When Pharaoh demanded that Shiphrah and Puah, the Hebrew midwives, kill all the Hebrew baby boys, they chose obedience to God over obedience to the most powerful man on earth! God in turn blessed them with families of their own.
It’s interesting to note, that although we often overlook the faithful role these two women played in bringing their people out of Egypt through this act of obedience to God, their names are recorded here and thousands of years later we are still talking about them by name, and yet, historians and biblical scholars can’t confidently determine and name the Pharaoh who lead Egypt during this time.
Maybe we can’t relate to the murderous demands placed on the midwives, but we can relate to having to choose faithfulness and obedience to God or obeying the demands and expectations of this world. There are always demands that we know go against the will of God and there is the temptation to give in to those demands for the sake of making life a little more comfortable for ourselves and not making waves in the world around us. The demands might come from a boss, friend, family member, political powers, etc. The issue remains the same. Will we trust and obey God, or will we give in to the demands that we know are wrong?
Preached at Scott Street on February 18, 2018.