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Disconnecting with our culture!

Scripture reading for January 18th: 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

God commands us to obey established authority.  But is it ever right to disobey government authority?  What if the government authority orders you to do something that actually breaks God’s Law?   Can you disobey and please God?

Shiphrah and Puah are ordinary Jewish women who had a job to do.  They 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 until the mothers were strong enough to take care of the child or children themselves.  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 of that time.  This kind of thing was happening even 3500 years ago and is still going on in our culture today.

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.  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.

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? 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 that to be legal or put politicians in office that are pro-abortion, repent and ask God’s forgiveness.  He is merciful and will forgive your sin!  We don’t want to be found to be an accomplice of “Pharaoh” (Satan).

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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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)

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The Blessing of Godly Parents

Scripture reading for January 19th: Exodus 1-2

It is a wonderful blessing to have godly parents!  Godly parents seek to follow the Lord and are concerned about what God wants rather than what is convenient.  Godly parents pass the faith that they possess on to their children and pray for them.  God uses godly parents to prepare His children for their part in His saving mission! I know, because I had godly parents and they helped prepare me for my calling as pastor and teacher!

After nearly 400 years had passed in Egypt, the Israelites had multiplied and found themselves in slavery to leadership that had forgotten Joseph and his contribution to the Egyptian’s welfare.  Pharaoh ordered the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah, to kill all male babies and let the female ones live.  These women feared God and refused the orders given them.  Because of their faith and their bravery, God took care of them by giving them families of their own.  (Exodus 1:15-21)

A Levite married a Levite woman and they gave birth to a son.  The woman hid her son for three months in order to preserve his life from Pharaoh’s death squads.  When she could hide him no longer, she prepared an ark from a papyrus basket.  She coated it with tar and pitch, making it waterproof.  Then she placed the baby in the basket and carefully placed it in the Nile river near where Pharaoh’s daughter came regularly to bathe. The baby’s older sister watched as Pharaoh’s daughter approached. Noticing the basket, Pharaoh’s daughter had it brought to her.  The baby inside touched her heart and Moses’ sister stepped forward, volunteering to get a nurse for the baby.  It just so happened that the nurse was the baby’s mother!  What “luck” that was!

So in God’s providence, He used godly Levites to raise this child, Moses, and placed one of His own people inside the court of Pharaoh.  Moses got to learn the ways of Egypt and yet know his own God through the training of godly parents in this strange relationship.  His education and training concerning Egypt were provided by the one’s who would face him as God’s leader a few years later.  From his parents, Moses learned the promises of God to deliver His people.  Thus, God prepared one of the greatest leaders of the Old Testament for delivering His people!

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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?  What if they want you to do something that actually breaks God’s Law?   How can you disobey civilly?

Shiphrah and Puah are ordinary Jewish women who had a job to do.  They 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 until the mothers were strong enough to take care of the child or children themselves.  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 of that time.  This kind of thing was happening even 3500 years ago; there’s nothing new under the sun.

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 told a story that made an excuse.  They 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.  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”.

If you have had an abortion or voted for that to be legal or put politicians in office that are pro-abortion, repent and ask God’s forgiveness.  He is merciful and will forgive your sin!  No one needs to carry guilt or shame.  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)

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