The Midwives Feared God


There are so many names in the Bible, oftentimes I am prone to overlook them and move on. However, today I noticed some new names as I was doing my Bible Study, No Other Gods by Kelly Minter. We were reading in Exodus 1 about the captivity of the Israelites. As the Pharaoh pressed God’s people harder, they just grew and multiplied. (Exodus 1:12) Pharaoh then stooped low and commanded the midwives to murder the Hebrew boys who were born.

The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives—the first whose name was Shiphrah and the second whose name was Puah— “When you help the Hebrew women give birth, observe them as they deliver. If the child is a son, kill him, but if it’s a daughter, she may live.” Exodus 1:15-16

These midwives were witty and wise. They feared God over man. They made the bold, possibly life-threatening decision to disobey the king’s order and be faithful to God.

The midwives, however, feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live. Exodus 1:17-18 CSB (emphasis mine)

However after Pharaoh noticed the numerous amounts of boys alive in the Hebrew community, the midwives were summoned. Many times we are aware of the actions of people in Scripture who have more ink to their stories, but just as Esther went before the King or Daniel went to the Lion’s Den, the midwives of Exodus 1 were heroes! They risked their lives by doing what was right. When questioned, they provided tactful answers. God then blessed them for protecting the innocent lives of His people.

So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this and let the boys live?” The midwives said to Pharaoh, “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them.”

So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied and became very numerous. Since the midwives feared God, he gave them families.  Exodus 1:19-21 CSB (emphasis mine)

Although, the king of Egypt eventually commanded everyone to kill the Hebrew sons (Exodus 1:22), these women served the Lord the best they could in a trying time. This leads to the question, do we fear God? A king may not be asking us to kill newborn sons, but someone in this world who has influence is telling us something we should do that would dishonor the Lord. In order words, what are we being tempted with today?

Will we stand up and by His Spirit in us, choose to obey God over man? Will we know that even though the world may give us a great reward, that our true reward is eternal? I pray that you and I will be strong in the Christ today and put Him first. It may not come in obvious or immediate ways, but He will bless us when we honor Him.

Much Love,

Emma Danzey