In the days of Pharoah of Egypt, the king made a command that all Hebrew male babies should be killed by the midwives.
Though these midwives don’t appear to be part of the religious Hebrew community (Exodus 1:16), the Bible says twice that they “feared God” (vs. 17, 21) and therefore wouldn’t do as the king commanded. They told the king a lie (that the Hebrew women were “lively” and gave birth before they could arrive), but God was pleased with what they did, and “dealt well” with them, and “made houses for them” (vs. 20, 21).
One can’t help but remember the story of Moses as well (Exodus 2:1-10), whose parents, moved by their faith in God, were not afraid of a king’s commandment (Hebrews 11:23), but hid him for a season. Acts 7:18-20 tells us this Pharoah “evil entreated” these early Hebrews.
But to get back to the midwives. Here we find conscientious objection to the king’s decrees. We find apparently irreligious people who are pro-life. People who see the big picture – that life matters. That no matter what your theology, obedience to a wicked king’s judgments is flat out unacceptable.
The king essentially had a eugenics by forced abortion campaign going on, but a few people got in the way and kept it from happening, and God was *pleased* about that! In our day, we would have charged the midwives with 15 counts of felony for “lying,” and debated the “ethics” of what they did, just like we did with David Deleiden and Sandra Merritt, for their work in exposing the insane evil and criminality that goes on at Planned Parenthood venues.
When I read passages like this, I can’t help but get offended at so-called preachers these days who “don’t want to be political.” When will they ever grow a backbone? If they won’t be as righteous as these “pagan” midwives, at least they could refrain from stigmatizing what is good! So many preachers mock and/or disallow the fight for good values in government. This is something that Christianity has to get over.
And it’s something we *can* get over. Conservatism has long been a part of Christianity, and it’s only after an antichrist like Obama that the church has largely capitulated and surrendered to evil. We *can* come back. All it takes is admitting our wrong: “Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD” (Jeremiah 3:13). That’s all God is after – not perfection – not performance – just agreement with Him – just faith in Him. That is where any true righteousness begins.
And until the church comes back into agreement with Him, there is need for drawing attention to passages like this, where a message of conservatism in Exodus is clearly presented in terms no religionist could possibly argue with.