Monday, October 23, 2006

Deliverer of Deliverers

Exodus 1:15-20
15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 "When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live." 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. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, "Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?"

19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, "Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive." 20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.

Before there was ever a Moses, there were the midwives. They became the stewards to an entire generation. Their choice and stand to not kill their own people allowed for the emergence of the great deliverer Moses. This was a key passage of scripture that was focused on last night at a prayer gathering in Yankton, SD. We prayed for the midwives to come- not literal ones but spiritual ones. There were many local college students there, and several of them came forward to pray for their generation. Like the midwives, they've been told it's OK to kill their own people- their own generation. We prayed for a great shifting on the universities so that this young generation would fear God. Let the deliverers come forth.

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