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Saturday, May 6, 2017

HEBREWS 11:23



"By faith Moses,
when he was born,
was hidden for three months
by his parents,
because they saw he was a beautiful child;
and they were not afraid of the king' edict."


Okay, here's a good Mother's Day verse.  This is first about Moses' unnamed parents' faith.  How on earth can you hide a baby for three months?  He must not have had colic like my kids did.  
Mine cried so much that my neighbors thought I ran a baby-torture chamber.  An eighty year old woman said she'd never heard the like.  I'm sure she wondered if she should turn me in. 


It is a rare mother though who does not find her baby to be a beautiful child.  It's in the sparkle in their eyes, their glowing soft skin, the silky hair...But the last part of this verse is the kicker.  They were not afraid of the king's edict: "kill all the baby boys."  Actually, it was the midwives, who I'm sure were afraid, but who were more afraid of disobeying God--even before the Ten Commandments were given they knew it was not right to murder, not even babies--and thus who were bold enough to ignore Pharaoh's order.


"Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, (he personally spoke to them!)
one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other was named Puah;
and he said, 'When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth
and see them upon the birth-stool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death;
but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.' 
But the midwives feared God,
and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them,
and let the boys live. 
So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them,
'Why have you done this thing, and let the boys live?'
The midwives said to Pharaoh,
'Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women;
for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them.'
So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied and became very mighty.
Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them.
Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying,
'Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile,
and every daughter you are to keep alive.'
Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi.
The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful,
she hid him for three months."
(Exodus 1:15-2:2)


Hmm.  This could never happen in our culture, in our world today since we have evolved to a higher consciousness.  We would never kill a baby.  We would never cast one away.  Wait,  think of China where parents are told to abort their girls since the citizens are only allowed one child, and parents in their old age would have to depend on that one child to care for them.  Hmm. 



Think of the entire abortion industry.  Do you realize what is behind this whole industry of killing babies in the womb?  1.  From its beginning, the founders of Planned Parenthood plan was to wipe out hated Blacks and Jews, thus clinics were put in their poor neighborhoods.  Who gets the most abortions to this day?  Yes, this minority falls right into this trap.  2.  It is used to disconnect sex from the consequence of sex--unwanted babies, think, babies born from illicit sex, babies  conceived from adultery, from even incest (yes, Planned Parenthood hides such cases and does not report them, becoming implicit in that crime), from the burden of becoming responsible for the cost of an unwanted child.  So, the unborn are tortured and killed by the millions, scalded or torn limb by limb while feeling the pain. This is the definition of carnality, selfishness at its peak: pro-choice.




Every child is worth celebrating.  So every single-parent woman who has kept her child because she feared God more than the governmental pressure to abort is heroic.  So every married woman who goes against the culture to raise her child when she felt the pressure to abort is heroic. 




As I've written before, we ran into a young woman, a nurse in a hospital, who once was an unwed mother.  I had told the women at our church at that time--every child is worth celebrating.  So we had a baby shower for her.  This young woman, even though I had forgotten this event, told us that she was so impressed by this, it opened her heart toward God instead of the wrong choices in her life, well and that my husband the preacher told her she needed to turn her life around.  She was soon baptized as a believer.  Upon meeting her after all these years, she said her young son was recently baptized as well.  Hmm.
  

Women who fear God, not man, women who dare to disobey even the king or the baby-killing culture are brave.  And yes, partial-birth abortion is the ultimate murder of a baby, and a whole political party has declared that no one who is pro-life can be a part of the Democratic party.  Wow!  That should send shivers down your back. 


So back to Hebrews, "when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents because... they were not afraid of the king's edict."  Wait a minute!  They are slaves, for goodness sakes.  It didn't make sense to have kids anyway, right?  No, God is in the business of giving life.  It begs the questions, are we afraid to speak up for the unborn, do we cherish babies?  Do we disdain even those who choose to have large families?  My grandparents who had six children knew what that felt like, squeezing eight people into a two bedroom parsonage.  My children who have four children have upon occasion felt this scorn of those who attempt to put false guilt upon them.  What about those who have imperfect, handicapped children, whom some dare to say should have been aborted.  But going back to  Exodus, "So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied and became very mighty."  That means, the Hebrews had large families.  Hmm.  Take that Dr. Nye, the Science Guy, who wants to force people to limit the number of children they are allowed. 


Where would the Hebrew children be without brave parents who saved Moses?

By the way, one reason Muslims are laughing up their sleeves in that while the birthrate is going down in the more powerful countries in the world, their birthrate is growing exponentially, helped along by their acceptance of polygamy.  Christianity is in fact shrinking in the world, while those of the Muslim faith are growing in number.  Just saying..."But the sons of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly, and multiplies, and became exceedingly mighty, so that the land was filled with them...so that the king said, "Come, let us deal wisely with them, or else they will multiply and in the event of war, they will also join themselves to those who hate us, and fight against us." (Exodus 1:7-10)  Remember, they claim Abraham as their father as well and know how it works.




I once had a mother of two in my Bible Study who shared with tears that her husband threatened her that if she did not abort the third baby in her womb, he would divorce her.  I don't know what happened since she dropped out of our Bible study, but I can guess.  How difficult it is to be brave, when both parents aren't agreed to go against the culture and are tempted by the promise to be free from the responsibility of bearing a child!  It is a silent decision unknown to others, and often a life-long grief that a woman has to bear alone. May mercy and grace and healing go to those who are sad, whose hearts hurt for their child who they did not allow to be born.  I've even seen a fb site where they are freely urged to anonymously express their regret and sorrow by writing to the child they aborted.  Our local "Woman's Friend" offers grief counseling and information about a retreat they can go to for their healing.  By the way, heaven is filled with these children who are waiting to meet those mothers who have sought God's grace that covers all their sin. 



Let's look at the opposite of this verse: his parents did not hide Moses because he was an ugly (unwanted) child and they were afraid of the kind's edict.  Giving birth is a fearsome thing, not just the pain a woman goes through, but the fear of the unknown, the future of a child brought into this hostile world.  Have you ever run into those who are past their child-bearing years who say with a sneer that they wouldn't dare bring a child into the world as it is now?  I have, more than once.  However as Christians we have a King who has a kingdom.  We know we have a glorious future ahead of us.



Umm, there is a wee bit of irony in this story, did you notice? Moses' mother gave him birth then put him up for adoption by floating him in the same Nile she was supposed to cast him into so that he would float in front of an unwed mother, the Pharaoh's daughter, who indeed did take him as her own.  God has that kind of winking humor, you know. 




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