Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – December 6, 2015
Theme: Heroes of Faith
Topic: Amram and Jochebed
Main Texts: Exodus 2:1-10
Key Verse: Hebrews 11:23 –“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months
by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the
king’s edict.” (NIV)
Last Sunday, we saw how Joseph prophesied the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. We noted especially that Joseph made this pronouncement at a time when the Israelites were quite comfortable in Egypt. But Joseph had his eyes on God’s revealed ultimate plan for the nation of Israel. Our key learning from the study included:
We must be careful not to allow our current comfortable situation to blur God’s perfect plan and purpose which may require a total change of direction from our current comfortable position.
It requires unflinching faith to remain focused on God’s purpose where it means abandonment of our current comfortable position: There would usually be pressures from those around us and other stakeholders.
This Sunday we will consider how Amram and Jochebed – Moses’ parents, hid him for months and eventually had the interesting privilege of being foster parents to their own child! Key lessons to share in the study should include:
Every creature of God is a potential tool in His hands for the accomplishment of His purposes, and we should not assume that only Christians fit into His plan.
We should not hinge our fortunes on whether or not a Christian is in a position of influence over our fortunes. Indeed, He deliberately plants unbelievers in strategic positions to accomplish His purpose – even without the unbeliever being aware that God is using him or her.
When God takes charge of a situation, His Spirit may direct actions that challenge our theology. Examples abound in Scripture of people who, led by the Spirit, did seemingly questionable things towards God’s purposes. The names of Moses’ parents were not explicitly stated in our main text which gives an account of his birth and preservation as a baby. However, from Numbers 26:59 we gather that Moses’ father was Amram and his mother was Jochebed. Joseph had died at a time the Israelites in Egypt prospered and were strong – see Gen 1:7. The Egyptians feared that the Israelites might eventually dominate them and so, led by a nationalistic king, decided to take steps to weaken the Israelites. In addition to subjecting the Israelites to slave labour, the king instructed that midwives that took delivery of Israelite babies should murder any such baby that was male. “But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live.” (Exo 1:17). As a result, “… God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families.” (Exo 1:20-21)
1) Give Bible instances of where God seemed to have planted certain unbelievers in strategic positions to take actions to further His purpose. We are often delighted when a committed Christian is put in charge of affairs that affect us. Indeed, we often pray for such situations – wishing that a Christian would win an election, be our boss, and so on. Some are distraught when a non-Christian eventually clinches the influential position. Amram and Jochebed knew very well that the midwives were Egyptians and that if these midwives were to do their job as expected of them, baby Moses would not survive. Nevertheless, they nursed the faith that somehow, Moses was worth keeping and would survive.
2) What is the appropriate attitude of a Christian to a situation where most people appointed or elected into positions that are involved in decisions affecting his or her interest seems to be a non-Christian?
3) Does your experience as an individual and as a nation support praying specifically that only committed Christians should be appointed or elected into positions of influence? Moses’ family would seem to have used deception to preserve his life. Other Bible cases of deception seemingly being part of God’s purpose include: Jacob, guided by his mother deceived his father to receive their father’s blessing instead of Esau (Gen 27); Rahab hid the Israelite spies and lied about them (Joshua 2). These instances have generated controversy over whether or not it is acceptable to lie provided the end result is good.
4) What can we learn from cases of God’s intervention in situations in ways that include a seeming violation of what we understand to be His position on basic living?
Father, teach me to recognise and accept that all your creation, including those that do not acknowledge
you, are at your disposal to use to your own ends. In Jesus’ name. Amen.