As we continue our series, Blogging Through The Bible in 2020, we are going to turn the page to the second book of the Bible, the book of Exodus. Exodus 1:17 says, “But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.”
The opening scene of Exodus brings several changes. Joseph is now dead, and there is a new Pharaoh in charge. While the Hebrews had favor in Egypt while Joseph was alive, now that he is dead, and there is a new Pharaoh in charge, the Hebrews are no longer favored, instead, they are feared. The new Pharaoh was afraid that if Egypt ever went to war, the Hebrews would join forces with the enemy and help overthrow Egypt. The Hebrews were multiplying in number, which only increased Pharaoh’s fear. Therefore, he ordered the Hebrew midwives to murder all Hebrew boys as they were born. Because of their fear for God, the midwives intentionally chose to disobey this order. Their fear and faith in God may have brought some unwanted attention by Pharaoh in their lives, but they received the favor of God.
While this story certainly plays into the sanctity of life drama that continues to unfold in our country, that is not the only takeaway from this story. I, like many, was deeply disturbed by Fox’s refusal to show the pro-life, Faces of Choice, ad during the Super Bowl this past Sunday. As a child of God, I believe that all lives are valuable. They are valuable because God is our Creator (Gen. 1:27). I believe they are valuable, because they were died for by Jesus on the cross (John 3:16). I believe that not only lives in their mother’s womb are worth protecting, but that all lives outside of the womb are worth protecting. A nation that doesn’t value one group’s or subsection of life, is a nation that soon enough will not value any lives. But there is another truth that I believe we need to see here. That truth is that there is never a wrong time to do the right thing. There very well may come a day in our nation, in which the church must choose to suffer persecution in order to follow God’s commands. But everyday, we are faced with choices of right and wrong. We may not be faced with prison or death, but we are faced with decisions that could come with other consequences; such as, loss of job, loss of friends, alienation from our family, or simply not being liked. There should never be a time in which we are called on or asked to violate what the Bible teaches. However, this is a reality that many face. In those times, may we be like the Hebrew midwives and have a greater fear (awe, respect) for God than we have of man. Jesus never promised that we would have any easy life as Christians in a fallen, sinful world. He just promised to give us His presence, His power, and His grace in the face of difficulties to honor Him. And at the end of the day, there is nothing more we need.
By His grace and for His glory,