Exodus 1 & 2: Will You Fear God?
Verse of the Day: (1:17) But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
1. Fight (1:1-14)
Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. (1:10)
Only one life, and so soon it will pass, and only what is done for God shall last forever. Joseph, the Hebrew, died, and soon his great works of saving the world from starvation were forgotten. As the Hebrews began to multiply in numbers in Egypt, the Egyptians saw them as a potential threat to join their enemies to fight against them during wartime, and therefore they began to make them their slaves and clipped their freedom and power.
2. Fear (1:15-22)
And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses. (1:21)
As the Hebrews multiplied in number, the new king of Egypt who knew not Joseph, ordered the Hebrew midwives - Shiphrah and Puah - to kill all baby boys born by the Hebrews. However, Shiphrah and Puah feared God than the king of Egypt as they secretly spared the lives of the baby boys, and gave the reason that the Hebrews unlike the Egyptians were quick in delivering their babies way before they came by. Though they lied to the king and God chastised them, yet they feared God, and God subsequently bless them with many children! Indeed, let us fear God than man, as God is our Creator!
3. Flee (2:1-25)
Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well. (2:15)
What God promises, He delivers. God protected His chosen people, the Hebrews, as He preserved Moses who shall lead the Hebrews out of the bondage of the Egyptians. As Moses’ mother hid baby Moses by putting him on a small ark, and letting it flowed by the river that Pharaoh’s daughter spotted it, and took him to be her adopted son. By God’s providence, Pharaoh’s daughter appointed Moses’ mother as Moses’ nurse. Moses grew up, and was perturbed that his people, the Hebrews, were slaves under the Egyptians. One day, Moses killed an Egyptian who mistreated a Hebrew as he could no longer tolerate the fact that his people were oppressed by the Egyptians. When Moses heard that Pharaoh issued a warrant of arrest for him, he fled to Midian. However, it was during the time in Midian as a fugitive that God humbled and trained him to be the deliverer of the Hebrews!
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to fear You, and not men, as You are the Almighty God.