Puah & Shiphrah
I jumped into bed about 11:30 last night but finally turned off the bedside lamp about an hour later. Checking my Facebook page, I chanced upon a Humans of New York (HONY) story about a Hutu pastor in Rwanda during the horrendous genocide who stood up against fellow evil and Hutus and saved about three hundred Tutsis from murder. So I went to HONY'S page and found another story. This time it was about a Hutu Christian soldier who decided to go against a direct command to shoot any Tutsi on sight. He stealthily moved 23 people under the cover on darkness to cross the border into safety. His own words: "I was a Christian before I was a soldier. So for me, killing innocent people was more of a risk than trying to help them to escape".
As I muse over these stories, two brave women in the Bible came to mind; midwives Puah and Shiphrah. Famine had driven the Israelites into Egypt during the time of Joseph. Fast forward years later, they multiplied greatly in number and Pharaoh became afraid because they had become "more and mightier" than the Egyptians. Pharaoh feared that in the event of a war they might join the enemy against Egypt. His solution? He ordered the two midwives "... “When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birth stools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” Exodus 1:16.
The women knew better than to disobey a powerful king like Pharoah but they also knew killing innocent children was not an option. Beyond just knowing such an act was wrong, they feared God and that pushed them to go against the king's direct order and saved the male children also. Because they took a stand for what was right, because they chose to obey God rather than man, God dealt well with them. "And so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided households for them." Exodus 1:21
May God give us the grace and boldness to take a stand for what is right in His sight even when the laws of the land give us a go-ahead on certain behaviors we know to be wrong. It may be risky, open us up to malicious attacks and even be life threatening. I pray we do not forsake our conscience and God's word should we find ourselves in such situations. And yes, God rewards obedience to Him. He rewarded those two brave Hutu men with life and rewarded these two women with life and prosperity.