Exodus 1 to 4 Today’s world is focused on women rising in the workforce, in politics, and in a matriarchal society while men abandon their role. How ironic it is then that God elevates women in the first part of this historical record of preserving His people until the appointed time for the “deliverer” is needed to lead them. God has a Plan A and even a Plan B and so on when the usurper seeks to destroy His chosen people.
Take for example the two midwives under Pharaoh who disobey and save the male babies and God blesses them. They cleverly came up with an excuse as to why they saved these children; the Hebrew women give birth faster. It seems that the Pharaoh, although incensed that his Plan A failed, accepted their excuse and God blessed them because they feared Him more than the earthly king.
Then there is the mother of Moses who also feared God and designed a reed basket to hide her son in the bulrushes. Her instincts were right, the daughter of Pharaoh’s heart would be touched by an infant’s cry and thus Moses was saved, raised and educated in an Egyptian palace. Not only was Moses saved but his mother was paid out of the royal treasury to care for him.
And then there is Zipporah, the wife of Moses who was used by God to circumcise his sons when he failed.
Moses, as the author of Exodus, includes these three women to show us that real people in real circumstances can live a godly life in the midst of an evil and perverse nation. God protects, provides and blesses those who fear Him: “The fear of man is a snare but he whoever trusts in the Lord will be safe.” [Prov 29:25] God has placed people—both men and women to be a part of his plan to raise His people. God wants to use you. Are you open to His plan A or B or C or ????