Scripture places women in a position of great honor and records the faith and deeds of those used by God to affect the course of history. One of the most revealing things noted of Scripture is that it records both the flaws and successes of individuals. Rightly so, for the Word of God is Truth and because it is, His revelation to mankind is accurate and relevant to all generations. The writer to the Hebrews notes some of the women who had tremendous impact for God.
For example, Sarah, wife to Abraham, is commended for her trust in the promise of God to give her a son in her old age. “By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised” (Heb 11:11 NASB). Was this not the same Sarah who at first had questioned God’s promise of a son in her advanced years? Yes it was, but she matured spiritually and God reveals to us the key to her spiritual growth … “she considered Him faithful.” All that she had endured at the hands of a scheming husband, who often thought of his own interests more than hers, ultimately would be used by God to bring into the world a son named Isaac.
As God’s plan unfolded, another woman of greatness appeared on the scene by the name of Jochebed. “Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it, and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. And his sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him.
Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the boy was crying. And she had pity on him and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children." Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?" And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Go ahead." So the girl went and called the child's mother” (Ex 2:1-8 NASB).
Dr. Luke writes … “at that time Moses was born, [Jochebed knew] he was no ordinary child” (Acts 7:20 NIV). Most of the English translations of the Bible define the Greek word “asterios” as handsome, fair, or beautiful. However, a more accurate understanding of this word is revealed when one considers that it is derived from “astu” which means a city. God had made a promise to Abraham. “And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you” (Gen 12:2 NASB). Therefore … “by faith he [Abraham] lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God” (Heb 11:9-10 NASB). “Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them” (Heb 11:16 NASB).
Thus, when Moses was born, his mother Jochebed knew that her child was part of God’s plan to fulfill the promise of a Savior. Mankind would be reconciled to God on the basis of faith in the Christ who would die on the Cross and pay the sin debt of every individual. As for the city, it is yet to come, but it will, for He who promised is faithful.