Then Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, gave this order to the Hebrew midwives: “When you help Hebrew women as they give birth, watch as they deliver. If the baby is a boy, kill him; if it is a girl, let her live.” But because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the king’s orders. About this time, a man and woman from the tribe of Levi got married. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that he was a special baby and kept him hidden for three months.
It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward.
Imagine having to work in neonatal care at the time of Moses’ birth. Pharaoh’s fear of losing power drove him to do the unthinkable: kill all the male Hebrew babies born in Egypt. But if it wasn’t for two courageous midwives and one brave mom, Moses may not have survived.
Jochebed built and waterproofed a papyrus container and fashioned it into a tiny little ark, hoping God would save him. She risked both their lives by placing him in what the Egyptians called “the sea of reeds,” a prime habitat for crocodiles.
As the lifeboat floated down the river, Pharaoh’s daughter’s heart couldn’t resist the crying baby. She knew that this child was Hebrew, and still she was willing to defy her father’s edict. God used these women to bring freedom for his chosen people—that’s brave!
What are some of the things in your world that breaks God’s heart? Is He sending you on a journey to be a part of the solution? As you consider the courage of these women, ask God to make you brave, and stand up for those who are helpless and in need of a deliverer.
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If you aren’t currently a part of a home group, but would like to dive deeper into our study on Courage, join us on Tuesday nights starting July, 24 from 6:30-8:30pm in the worship center for a large group study on the book of Nehemiah led by Pastor Mark.
In this seven week course, we will dig deeper into the heart of courage and how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
Free childcare is available.