The Bold and the Beautiful
The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.” - Exodus 1:19
I spent several days at a church conference in Kansas City last week. Here, I was reminded about the story of two amazing women, who risked their lives for the sake of God's people.
When Pharaoh ordered these midwives to kill all Hebrew baby boys upon birth, they faced a hard decision. On one hand, Pharaoh was the most powerful man on the planet. With a word, he could have them imprisoned or killed. On the other hand, they believed that God was greater than Pharaoh. So, in an act of civil disobedience, they disobeyed the Pharaoh's orders.
When Pharaoh called them into account for the ongoing abundance of Hebrew baby boys, they told Pharaoh that the Israelite women were so healthy and strong that the mothers delivered babies before they could arrive and carry out Pharaoh's wishes.
It's interesting - we don't know the name of the "mighty" Pharaoh who ordered this genocide. However, the Bible does offer the name these two "humble" women. Their names were Shifrah and Puah. They were mid-wives by profession. More importantly, they were women of character and courage. Because of their faith, Moses' life was spared. Because of their faith, the people of God escaped slavery in Egypt and entered into the Promised Land.
Can you think of the bold and beautiful women (or men) in your life who God used to show you mercy and grace?
Perhaps it was a parent who worked extra jobs so that your family had everything you needed. Perhaps it was a grandparent who always made sure you came to church. Perhaps it was a teacher who always encouraged you to believe in yourself and do your best.
As people of faith, we know that God uses ordinary people for God's extraordinary purposes. The key is to be faithful in our small tasks - at home, at work, at church. While there may be times when living faithfully will cause us to risk our reputations, relationships, or even our lives, the more common challenge is simply to be faithful and kind (bold and beautiful) in the small tasks of every day. Pastor Caleb