Women of Bible Genealogies: Jochebed

Jochebed, who was the mother of Moses, is another woman mentioned in Bible genealogies.

The Exodus Genealogy Mention
These are the names of the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. Levi lived 137 years.
The sons of Gershon were Libne and Shimi.
The sons of Kohath were Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel. Kohath lived 133 years.
The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi.
Amram took Jochebed, his father's sister to be his wife and she bore him Aaron and Moses. Amram lived 137 years. (Exodus 6:16-20)

The Numbers Genealogy Mention
Kohath begot Amram and the name of Amram's wife was Jochebed the daughter of Levi who was born in Egypt. To Amram she bore Aaron and Moses and their sister Miriam. (Numbers 26:58-59)

Jochebed's Story

Pharaoh commanded his people to throw every Israelite baby boy into the river and let every baby girl live. (Exodus 1:22)

It is in this background that Jochebed and her husband Amram were blessed with a baby boy. 

When she saw that he was a beautiful child, Jochebed hid Moses for 3 months. (Exodus 2:1) Imagine the challenge of hiding a new born baby for 3 months. 

When she could not hide him anymore, she made an ark of reeds for him, coated it with asphalt and pitch to make it waterproof and put him inside it. She then hid the baby ark in the reeds along the river bank. (Exodus 2:3)

Lessons from Jochebed
Never Give Up
Jochebed wanted to save her child from certain death and that is why she hid him for 3 months presumably in their home.  

When that avenue of saving him could not contain him any longer, she created another one which was the ark of reeds.

Therefore if you want to solve a problem and the problem becomes too big for your first solution, do not give up. Look for another solution that can contain the growing problem.

The Solution Might Be in the Problem
The problem that Jochebed faced was having to throw her baby in the river because he was an Israelite boy.

The solution to her problem was throwing him in the river albeit intelligently because she threw him when he was inside a floating, waterproof container. 

Therefore when you face a problem, always look for a solution within the problem in addition to looking for other solutions outside the problem.

Faith Without Works is Dead
Faith has 2 parts:
1. The spiritual part which is believing God
2. The physical part which is doing something to show that you believe God because Faith without works is dead. (James 2:26)

Therefore if you want God to help you solve a problem, you have to do:
1. The spiritual part and believe that God will help you solve the problem
2. The physical part and do something that shows what you believe

So if you have a problem like Jochebed's, believe that God will help you solve it and then do something physical that shows what you believe by using the resources at your disposal. 

In her case, it was making the floating and waterproof cradle. In your case, it might involve thinking outside the box and creating a customized solution to contain your problem. 

I use the word contain because the floating cradle did not solve the entire problem of raising up a boy when it was forbidden to have a son. However, it brings us to my next point which is:

Solve the Problem Step by Step
It is hard to imagine a teenage boy lying in a reed boat the whole day while doing nothing. Therefore this solution that Jochebed thought of was for the immediate problem of saving her baby boy and not saving her teenage son.

Therefore if you have a longterm problem that does not have an obvious longterm solution, think of solving the problem for that  day only. 

Do not stress yourself further by wondering how you will solve the problem 3 months  or 3 years or 3 decades from today. Simply do what you can to solve the problem for that day and trust God that when the problem evolves, He will show you how to deal with.

I believe this is part of the reasons that Jesus taught us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread" (Matthew 6:11) even though He knew we need to eat every day.

Therefore do not worry about how you will solve the problem tomorrow, For tomorrow shall take thought for its own things. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Mark 6:34)  

God will Meet You at Your Point of Need
God net Jochebed at her point of need and He did not disappoint her because Pharaoh's daughter saw the floating ark and sent her maid to get it. When she opened it, she saw Moses, he wept and she had compassion on him. (Exodus 2:5-6)

This was a sign of God's favor because she could have tipped the ark and drowned Moses. Instead, she adopted him and when a young Hebrew girl appeared and asked her if she could go to get a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby for her, she consented without questioning. (Exodus 2:7-8) 

The young Hebrew girl, who happened to be Moses' sister Miriam, went and called their mother. Pharaoh's daughter commanded Jochebed saying, "Nurse this child for me and I will pay you." (Exodus 2:9)

This was a double blessing for Jochebed because she was now being paid to raise the child she had wanted to raise all along. It can even be considered a triple blessing because at that time the Israelites were slaves in Egypt and therefore presumably not to be paid. However, she was a slave and she was being paid to keep a child she was not supposed to have in the first place.

So Jochebed took Moses, nursed him and when he grew older, brought him to Pharaoh's daughter to be raised as her son. (Exodus 2:10) 

Therefore believe that God will meet you at your point of need.

Faith without works is dead. James 2;26

To learn more lessons from women of Bible genealogies read:
Lessons from the Daughters of Zelophedad

Lessons from Ruth

Lessons from Rahab

We are not ignorant of his devices

Christian Marriage Counseling Bible Verses

Christian Marriage Counseling Bible Verses

Biblical marital counseling should begin with heeding the following Bible verses for Christian marriage counseling:

1. Bible verses to remind couples to incorporate God in their marriage:

A cord of three strands is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

Trust in God with all your heart and do not rely on your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct you. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

2. Bible verses to remind couples to forgive each other:
Repay no one evil for evil. (Romans 12:17)

Put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, bearing with one another and forgiving each other.  (Colossians 3:12-13)

Forgive us the wrongs we have done as we forgive those who have wronged us. (Matthew 6:12)

Do not say, "I will do to that person just as they have done to me." (Proverbs 24:29)

3. Bible verses to remind couples to resolve their differences quickly:

Can two walk together unless they be agreed? (Amos 3:3)

Do not let the sun go down on your anger. (Ephesians 4:26)

If as you bring your gift to the altar you remember that your spouse has something against you, leave your gift there and first go to reconcile with your spouse and then come and offer your gift to God. (Adapted Matthew 5:23-24)

4. Bible verses to remind couples that they should try and be united even if they have different opinions:

Be of the same mind in the Lord. (Philippians 4:2)

A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined with his wife and the two of them shall become one flesh . (Ephesians 5:31)

What God has joined together let no one separate. (Mark 10:9)
What God has joined together let no one separate. (Matthew 19:6)

5. Bible verses to remind couples that they should avoid hurting each other:
Marriage is honorable and the marriage bed should be kept pure. (Hebrews 13:4)

Do not deal treacherously with your wife. (Malachi 2:15)

Do not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14)

6. Bible verses to show couples how they should treat each other:
Husbands love your wives as yourselves and wives respect your husbands. (Ephesians 5:33)

Husbands live with your wife with understanding ... so that your prayers will not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7)

Wives be submissive to your husbands … so that they may be won over by your conduct when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied with fear. Do not let your adornment be just on the outside – the styling of your hair, wearing gold or putting on fine clothes – rather let it be the hidden person in your heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit which is very precious in the sight of God. (1 Peter 3:1-5)

Put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, bearing with one another and forgiving each other.  (Colossians 3:12-13)

Be humble, gentle, patient, bearing with one another in love and making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:2-3)

Do not do anything out of self-ambition or conceit. In humility, esteem your spouse as better than yourself. Look out not only for your interests but also for the interests of your spouse. (Adapted Philippians 2:3-4)

A soft answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)
Above all things love each other fervently because love covers many sins. (1 Peter 4:8)

7. Bible verses to remind couples on how to love each other:
Love is patient and kind. It does not envy and it is not proud or conceited. Love does not behave rudely and it is not selfish or irritable. Love does think evil thoughts or rejoice in evil as it rejoices in good. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Above all things put on love since it is the perfect bond. (Colossians 3:14)

Above all things love each other fervently because love covers many sins. (1 Peter 4:8)

Marriage is honorable and the marriage bed should be kept pure. (Hebrews 13:4)

The wife does not have authority over how body, her husband does. Similarly, the husband does not have authority over his body, his wife does. Do not deprive each other except after first agreeing to do so in order to devote yourselves to fasting and prayer and then resume marital relations again so that satan does not tempt you. (1 Corinthians 7:4-5)
Love is patient and kind. Love does not envy. Love is not boastful. Love is not rude. Love thinks no evil. Love rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Click on the links below for more resources for the Christian marriage:

Bible prayers for your marriage

What does the Bible say about marriage?

Bible verses to help your marriage

How to speak the language of love to your spouse

How to fix marriage problems without counseling

How to Heal Your Marriage
How to heal your marriage

In addition to reading these Christian marriage blog posts, ensure that you also read your Bible every day since it is the best resource for Christian marriage counseling because All Scripture is inspired by God and it is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and instructing in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16) 

How to Fight for your marriage with Bible verses

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With God all things are possible

With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

The books of the Bible prove to us that With God all things are possible.

God enabled Abraham and Sarah to get a child when they were very old because Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born(Genesis 21:5) 

Therefore, if you are old and you are believing God for a child, know that with God it is possible. To learn more read How to Receive the Humanly Impossible.
How to receive the impossible

God parted the Red Sea to enable the Israelites to cross it for The Israelites went into the middle of the sea on the dry ground and the waters were a wall to them on their right and their left. (Exodus 14:22)

Therefore if you are trapped by problems, know that God can part them by giving you a solution.

God, who made the whole universe, spoke to Moses who was a person created just like us for The Lord called Moses and spoke to him from the Tabernacle of Meeting. (Leviticus 1:1)

Therefore, know that God can also speak to you as well. 

When 600,000 men and their families in the wilderness craved for meat, God fed them  for A wind went out from Him and brought quail from the sea and left them fluttering all around the camp. (Numbers 11:31) 

Therefore, when you cannot think of a solution for your problem, know that God can still solve the problem for you. 

God helped the Israelites defeat King Sihon of Heshbon for Sihon and all his people came out to fight us at Jahaz and God delivered him to us and we defeated him, his sons and all his people. (Deuteronomy 2:32-33)

Therefore, regardless of the battle that you are facing, know that God can help you win it.

God helped the Israelites cross the River Jordan when it was flooded for As the feet of the priests who carried the Ark dipped into the water (for the Jordan overflows its banks during harvest) that the waters which came from upstream stood still and rose in a heap. (Joshua 3:15-16)

Therefore know that God can help you solve whatever problems you are facing. To learn more read How to Cross a Flooded River of Problems.
How to cross a flooded river of problems

God helped the Israelites when they were  being plundered by their enemies because of their sins for God raised judges for them and He was with the judge and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of that judge for God was moved with pity by when they were groaning because of those who oppressed and harassed them. (Judges 2:18)  

Therefore if you are facing difficult problems  because of your sins, know that God can also solve that problem once you repent and return to Him. To know how to do this read How to Connect with God.
How to connect with God

Ruth was a foreigner in Bethlehem and she somehow landed on the field of the man who would marry her for She went and gleaned in the field after the reapers and she happened to go to the part of the field that belonged to Boaz who was a relative of her late father-in-law Elimelech. (Ruth 2:3)

Therefore if you living under disadvantaged circumstances like Ruth (widowed, foreigner and poor) know that God can still provide a good spouse for you.   

First Samuel
Hannah had been barren and she had been mocked by her co-wife Peninah and misunderstood by the Priest Eli because of her sorrow but God gave her a child for Hannah conceived and bore a son and named him Samuel. (1 Samuel 1:20)

Therefore even if people have laughed at you because you are barren, know that God can still give you children like He gave Hannah.

Second Samuel 
King Saul and his son Jonathan had died in battle and King David wanted to Show the kindness of God (2 Samuel 9:3) to one of his descendants because of Jonathan. He was therefore informed that one of Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth, was living in Lo Debar. King David sent for him and restored all the land that belonged to King Saul to him and commanded that he eat at his table even though he was lame in both feet. King David also gave the command that all that land was to be worked and the harvest brought in for him. (2 Samuel 9:7-10) 

Therefore if your financial situation has deteriorated and it looks hopeless like Mephibosheth's know that God can restore your fortunes to you the way He did for Saul's grandson.

First Kings
Second Kings
First Chronicles

Second Chronicles 
People from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir went to attack King Jehoshaphat and the Israelites and when the Israelites began to praise God, The Lord made the people of Ammon and Moab fight those from Mount Seir and when they had destroyed them, they destroyed each other. (1 Chronicles 20:22-23) 

When the Israelites were returning from Babylon, Ezra proclaimed a fast and the Israelites prayed because he did not want to ask the king for an escort of soldiers because of the enemies on the road for he says, We fasted and prayed to our God and He answered our prayer. (Ezra 8:23) 

Nehemiah and the Israelites faced a lot of problems from their enemies as they rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem but God helped them for The wall was finished on the 25th day of Elul which was in 52 days. When all our enemies around us heard about it and all the nations around us saw it, they were very disheartened because they perceived that this work was done by our God. (Nehemiah 6:15-16)

When the Israelites were faced with annihilation because a decree had been signed by the King, Queen Esther could not go to the king without an invitation because if he did not hold out his golden scepter, she would be killed. However, Esther and her maids as we, as well as the other Israelites, fasted before she went. When the King saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she found favor in his sight and he held out the golden scepter. (Esther 5:2) Consequently, Esther was able to save the Israelites. 

Song of Songs
Books of the Bible

Jesus went up the mountain and a big crown came to Him. This crowd included the lame, blind, mute, maimed and many others. They laid them at Jesus' feet and He healed them. (Matthew 15:30)

A leper came to Jesus and asked Him to heal him. Then, Jesus touched Him and said, "I am willing, be cleansed". And as soon as He had spoken, leprosy left Him. (Mark 1:41-42)

Zacharias and his wife were old and they did not have children. One day, as he was serving God in the Temple an Angel, appeared and told him he would have a son. Then, His wife Elizabeth conceived (Luke 1:24) and when the time came, she delivered a son. (Luke 1:57) 

Jesus and His mother were at a wedding in Cana when He was told that they had run out of wine. Jesus told them, "Fill the waterpots with water and take it to the master of the feast" (John 2:7-8) When they did this, the master complemented them for serving the best wine last.

Acts of the Apostles
First Corinthians
Second Corinthians
First Thessalonians
Second Thessalonians
First Timothy
Second Timothy
First Peter
Second Peter
First John
Second John
Third John

Therefore, regardless of what you want from God, always believe that With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

Therefore first believe and then pray to ask God Who makes all things possible what you else you should do to get what you want. 


Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to help me know in my mind and to believe in my heart and to confess with my mouth that with You all things are possible. 

With God nothing shall be impossible

To learn more on this topic of receiving the "impossible" from God read:
Your faith plus your works equals your miracle

How to strengthen your faith for healing

How to receive your healing miracle

How to increase your faith

How to Heal Your Marriage

How to heal your marriage

Jehovah Rapha means the Lord Who Heals. 

God introduced this aspect of Himself as a Healer to the Israelites when He was healing their bitter waters at Marah. 

The Israelites were on their way to the Promised Land when they found that the waters at Marah were too bitter to drink. Moses cried out to God and he was shown a tree that he threw into the waters and sweetened them. (Exodus 15:23-25)

It was after God had healed their bitter waters by showing Moses the cure, that He told them He could also heal their physical bodies for He said, "If you diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God and do the right thing in His sight, listen to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I brought on the Egyptians because I am the Lord Who Heals you." (Exodus 15:26)

How to Heal the Bitter Waters of Marriage

Marriage has been likened to water because we are told, Drink water from your own cistern and running waters from your own well. 
Why should your fountains be dispersed abroad and your streams in the streets?
Let them be yours alone and not for you with strangers.

Let your fountain be blessed and rejoice with the wife of your youth.
As a loving deer and a graceful doe, let her satisfy you at all times and always be ravished with her love.

For why should you be enraptured by an immoral woman and embraced by a seductress? The ways of a man are before the eyes of God. (Proverbs 5:15-21)

Drink from your cistern and running waters from your own well. (Proverbs 5:15)

Therefore if you find yourself at Marah in your marriage because the waters are too bitter to drink do the following to heal your marriage:

Cry out to God and ask Him to show you the solution that you can use in your marriage to sweeten the waters.

For example, you can pray, Jehovah Rapha, I ask You in the name of Jesus to show me how I can solve this problem and sweeten the waters in my marriage. 

For optimum results, pray Scriptures that address the problem that you are dealing with in your marriage. For example, you can say the following prayers for the following problems in your marriage:
a. Financial problems 
Heavenly Father we ask you in the name of Jesus to open up a way for us to make money so that we can provide for the needs of our household. (1 Timothy 5:8

b. Intimacy problems
Heavenly Father we ask you in the name of Jesus to help us solve these intimacy problems so that we can be joined together and become one flesh. (Ephesians 5:31)

c. In-law problems
Heavenly Father we ask you in the name of Jesus to help us solve these problems we have with our in-laws because it is written that a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined with his wife. (Ephesians 5:31) 
Combine your prayers to Jehovah Rapha with obeying His commandments and doing the right thing in His sight. Click here for more Bible prayers for your marriage.
Bible prayers for your marriage

Heal Yourself
Two emotionally unhealthy people cannot form a healthy union. 

Therefore to form a healthy marriage, you first have to heal yourself emotionally or consult a professional. Click on the link to read How to Heal Yourself Emotionally.
How to heal yourself emotionally

Study Your Spouse
Study your spouse to know what they really want. Sometimes people cannot or will not express the deepest desires of their heart but by studying them you can glean some insights about what they really want. To help you do this read How to Speak the Language of Love to Your Spouse.
How to speak the language of love to your spouse

Have Daily Talks

Ensure that you talk to your spouse each day to keep up with their day to day activities.

Every so often, make sure that you have an honest conversation with your spouse to find out:
3 things they would like you to do to improve your marriage 
3 things they would like you to stop doing to improve your marriage
Then commit yourself to doing/not doing these things.

Ensure that you also tell them:
3 things you would like them to do to improve your marriage 
3 things you would like them to stop doing to improve your marriage

Have Weekly Dates
Have a standing date with your spouse every week just like you have a standing date with God every Sunday in Church so that you can remain physically, emotionally and spiritually connected regardless of what you are going through. 

During your weekly couple dates you can engage in activities like:
1. Eating your favorite foods together
2. Listening and dancing to your favorite music
3. Reading books to each other
4. Engaging in hobbies you enjoy together
5. Giving each other massages. Click here to learn How to Make a Stress Management Massage Oil
Stress management massage oil recipe for couples massage

Have Monthly Spouse Days
Set a specific date each month when each of you will go out of their way to please the other. For example, the Wife Day can be on the 10th and the Husband Day can be on the 20th of each month.

Since most "men are visual", as a wife try to please your husband by wearing the things he loves you to wear.
And, since most "women are audial", as a husband try to please your wife by saying the things she loves to hear.

However, for the best results, ask your spouse what they would like you to do for them on that day.

How to Fight for your Marriage

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