Women of Great Honour

Unsung Heroes

“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God” (Psalm 92:12-13, KJV).

The meaning of righteousness is doing what is morally right or justifiable. Today’s story is about two women who had to do what was right in God’s eyes, even if it would cost them their own lives.

We meet them in the first chapter of Exodus when the king of Egypt (Pharaoh) asked two midwives to kill any newborn boys but to keep the girls alive (Exodus 1:16). These women were Shiphrah and Puah (Exodus 1:15).

Shiphrah means handsome, trumpet, that does good. And Puah means to cry out. And how these two women must have cried out to God but, even when met with silence, still kept walking in righteousness. We know this for in verse 17 it states that “…the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.”

We must remember that the Israelites knew of the Pharaoh’s command. They must’ve been treated with disdain at first by their fellow men and probably had to prove and make plans to deliver healthy babies. They even had to think about what to say when discovered. Being a midwife must’ve been very stressful on top of having to deal with mothers and dads-to-be.

The two midwives were called in by the Pharaoh, who asked them why they didn’t follow his command. They responded by saying, “…because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them” (Exodus 1:19, KJV). If discovered, they could’ve been killed for disobeying the Pharaoh.

God does see when we are doing the right thing, even when people say we need to do otherwise, for we learn that the people grew greatly in multitude. And God blessed these two midwives with their own families (Exodus 1:21, KJV).

Every person has to face the choice of doing what is right in God’s eyes or choosing the easy way out (what is socially more acceptable). Walking with God isn’t always easy. Jesus never said that it would be. In fact, Jesus said in Matthew 16:24 (KJV), “…If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

Are you ready to pick up your cross? Can you make the right choice no matter what persecution you might face? Just know by taking the right step, God will see that, and you will one day be planted in the house of the Lord.


Published by juanitasamuels

I've recently graduated from Massey University with a BA in Creative Writing. I am a follower of Christ and wish to spread some hope in this world of ours. I live with my husband and two boys in Auckland, New Zealand.

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