Midwives Shiphrah and Puah

Text: Exodus 1:15-20


Julie Herrera-Maxwell
There are people in this world who have changed the course of history without even knowing it. Usually they are ordinary people that at one point or another just stepped up to help somebody, probably not even thinking how far their action would impact our world. Rosa Parks refused to get up from her seat and that simple action ignited the Civil Rights movement in America. Mother Teresa decided to serve those outside of the four walls of her monastery, and soon she had started a movement working among the poor and sick in Calcutta. 

The two midwives of Exodus 15 were just simple women who had likely been working at their trade for decades. What made them extraordinary women was not their job or title, but rather their faith and courage — their refusal to obey Pharaoh's orders. They were risking their own lives and families for the sake of others. Even though they were facing off with the all-powerful Pharaoh, there was something inside of these women that was stronger than any fear they may have felt -- the fear of God. These women realized that life is given by God and He is the only one who has the right to take it away. As a result of their faith in God and bravery, these women not only rescued an entire generation of children, but also all their future generations as well! Shiphrah and Puah placed their hope in God to rescue them from Pharaoh, and in turn God used them to bring real hope to those who needed rescuing.

 

Suzy Silk
Shiphrah and Puah were living out their calling as "Ezers!" They feared The Lord more than they feared the all-powerful Egyptian Pharaoh, and they were willing to risk their lives in order to come to the aid of the Israelites and their defenseless baby boys. When the Israelites were weak and without hope, God raised up these two Ezers from within their midst to bring them hope and help. Pharaoh felt threatened by this growing minority of Israelites, fearing he would lose his power; the midwives, on the other hand, placed their hope and found their security in the true God, the God of the Israelites. In response to their faith, God cared for them by allowing Pharaoh to be fooled by their lies and by then blessing these two midwives with children of their own. 

Shiphrah and Puah are agents of God's hope, bringing hope in a life and death situation, bringing hope to the helpless and weak. How is God calling you to be an agent of His hope and to protect others? How is He calling you to intervene when there is injustice (especially against those who have no means of defense)? Or maybe, as He chose Shiphrah and Puah, could God be calling you to pray for, care for, or protect children and infants in your life? Ask God to open your eyes to any situations in your life in which you may need to act as an Ezer for a child or woman in a desperate or unsafe environment.