Scripture Reading: Exodus 1:1-3:22 / Matthew 26:1-30 / Psalm 19:1-6
On April 8, 1974, Henry Hank Aaron swung at a pitch and sent it over the outfield wall for his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record for career home runs. He received more than 930,000 letters that year, many from fans but because he was African-American, 100,000 were hate letters and some contained death threats.
When the baseball cleared the wall the stadium went nuts. As Aaron rounded second base, a couple of white teenagers jumped over the retaining wall and ran on the field chasing him.
For a moment, no one knew what they had in mind but it soon became clear they were celebrating and cheering Aaron on. As he crossed the plate, the Braves dugout emptied onto the field cheering and whooping it up. In the middle of those ballplayers was a short, sixty-eight year old black woman. She latched onto Aaron and wouldn’t let go of him. Henry Aaron turned and said to her, “Mom! What are you doing here?” “Baby,” said his mother, “if they’re gonna get you, (thinking of the death threats he had received) they gotta get me first!”
A mother will go to all extremes to protect their child no matter the cost or sacrifice. The King of Egypt had decreed that all Hebrew male babies were to be killed by throwing them into the Nile River. A son was born to a Levite couple and when the mother, “saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.” (Exodus 2:2) She defied the King’s order because she not only loved her son; she saw something special in him because he was no ordinary child.
Every mother thinks her baby is beautiful and special. Mothers see something in their children that the rest of the world doesn’t see. This mother believed God had a special purpose and great plans for her child. The King and a cruel society cried out for the death of her son but this mother stood strong in the face of this attack and placed her son above the will of the world.
She made an ark for her 3 month old son, placed him in the bulrushes of the Nile and had her daughter keep watch over him. This may seem odd and extreme to us but this was a sign of wisdom and trust. No one would look for her son in the river and she trusted God to protect him. Every child needs a crib and an ark of protection.
By God’s divine providence, the baby was discovered by the King’s daughter and she immediately fell in love with the Hebrew baby. She named him Moses and not knowing, asked Moses’ birth mother to nurse him and bring him to her when he was weaned. Every child needs nurturing and the influence that only a mother can give. God used the bravery, strength, love, faith and trust of a mother whose name is not mentioned here. Her name is revealed in the New Testament but here she is a “No Name” mother. Many mothers aren’t known outside their home yet their value is immense…they are the most influential people in the world!