Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Exodus 1:22 (NIV)
Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”
Exodus 1:22 (MSG)
So Pharaoh issued a general order to all his people: “Every boy that is born, drown him in the Nile. But let the girls live.”
“Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, “Every son who is born [to the Hebrews] must be thrown into the Nile, but every daughter you shall keep alive.” -AMPLIFIED
This was a diabolical plan that Pharaoh had ordered his people to carry out and we must remember that it was planted in his mind by the Enemy of the children of God. Satan’s desire has always been to destroy the very seed that was destined to one day destroy him and to take every person he can to the pit of Hell to suffer Eternity with him.
Just a reminder from the Apostle Paul; “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” -Ephesians 6:10-12 (NIV)
We must notice something important in this passage of Exodus 1; it appears in 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.” (NIV) Pharaoh had ordered the midwives to kill all the Hebrew baby boys, but we find something very telling in this verse; they feared Jehovah more than they feared Pharaoh. That is totally as it should be; for Jesus told His followers; “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” -Matthew 10:28 (NIV)
We see that because the midwives feared God He blessed them. “So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.” -Exodus 1:20-21 (NIV) So, when the midwives failed to carry out his command Pharaoh ordered the Egyptians to do it for him.
It was Pharaoh’s desire to annihilate the children of Israel. To make his plan work he would kill off all the baby boys and enslave or assimilate all the baby girls. Once the present generation had died off from too much hard labor or old age he would have eradicated them from Egypt forever. So was his plan, but God had other things in mind about removing His chosen people from this land.
God will make a way for His people and it all starts with the birth of a little boy, Moses. We are about to see God lift His hand of intervention and do the impossible for the children of Israel. Remember; even in those situations that appear impossible, with God all things are possible. God will make a way when there appears to be no way!
“God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible, what a pity that we plan only the things that we can do by ourselves.” -A.W. Tozer
God, you are the God of the impossible. You take impossible situations and work them out in amazing ways; so often your answers just blow my mind. I look at these midwives and pray that I too will choose to do the right thing when I am faced with impossible choices. Help me to always remember that you will work all things out for my good; even if I cannot see how that is even possible. Lord, help me to always remember that it is most important to be pleasing to you; not anyone else. As I step out in obedience to you, please bless me and make me a blessing. Open the pathways that you have called me to follow and at the end of my life let me be know n as one who was faithful to you.