Jan 17 2013

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The Women in Moses’ life

This entry is part 10 of 21 in the series Women



Exodus 2, 4, 18

Numbers 12

The heroes and heroines were so exited they could barely wait for the next morning to give the three women the news.

“Ladies”, they announced, “you are all three related to Moses. One is his mother, one his wife and one his sister. All three of you played very important roles in the life of Moses.”


You are Jochebed, the mother of Moses.

Israel was slaves in Egypt when Moses was born. The pharaoh had ordered all Jewish, male, new-borns to be killed. You hid Moses in a basket in the reeds of the Nile River. When Pharaohs daughter went to bathe, she found the basket with the crying baby. Moses’s sister was watching the basket to see what would happen to her little brother. She appointed you to nurse Moses. When Moses was older, you brought him to the pharaoh’s daughter, and she adopted him as her son.

Moses grew up as an Egyptian but he knew he was a Hebrew. One day he came upon an Egyptian beating one of the Hebrew slaves. Moses tried to help and killed the Egyptian by accident. He fled into the desert in fear of his life. Moses lived in the desert for 40 years. Then he returned to Egypt as the representative of God. God used Moses to lead Israel out of Egypt. After more than 400 years of slavery, Israel was a free nation again.


You are Zipporah, daughter of the priest of Midian, Jethro. You are also the wife of Moses.

When Moses fled from pharaoh, he went to live in the land of Midian. When he arrived, he sat down at a well. The other shepherds chased you and your six sisters away from the well. Moses rescued you and helped you draw water for your father’s flock.

Your father invited Moses for a meal. Moses stayed and later he took you as his wife. You gave birth to two sons, Gershom (which means I have been a foreigner in a foreign land) and Eliezer (which means the God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of pharaoh).

Moses was called by God through a burning bush. God wanted to deliver His people from slavery in Egypt. He sent Moses as his messenger. When Moses returned to Egypt, you and your sons went with him. On the way to Egypt, you stopped over for the night. That night God confronted Moses and wanted to kill Moses. You stepped in with a flint knife and circumcised your sons.

Things became too dangerous and Moses sent you and your sons back to your father.

Jethro, your father, heard everything God had done for Moses and the Israelites. He decided to visit Moses. He took you and your two sons with him. You met up with Moses where the Israelites were encamped at the mountain of God. Moses was very glad to see you. Your father was a wise man and he gave Moses advice regarding bearing the burden of the people.  Moses listened to your father and appointed seventy men to assist him.

Your father left and went back to Midian. You and your two sons stayed with Moses and travelled with Israel.


You are Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron.

You loved your little brother. It was you who came out of the reeds and suggested to pharaoh’s daughter that your mother could nurse the baby.

You were known as a worshipper of God. When the Egyptians followed you into the desert to bring you back, God parted the Red Sea. The whole of Israel walked through on dry ground, but the Egyptians drowned. After Israel had crossed, you were the one who began singing and dancing.

Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine and led all the women as they played their tambourines and danced. 21 And Miriam sang this song: “Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has hurled both horse and rider into the sea.” (Exodus 15:20-21 NLT)


The three of you were the leadership of Israel. Moses was the lawgiver; Aaron was the priest and you, the prophet.


You were also the one, together with Aaron, who spoke against Moses because he had married a Gentile woman and not a Hebrew woman. You also expressed your dissatisfaction with Moses. You said God did not only speak through Moses but through you as well. Moses did not do anything about the accusation. God however called you to the Tabernacle.

And the Lord said to them, “Now listen to what I say: “If there were prophets among you, I, the Lord, would reveal myself in visions. I would speak to them in dreams. But not with my servant Moses. Of all my house, he is the one I trust. I speak to him face to face, clearly, and not in riddles! He sees the Lord as he is. So why were you not afraid to criticize my servant Moses?” The Lord was very angry with them, and he departed. (Numbers 12:6-9 NLT)


God punished you with leprosy. Moses prayed. You had to stay outside the camp for seven days before you were healed.  Israel waited until you were healed before they broke camp and continued their journey in the wilderness.


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Retha Groenewald

Retha Groenewald, is a Christian, passionate about the Bible and author of fantasy novel The Four Faces. She loves storytelling, reading, researching, and writing. She has degrees in nutrition, business, law, and theology. She is a member of Elim in Durbanville. She lives in Western Cape, in beautiful South Africa.

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  1. Barbara

    Very interesting story, indeed. Never thought about the three women in Moses’ life. Did you ever hear the saying, “Behind every great man, there is a woman.”? Well, Moses had three women! And God used each of them for His purposes! May He use each of us for His purposes!!! ;-D
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    1. Retha Groenewald

      Hi Barbara, yes I know the saying. So now we know why Moses was so successful – the women LOL. You should be very satisfied with yourself that you knew who these three women were.

  2. Tish Times

    I love the Word of God! Thanks for this post!

    1. Retha Groenewald

      Hi Tish, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Me too, I love the Word of God.

  3. Suzy

    Took me back to my school days when we did Scripture studies. Dropping by from UBC.
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    1. Retha Groenewald

      Hi Suzy, thanks for dropping by and for your comment. I hope it is good memories going back to your school days.

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