The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby 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. 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.__ Exodus 1:15-20 NIV
A little over a year ago (in a sermon) Pastor George introduced to me (and the rest of the congregation) Shiphrah and Puah, two women who lived under circumstances spiritually similar to our lives today. Their quandary : kill healthy newborn Hebrew baby boys in service to the god-man Pharaoh OR honor God.
I don’t have any numbers, but in my everyday conversations with other believers, more often than not, I feel like a minority when it comes to actually seeking to obey God. I attribute my decision to follow Christ to the fact that God has shown Himself faithful and trustworthy in my life in the most practical manner.
I have asked myself why it takes so long for Jesus to become the central focus of our lives. Why is taking that step to follow Christ whole heartedly so dreaded by even those who have experienced God’s grace? It is not unpopular to acknowledge God’s goodness and to even share a personal story of His amazing grace, but when it comes to making the decision to live by Biblical principles__ this separates “christians” from disciples.
If Shiphrah and Puah had been “casual “ Hebrew women_like casual Christians of today_ simply nodding in acknowledgment to God’s existence, then it is possible that we may not know the name Moses. But it is probable that we would not know the names Shiphrah and Puah.