A Fearful Pharaoh vs. A Quartet of Courageous Women – September 6, 2020
Scripture: Exodus 1: 8-2:10 Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.”
Synopsis: The story of the Exodus begins with fear…fear of a numerous people by a new king who arose over Egypt, who worried that they would become more powerful than the Egyptians, and who put in place ways to oppress and enslave them. Four women defied the orders of the king in different ways: the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah, the Levite Woman, and the daughter of Pharaoh. Moses was born in a time of fear, but the women who surrounded him showed a way of dealing with the oppressive nature of power. How do we apply their courage to our time today?