Ancient civil disobedience

Scripture reading for January 19th: Exodus 1-2

Exodus 1:18-20 “So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and let the male children live?” The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” So God dealt well with the midwives.”

Shiphrah and Puah were ordinary Jewish women who had a job to do.  As midwives, 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 an order to these god-fearing women to kill all the male babies.  It was a form of late-term abortion being practiced in Egypt 1500 BC.

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.  They 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.   They continued to do what was right before God.  They knew that abortion was murder of God’s children.  God was kind to them, protected them, and He rewarded them with families of their own.  If you are faithful with the little, God can give you much! ( Luke 16:10-12)

Do an inventory today of the things God has given you stewardship over.  One thing is your influence and vote 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?  God rewards well and is pleased with “civil disobedience” that promotes His life-giving plans.

The fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord will be kept safe. (Proverbs 29:25)

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