Day one: Exodus 1

What are you doing right now? What is it that you do every day? How is your time primarily spent? Maybe it’s school, maybe it’s work, maybe it’s a programme, maybe it’s something else. In Exodus 1 we meet some midwives going about their daily midwife life.

But it’s not a normal time, the Israelites were being oppressed, they were slaves in Egypt and were being worked ruthlessly (v14). At this time the king of Egypt ordered for every new-born boy to be killed. He didn’t like seeing the Israelites prosper and multiply so he was cutting it off brutally.

But these midwives were different. They feared God. Not in a sense of being afraid but in a sense of respect, desiring to honour Him with their everyday time. Honour him with the things they do every day. Verse 17 – “The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live”. These unnamed, ordinary women acted rightly even going against the crowd to honour God and what a difference it made. They played their part and that’s a real challenge for us.

Right at the start of Exodus we’re introduced to the Israelites struggle. But we’re also introduced to hope and faith. These two words carry the book of exodus. Hope in salvation and faith in a God that will bring it. Here the narrative begins, God partnering with ordinary people to bring about a rescue and foreshadow the biggest rescue of all. Come and see what God has done.

 

Question for today: How can you serve God with what you do every day?