Have you heard of Shiprah or Puah? Maybe not, but they are heroes in the book of Exodus. They’re Hebrew midwives in service to the king of Egypt. Since Israel had increased in great numbers, Pharaoh wanted to control their birth rate. Under direct orders, the two midwives were to kill baby boys once delivered. If the child was a girl, she could live.
“But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live” (Exodus 1:17).
The midwives are pinned against two great authorities: the king of Egypt and the King of Kings, Yahweh himself. They’re heroes because they risked their lives by disobeying Pharaoh. We should be reminded that following Jesus will increasingly become more difficult as public opinion comes against Christian ethics and convictions. And obedience may cost us a lot. Undoubtedly, we too might be pinned against God and culture.
But like these women in the story of Exodus, will we exhibit steel-like faith in the moments where we are demanded by those around us to abandon our God? Will we show bold and courageous faith by making Jesus our highest allegiance despite what earthly consequences may follow? At the end of the day, we have to make our choice. Will we fear God or man?