“But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live…So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. ” (Exodus 1:17&20, NASB95)
Obedience to God’s Word is not always easy. It usually is not the most popular thing to do. Sometimes one has to stand up against some powerful forces. It can be very intimidating. Take these verses for instance. Here we have midwives. Their function was to assist in the birthing process. A simple and rewarding task, that is, until the king of Egypt told them that when they were doing their job and a boy was born they must kill it. What were they to do now? This command didn’t come from some nobody in the community. It came from the king of the nation. Who were they to obey? The answer is easy–God! But the outcome for doing so isn’t always comfortable.
Too many people, even religious people, would tell us that we are responsible to obey the authorities around us. They would even say God’s Word says that He puts those authorities in place to lead us. Both of those statements are true as long as what they demand is not contrary to God’s Word/will. God calls us to be discerning. One of Jesus’ greatest criticisms of the religious leaders of His day was that they had sacrificed the core of God’s Word for external obedience. Hence, He finally said to them, “Learn what this means–I desire mercy and not sacrifice.”
Friends in Christ, the midwives were rewarded and blessed by God for their obedience to His Word, even though it meant disobedience to the king of Egypt. God divinely protected them and blessed their families and households. God will always bless those who are obedient to His Word. Finally, I find it very interesting that one of the most repeated phrases from the Apostle Paul is “stand firm.” He calls us as believers to stand firm to the truth regardless of what the world says or does.