Scripture: Exodus 1:15-17 “15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of
whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live.”
Observations: Wow today had some powerful readings. We read about the Israelites being moved from guests to slaves in Egypt. Then the current pharaoh tried to destroy their race by killing all the male babies. Moses was saved by pharaoh’s daughter, but when he came of age, he tried to help his people, but they turned on him and he ran away. He came to Midian where he was married to the daughter of a priest, and had a son. At the end of chapter 2 we find the Israelites crying out to God to save them.
Psalm 88 was a cry of lament. It is really sad.
In Luke 21, Jesus tells his followers what to expect in the last days. At first I thought that was my application since I am fascinated with the subject, but I kept being drawn back to the Hebrew Midwives.
Application: Egyptians followed false gods. Their pharaoh was considered a god. Yet, the midwives, who appear to be Egyptians, feared God and refused to kill the Hebrew babies. Today, we have people professing to be Christians, who obviously don’t fear God because they are supporting Women’s Choice when it comes to abortion. I saw a post today (actually my sister posted it), where it is illegal and carries a stiff fine to harm a baby sea turtle, or a baby eagle, but yet there is nothing wrong with killing a human baby. What is happening to our sense of justice in this crazy time?
Prayer: Lord, tonight my heart goes out to the unborn child whose mother is struggling with the decision of whether to abort or carry the child to term. Protect those babies Lord. Strengthen those who are fighting the battle in your name, both at home and in Washington. Tomorrow is Human Sanctity of Life Day. Please Lord, turn our hearts to the marginalized, the sick, the elderly and the unborn. Lord, make this a safe world for them all. Use us where you can. Amen
Tomorrow’s Reading: Exodus 3-5; Luke 22