January 3, 2022

By Ingrid Cantrell and Perry Engle

Scripture meditation: Exodus 1:15-2:10

The culture in Egypt when Moses was born was one of oppression and genocide. Pharaoh had given the decree that the Hebrew midwives were to kill the infant boys born to Hebrew women, but let the girls live. Scripture tells us, “The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.”

Moses’ mother went a step further and opposed Pharaoh by placing Moses in a basket along the Nile, trusting in faith that he would live.

When Pharaoh’s daughter found the baby at her bathing time, she determined to go against her father as well and take as her own this baby that Pharaoh had ordered to be killed. In God’s grace and mercy, Moses’ sister was able to reconnect their mother to her baby as a nurse for the child that she had sent out in faith.

We can only imagine Pharaoh’s interaction with his daughter over her wanting to keep this child. Ultimately, when it suited him, the Egyptian king chose to not follow his own decree to kill the little boy, even though it went against the cultural norm that he himself had set up. This goes to show how cultural norms can fluctuate, and how even those in power can change the plumb line when it
suits their purposes.

The courageous women in this story show us what it means to put God first and follow His cultural norms instead of those around us. This is truly what it means to embrace counter-cultural faith.

Prayer

Father, give me the faith to stand up for what I believe in, even when I have to stand up to those in power. May I always stand with you and do what I know to be right in your eyes.