Earlier I had blogged about women entitled “News Flash! News Flash! There Is Women In The New Testament. In Fact, There’s A Whole Book Written About Them…” Well, this week’s blog is about The 5 Women Who Changed The Nation Of Israel And Christianity. Women have been vitally crucial in the ongoing of the human race, and although very few men have some of these qualities, they can never possess all the qualities of a woman.
In fact, the 5 women that I am speaking about is in Exodus, the second book in the Holy Bible. Their story starts at the beginning of history, just a few generations past Adam and Eve, Noah and the flood, Abraham and Sarah. My pastor began the St. Patrick’s Day message (although you would have a hard time connecting the two because it is not what he through the Holy Spirit was concentrating on). Rather, it was on God’s Plan Might Include Suffering. He is taking the church through Exodus, and it was through this that I came up with The 5 Women Who Change The Nation Of Israel And Christianity.
Warning! Some thinking is required. The story of Exodus for the Israeli people (exit out of slavery to the Egyptians and their hierarchy) begins in chapter 1, verses 15-22 when the Hebrew midwives received an order from the king of Egypt, called Pharoah.
Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one who was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birth stool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. So the king of Egypt called the midwives and he said to them, “Why have you done this and let the male children live?” The midwives said to Pharoah, “Because the Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. And because the midwives feared God, He gave them families. Then Pharoah commanded all his people, “Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast him into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live. (ESV)
Then in the next chapter stood Moses’ mother, his sister (Miriam), and Pharoah’s daughter (one of the many instances where God uses unlikely women to change the course of Biblical history). And it is recorded in chapter 2:1-10:
Now a man from the house of Levi came down and took as his wife a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of brushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. And his sister (Miriam) stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. Now the daughter of Pharoah came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She (Pharoah’s daughter) saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him, and said, ” This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” Then his sister (Miriam) said to Pharoah’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” And Pharoah’s daughter said, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. And Pharoah’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman (Moses and Miriam’s mother) took the child away and nursed him. When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharoah’s daughter and became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.” (ESV)
Wow! This happened in the first two chapters of Exodus! God is amazing because there was ample opportunity on both sides for things to go awry. Yet, the story of the Exodus from Egypt gets its beginning starting here. If it was not for those two midwives who most likely made up the valid excuse that the Hebrew women had already delivered by the time they got there (with a little dig about the Egyptian women that they weren’t a “vigorous” as the Hebrew women); if it wasn’t for Moses’ mother hiding him for three months until she could no longer hide him; if it wasn’t for Miriam (Moses’ older sister) making pretend she was one of the Pharoah’s daughter’s servants to get her baby brother rescued and brought back to the Israeli camp; if it wasn’t for Pharoah’s daughter who had compassion on the Hebrew baby, eventually called Moses things would have been totally different.
You would have no parting of the Red Sea; no climbing up to see God on Mount Sinai to have the instructions written down by God Himself, and many other miracles that God performed through the life of Moses. If it weren’t for The 5 Women Who Changed The Nation of Israel And Christianity, we would have no King David, King Solomon, all the way down through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ laid His life down on the old bloody cross only for God the Father to pick Him up after three days. The people in the world are trying to disprove that bodily resurrection never took place, but not us True Life Christians. No, we are for sure that Jesus Christ rose from the grave, and He is with us through His Holy Spirit which comes upon us as soon as each one makes a commitment in their soul to believe. If you want proof, then just take a look at John 3:16-21.