Exodus 1:15-22

11 May

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We are all familiar with Bible characters like Moses and Paul. After all Moses led God’s chosen people and Paul’s Damascus Road deliverance was responsible for changing a murderer into an incredible man of God!  We are all challenged by Queen Esther’s courage and identify with David’s cries for help and comfort. These are but a few of the people whose lives are well-known and certainly should be!

However, I’ve been so blessed by the account of  two Old Testament women, Shiphrah and Puah, whose faithfulness occupies but 8 verses of the first chapter of Exodus. Their names are not well known, and it would be easy to miss their courageous stand against evil since it’s only mentioned for a brief moment. But if we stop and linger here awhile, there’s a great lesson to be learned!

“Shiphrah and Puah” (Ex. 1:15), two Hebrew midwives, that God saw fit to include in the account of Moses’ birth! It was their faithful stand that enabled that “goodly child” born unto the house of Levi to be “saved…alive.” The King’s command did not change the fact that they “feared God” (Ex,. 1:17) and desired to please Him. They were bold enough to do “not as the king of Egypt commanded them…” in order to play an important role in the deliverance of the Israelite people. They didn’t know that their stand would be significant, that by saving the “men children alive” they would ultimately be saving the children of Israel as a whole, but they did know that they were called to be faithful!

Verse 20 tells us that “God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty!” Verse 21 goes further and tells us that “…It came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.” He blessed their faithfulness in their own personal lives and also blessed the Israelites through them!

Maybe you are weary wherein you are serving today because it seems like no one is noticing. Maybe you are standing for the right yet haven’t seen results. Rest assured, weary worker, that God notices! Be confident that He’ll bless the righteous in His time! Maybe it seems like you are called to serve in a little place and it doesn’t seem like much is being accomplished, but remember Shiphrah and Puah! Remember the two Hebrew midwives that faithfully feared God and were able to have a part in the birth of a great servant like Moses! Be certain that God will deal well with you because you have chosen to be faithful!

The prayers you’ve prayed have been heard. The quiet times alone with God that no one sees or knows about have been noticed by your Heavenly Father. In Matthew 6:18, Jesus tells us that our, “…Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward (us) openly.” Galatians 6:7  says with certainty that, “…whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Though your place of service seems small and insignificant, STAY FAITHFUL! Just as God blessed Shiphrah and Puah, He will bless you in due time! 🙂

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2 Responses to “Exodus 1:15-22”

  1. Joe Newsome May 13, 2009 at 5:42 am #

    What a great reminder for us to just be faithful in what God has called us to do. As Jesus said even a cup of cold water given will not go unrewarded. Only God knows the true effects of our faithfulness on others around us. Many people have come to Christ because of the faithful lives of someone they knew. It wasn’t thier words as much as thier lives that won them to the Lord. Thank you for this blog.

    Love you
    Uncle Joe

  2. Staci Lechliter May 21, 2009 at 5:23 pm #

    Thank You for this blog. It really again hits home. sometimes I feel that what I do does go unnoticed, that maybe it doesn’t really matter, but God knows and it matters to him. Thank you for showing me that even the smallest good deed doesn’t go unnoticed. I am so thankful that God has brought you and your sister to our church. You have been such a blessing. I miss your parents too, they sure are a true blessing, and I understand how they feel. They are following what God has chosen for them to do, and that is great honor.

    I often forget that God is watching and taking account for all that we do, even if it is very small like just listening to a mother mourn her lost unborn child. Or just listening to a mother who is fearful of losing her baby, or just being a good friend. I don’t usually want anyone to take notice, I feel I do what God wants me to do.

    Awhile back I was upset at work, I was thinking of leaving. God told me in so many ways, this is where I belong. When I was able to comfort a young mother about her abusive past and help her through some of it, I knew this is where I belong. Thank you again, for reminding me that the smallest things in life are really worth alot.

    Love ya,
    Staci

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