God’s faithfulness to his people over their 400 years in Egypt shines through this spectacular story of two scrupulous midwives on this Tuesday. God empowers Shiphrah and Puah to stand against the orders of one of the most powerful men of the age. Their faith-filled actions prepare the way for the birth of Moses. What a blessing that Scripture illuminates the covenant relationship that God still had with his people, and remembers these two women by name! Come join us at this Sunday’s Gathering at 9:00am and 10:45am to hear more of God’s truth for your life! - Kim
_ Tell of a time when the faith of another made a difference in your life. How do you remember that part of your story? Is it part of your testimony? When is the last time you have shared this precious story? How can you be intentional about sharing it again?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [Exodus 1:15-21]
15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. 18 So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and let the male children live?” 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” 20 So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
_ Who are the main characters listed in verse 15? Think about the contrast between these characters socially, economically, and with regards to the power they had in their day-to-day lives. How does this impact the story that unfolds?
_ What was the king of Egypt’s specific direction to the midwives in verse 16?
_ Imagine the conversations Shiphrah and Puah had with one another, other midwives, their family, and the community of Hebrew people as they discussed the king’s decree. What would pros and cons list look like?
_ Why did they not obey the king’s decree in verse 17?
_ What does their choice tell us about the relationship the Hebrews had with God, their King, during this time?
_ How did the midwives answer the king’s question about their disobedience in verse 18? See verse 19. What do you think they were feeling during this confrontation?
_ What attributes of God are shown in His action on the midwives’ behalf before the Pharaoh?
_ What blessing did the Hebrew people receive for the midwives’ obedience to God? What about the midwives specifically? Vs 20-21
_ How does this story encourage, strengthen, or convict you as you make decisions now and in the future?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience? (In groups discuss in guy/girl break-outs)
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)