Exodus Chapter 1 gives us insight into two women being bold in a time of adversity: (verse 7) And the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly and multiplied and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them; (verse 8) Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. (verse 9) And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more mightier than we:
This King’s heart became embedded with fear. When fear overcomes bad choices are made. This king spoke to deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies and fight against us.
(Verse 11) Therefore they did set over the children of Israel taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens, (verse 14) and they made their lives bitter with hard bondage and in all manner of service.
The king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah. He commanded them to kill all the male babies that were born among the Israelites. He also commanded they be thrown into the river, according to verse 22.
But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
The King called for the women and asked them why they didn’t do as they were commanded to do.
Their answer was they feared the Lord their God more than the King. Because the midwives feared God more than man, God blessed them with many houses and brought forth many more children.
During these perilous days that we are living in, many are going against what the Bible teaches. The Bible is the inspired Word of God and will not change.
We are living in a time where change is all around us. Maybe some us have been called upon by “authorities” over us to do things that are contrary to God’s Word.
It is time we stand up and “fear the Lord our God” to do what is right according to His Word.
Like the boldness of Shiphrah and Puah during the adversities of the King’s command, we also will take a stand and say, we will serve the Lord our God.
(Watson is associate pastor at LifeBridge Assembly of God in Oak Hill, and a member of the Fayette Plateau Ministerial Association.)