Continuing with a lesson from the first chapter of a different book of the Bible each day this week, I want to ask you a simple question:
Who are you going to obey today?
15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives … 16 “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birth-stool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.”
The king of Egypt was the ruler of the land, and the kingdom of Egypt had dominated the Hebrew people and had made them slaves. So here the King of the land (the highest authority known to man at that time) commands some lowly Hebrew (slave) midwives to kill any newborn baby boys. I love what follows:
“But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live” – in verse 17. Do you fear God? I am not asking of you are afraid of Him, but do you fear and reverence Him, so much so that you would rather disappoint your boss, your husband or wife, your children – anybody other than God? Because that is what happened here. These midwives were so intent on pleasing God that they would rather risk life and freedom to obey God, even if it meant directly disobeying the king.
Pharaoh summons the midwives to ask them why they did not obey his decree. Imagine what they must have felt walking up to Pharoah? They probably thought “this is it. Our lives are over”. Bu this why I love the Bible:
20 So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. 21 And because the midwives feared God,he gave them families.
God dealt with the midwives. Not Pharaoh. The Bible just says God dealt with them! And clearly He dealt kindly with them. The Bible does not say why Pharaoh did not punish them or what he even said to them. But God blessed them for obeying Him. No matter what!
If you read on to the end of the chapter, Pharaoh then goes to give the same command to his soldiers that he had given to the midwives. The events end well for the midwives. God loves and blesses obedience.
Today you might come up in a situation where you are asked to compromise and you feel you would dishonor God by following the instruction to be dishonest in some way. I am not here to tell you to risk your job or anything else. I am just reminding you that following Jesus is something that takes our all. Our total commitment and obedience. God bless you today in all your decisions.