2018-01-29 - The Upper Hand
God was good to the two women because they truly respected him, and he blessed them with children of their own. The Hebrews kept increasing. (Exodus 1:20-21 CEV)
The Egyptian king saw the Israelites as fierce competition in battle, so he shrewdly made the Israelites slave laborers. Even though the Israelites had the upper hand, they were unprepared and were taken captive. The new king's plan brought God's people under oppression. One man's decision took joy out of many lives.
Ironically, the Israelites grew in population and strength while slaves. In an effort to decrease the Israelites' power, the Egyptian king told the midwives who assisted the Israelite women during childbirth, to kill all boy babies, but let the girls live. Shiphrah and Puah disobeyed the king and let the baby boys live. The midwives told the king that the babies were born before they got there.
By these ladies' actions, men's lives were spared, thankfully. God blessed Shiphrah and Puah with families of their own. These women were brave and put their faith in the King of Heaven and Earth, rather than the king of Egypt.
Lord, Please don't let me be taken in by the wrong sort of crowd. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.