In Exodus Chapter 2 We meet two midwives, Shiprah and Puah and Moses’ Mother Jochebed, a woman who trusted in the invisible!
In Exodus 1:15 The King of Egypt tells the two Hebrew midwives, “When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.
They feared God! Having a healthy fear of God, is so essential for living as a Christian. It was truly essential for the Israelites living in Egypt. Can you picture yourself during this time in Egypt? An angry Pharaoh in complete control over the entire Egyptian empire who just wasn’t particularly fond of Jews, gives you a direct order! What would you do? No doubt they had seen what happened to people who deliberately choose to disobey this angry Pharaoh! Disobedience meant certain death! Yet, despite how things looked outwardly, these two brave women did not look at the situation but looked to God and through their fear of God, choose instead to do what was right in His eyes!
Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?” The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.” So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
All these two ladies had to go on was their faith in an unseen God. Would fearing God and putting His will first pay off in the end? Yes it did! 1 Samuel 2:30 says ” God honors those that honor Him and the scripture reveals that a fountain of life is available to those that fear Him.
Then in Exodus 1:22-24, we read about Moses’ mother Jochebed, who also reacted purely on her faith, when Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.
When she could no longer hide Moses, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
Hebrews 11:23 says ‘By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.’
In other words, although everything around them looked terrible, Moses parents were able to keep their eyes on the invisible God, and their faith cast out all fear!
Exodus 2 continues the story, that we all know too well of how Moses was pulled from the water by Pharaoh’s daughter and nursed by his own Mother!
In all of these happenings, God is never mentioned, but we truly see his hand all over each situation!
Have you ever asked where is God? Will He come through? Although you may not see or always hear Him, He is always working!
It was not a coincidence that Pharaoh’s daughter came down to the Nile on the very day that Moses was placed in the basket? It was not a coincidence that Pharaoh’s daughter came to the exact place on the Nile where Moses was? It was God!
Pharaoh’s daughter had no idea that she was being used in the plan of God, but used she was! It was God that allowed her heart to be filled with pity for Moses. It was God that arranged for Jochebed to be able to look after and nurse her own child. And it was definitely God that allowed her to be paid for doing it!
Though not seen, and not heard, this speaks of a God who works all things out for those that love Him.
Moses grows up in the Pharaoh household but still feels for his own people, the Hebrews. In Exodus 2: 11-15, You read the story of how Moses slays an Egyptian beating a Hebrew. After fearing he was seen and Pharaoh’s desire to kill him, Moses flees to Midian.
You see even in the midst of having everything he possibly could have wanted in the Hebrew household, Moses knew something was wrong. He did not have the peace that comes with knowing you are in a right relationship with God.
In Hebrews chapter 11:24-26 we read that by faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
Moses gave up a lot… associating himself with the Hebrews cost him any future aspirations of leading Egypt, as well as his comfort, pleasure, pride, and prestige. In fact in other selfish ambitions that he desired were now gone. It was a huge cost to pay, but he was willing to do so for he was looking ahead to his reward.
Moses could see the unseen. He saw eternity and the overwhelming importance of eternal rewards compared to temporal pleasures. Hebrews 11:27 tells us ‘By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
Do you see the invisible? Do you recognize God is still in the midst of every situation? Shiphrah, Puah, Jochebed and Moses were great people of faith who were able to see God at times when the natural situation seemed overwhelming and impossible!
God hasn’t changed. The way he works hasn’t changed, and the way he can deliver hasn’t changed. Whatever you are currently faced with, fix your eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen!
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