Civil disobedience–Shiphrah and Puah
Scripture reading for January 19th: Exodus 1-2
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which is established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do will bring judgment on themselves.” Romans 13:1-2
Is it ever right to disobey government authority? Do they always speak for God if they want you to do something that actually breaks God’s Law? In today’s reading, civil disobedience is rewarded!
Shiphrah and Puah were mid-wives and helped deliver babies. They would go to the homes of pregnant Israelite women and sit with them during labor and delivery, washing off the baby and attending to the mother and child. Pharaoh gave orders to these god-fearing women to kill all the male babies. It was a form of late-term abortion being practiced in Egypt of that time.
Satan comes only to kill, steal, and destroy but God is a life-giver and life-saver! These Hebrew women knew God and feared Him more than they feared Pharaoh. The chose a path of civil disobedience that is a good model for us today. They simply ignored Pharaoh’s order and did what was right in God’s eyes. When confronted, they spoke from their heart and continued to do what was right before God. They knew that abortion was murder of God’s children. God was kind to them and protected them (Exodus 1:19-20). He rewarded them with families of their own.
One area God has given us influence through is voting in our democracy. Are you voting for those who will authorize abortion? Are you giving approval to those who would perform abortions and kill off human beings made in God’s image? Do you call the politicians that are trying to enact more laws to abort children? Are you like Shiphrah and Puah, staying strong for God and protecting life whenever and wherever you can?
If you have had an abortion or voted for politicians that are pro-abortion, repent and ask God’s forgiveness. He is merciful and will forgive your sin! We for sure don’t want to be found to be an accomplice of “Pharaoh” (Satan).
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (Proverbs 1:7)
The fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord will be kept safe. (Proverbs 29:25)