THE TWO MIDWIVES ~ Precious C Philip
Do you as a midwife perpetrate and condone evil or do you expose and resist getting involved in evil practices such as infanticide (killing an infant) for financial reward/material gain, exchange of children at birth to favour someone who has promised you some reward, secretly trading a woman's child for money...?
Let's read this amazing story of two God-fearing midwives in the Bible.
Exodus 1:15-22 reads:
The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,
“When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.”
The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.
Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”
The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”
So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.
And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”
What Do We Learn From The Story Of These Two Godly Midwives?
We learn bravery, taking a stand for what is right, and demonstration of fear of God by eschewing evil. We also learn that God is kind to those who fear Him and rewards them accordingly.
-The Hebrew midwives demonstrated their fear of God by refusing to do what is evil: they did not do the evil Pharaoh had asked them to do [even though Pharaoh was the king of the land they were living in], but did what was right in the sight of the God of the Universe - The Most High God. If you fear God, you'll not do evil because a man has commanded you to do what is evil. You'll do what is right because you fear God. You'll not do what is evil because you fear men.
-God is kind to those who fear Him. To attract God's kindness to your life, fear God. The fear of God provokes God's kindness. The Scripture says, "So God was kind to the midwives..." Do you want God to continually be kind to you? Then, fear Him continually.
-God rewards those who fear Him. God rewarded the Hebrew midwives for the right thing they did by giving them families of their own. As a Christian midwife, fear God and shun evil, reject every evil request and instruction (in your work) no matter where it is coming from. The Hebrew midwives displayed bravery, courage and boldness; you too have the ability to display such when needful.
As an unmarried Christian, do you desire a life partner? Fear God indeed; shun evil and do right and God will reward you in due season if you serve Him with a pure heart of love for Him and not because you simply want to get married. Remember the Hebrew midwives did what they did not because they wanted God to give them families of their own, they did what they did because they feared God (not expecting something) and God rewarded them. "The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.....And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own." Exodus 1:17, 21.
-Be brave. You don't have to do what is evil just because you have been commanded by your superior or someone in authority to do evil. Stand your ground like the Hebrew midwives did and refuse to do that which is evil. God will defend and protect you from being harmed in any way like He protected the Hebrew midwives. When you say no, another person may be given the task (Exodus 1:22) and if they agree, they'll suffer the consequences.
Those who fear God do not fear men.
Those who fear God fear to do what is evil.
Those who fear God do what is right.
Those who have the fear of God in them do not do evil. This is what the Hebrew midwives communicated in their action.
You may not be a midwife, but ensure you fear God and do that which is right in God's eyes in your workplace or in your line of business. Stand out! Don't compromise your faith and join sinners (those who lack the fear of God) to do evil. Don't!
Read last week's blog post: The Poisonous Glory