Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (J)
Jochabed: “Jehovah is her glory”
We find Jochabed’s story in the book of Exodus. Jochabed is the mother of Aaron, Miriam, and Moses. She had Moses during a time when Pharaoh was killing Hebrew baby boys. She had to hide him when he was born and when he got to big, she floated him in the river hoping someone good would find and take care of him. After Pharaoh's daughter found him, Miriam told her she knew of a nursemaid that could nurse the baby until he was weaned. I can’t imagine how Jochabed felt when she delivered Moses and realized he was a boy and may be killed. How did she hide him and keep him quiet for three months? And how could she let him go not knowing if she would ever see him again when she put him in the river? She had great faith and trusted God to take care of her son.
Exodus 2:2 ~ And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
Exodus 2:7 ~ Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
Exodus 2:10 ~ And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
Josiah: “Jehovah has healed”
We fins the story of Josiah in II Kings. He became king at only 8 Years old. Josiah was a good king and did right in the sight of the Lord. During his reign, he proceeded to repair the temple and abolish idolatry. Josiah refused to let the king of Egypt pass through his land to go to war with the king of Assyria. He sent his army out to deal with the Egyptians, but decided to go out himself in disguise. It was there that he was fatally wounded by an arrow. He reigned for 31 years.
II Kings 22:1 ~ Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.
II Kings 23:2 ~ And the king went up into the house of the Lord, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the Lord.
II Kings 23:23-25 ~ But in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, wherein this passover was holden to the Lord in Jerusalem. Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the Lord. And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.
II Kings 23:30 ~ And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own sepulchre. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's stead.
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