“And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live. But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive. And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive? And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them. Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.”
– Exodus 1:15-20
You probably know the account of Moses. The pharaoh of Egypt was killing all of the male Hebrew babies, but Moses’ mom made a basket, placed him in the river, and had his sister watch over him. Pharaoh’s daughter found him in the river and raised Moses as her own son. But do you remember (or even know) that beforehand, two midwives took a stand to stop the slaughter of male Hebew babies?
Pharaoh told these two midwives, Shiphrah and Puah, that when they were helping Hebrew women give birth, they needed to kill the male babies. The midwives were God fearing women and knew this was wrong, and so they let every baby enter the world alive. Eventually Pharaoh noticed that the male population of the Hebrews was not dwindling, so he called the midwives back in and demanded an answer of them. Instead of quaking in fear and giving in, they retorted (and I paraphrase): “Those Hebrew women aren’t like Egyptian women. These Hebrews are so lively and strong that they give birth before we can even get there.” I doubt Pharaoh knew anything about the child birthing process – he believed the midwives, and looked for another way to kill the male babies.
We look at the world around us and see that it needs someone to make a difference. But then we sit back and say, “I’m just a college student/cashier/handyman/fill in the blank…I can’t do anything to change the world.” Yet the Bible gives us a perfect example. These women were midwives! All they did was help birth babies! They weren’t politicians, famous, or influencers in their day. They were ordinary people with an ordinary job. They didn’t stand back and say, “This pharaoh is messed up. But I can’t do anything to stop it. Someone else who’s better equipped will need to do it.” Instead, they jumped right in and did what they could. They knew what was right and what was wrong – they feared the Lord. This is a small, easy thing to miss when reading the account, but these two women were blessed by God and mentioned by name in the Bible for what they did.
No matter what is going on in the world, always stand for what is right. Stand for what God says in His Word. God already conquered death – what do you have to be afraid of?
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