Re: Verse reading—Exodus 1:8-2:10 (day three)
“The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do.”
The saving of the lives of babies in the midst of a campaign of genocide was dangerous work in the face of the absolute power of the Pharaoh. But these women came to the task with courage and not a little savvy. Did they make it up as they went? They might have felt like it at times. Here’s what we can know: Given the existence of two powers—God and Pharaoh—one of the powers had to give, and the midwives understood that it wouldn’t be God. With that large thought firmly in mind, they proceeded to work out what that would mean for how they lived from day to day. We would do well to think as big.