pp. 147–. ISBN 978-1-62032-876-7.
So Jochebed joins the list of all other Jewish mothers made special by birthing a prophet, it seems that anyone of any consequence had pure, or immaculate conceptions, virgin births and the like. They were epesially chosen by God for these purposes.Jochabed’s confidence is, then, no surprise considering she was chosen of God.
Moses and Aaron
It was Aaron who was the elder brother and who became the first Highpriest, consecrated by his younger brother Moses- for a Phrophet is greater than the Priest. The voice of God than the conjurer of God. And the mother of both the greatest of all.
Jochebed’s intention is to save her son from death by Pharoah’s hand, knowing not that her son for whom she had confidence in God, would become the saviour of the Hebrews.
I admit that this is not one of my best, for Jochebed, is not the one we immediately think of when reading of Moses. I came acrpss her in one of the images in thr Bible colourng App. with which, though I spend too much time is teaching me interesting things.