The king of Egypt had a talk with the two Hebrew midwives; one was named Shiphrah and the other Puah. He said, “When you deliver the Hebrew women, look at the sex of the baby. If it’s a boy, kill him; if it’s a girl, let her live.” But the midwives feared God and didn’t do what the king of Egypt ordered; they let the boy babies live. The king of Egypt called in the midwives. “Why didn’t you obey my orders? You’ve let those babies live!”
The midwives answered Pharaoh, “The Hebrew women aren’t like the Egyptian women; they’re vigorous. Before the midwife can get there, they’ve already had the baby.”
God was pleased with the midwives. The people continued to increase in number—a very strong people. And because the midwives honored God, God gave them families of their own. – Exodus 1:16-20
On this International Day of the Midwife I want to acknowledge two midwives from long ago, who chose to serve their God and the women of Egypt over Pharaoh!
You know what I love about this? God says he was PLEASED with midwives, I think he likes midwives 😉
I also love that these women served their God, and their women, despite the hideous commands that they were given. Commands that threatened life, that dis-empowered families and attempted to smother Gods plans for his beloved people. What must they have thought? When the current environment around their profession/skill was looking so dire? Stressed? Afraid? Maybe they thought it would be easier to not be a midwife anymore, that way they didn’t have to involved themselves with this ‘situation’, that way they couldn’t get into trouble.
I haven’t worked as a midwife, I’m just studying and learning right now. I see things on social media and on the news, I hear things from other midwives, that make me scared to be a midwife one day, will I just burn out like many others? Will I lose heart about things and just settle into the routines of the building I work within, to tired to try again for change.
I know one thing, that if I don’t serve my God and women, like Shiphrah and Puah did thousands of years ago, I will not be happy with myself. I want to be a fruitful vine like my passion-fruit.
I want to hear this, at this time in history, in Australia and all over the world,
GOD WAS PLEASED WITH THE MIDWIVES.
Happy International Day of the Midwife!