The Hebrew Midwives
The Hebrew Midwives.
The word of Pharaoh was Law & he “spake” unto the Hebrew Midwives, — now a policy is introduced that, through the death of the male seed, would ultimately lead to the demise of the holy nation & victory for the serpent power.
But just as when Noah entered the ark to keep seed alive — so God had raised up two faithful Hebrew Midwives to “keep seed alive” in Israel.
Why are only two mentioned? — were these just the “chief midwives” — some think they were Egyptians,
But they have Hebrew names & were placed over the Hebrew women & thus termed “Hebrew midwives” — how could they be expected to kill Hebrew children? — if they were Egyptians why would they be described as “faithful & God-fearing” & why would Egyptians be Midwives to the Hebrews.
We don’t know the name of Pharaoh but the names of these two faithful midwives are recorded. — their names are Hebrew names,
Thus they were Hebrews, ones who had “crossed over” — just as we are spiritual Hebrews, ones who have crossed over to serve God.
There are a number of interesting features recorded concerning the Midwives & their work, — here we have a little cameo of the work of the faithful ecclesia in Egypt — these Midwives manifested light & life in the midst of darkness & death. — so must the Ecclesia of God.
1] Names are recorded.
Exo 1:15 And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:
Shiphrah = brightness. — Rt shaphar to glisten. ISBD = “fairness” or “beauty”
Puah =Â brilliancy, splendid.
So their names speak of light & their work was to preserve life.
The Lord Jesus Christ was also “light & life”
He was the “light of the world” [ John 8:12]
He is “The way, the truth & the life” [John 14:6]
Their names then speak to us of those who manifest the glory of God, — they manifested light & not the darkness of Egypt. —- they preserved the life of those under sentence of death.
We have been called B&S to the work of the Hebrew Midwives to manifest the light of the glory of God, — we have to cast off the works of darkness & put on the armour of light.
That was the challenged to Job.
Job 40:10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency;, and array thyself with glory and beauty.
The garments of Aaron & his sons were for Glory & beauty Exo 28:2 .Exo 28:40
So the names of the midwives speak of the divine attribute of brightness, glory, & beauty — they were lights in Egyptian darkness & we are called to manifest the light of the Truth.
Phil 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
2] We notice they feared God, & they refused the Kings command:
Exo 1:17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
They were faithful & “feared God” — the time of the promise had come, if all male children were slain how could Israel survive & be delivered?
But they were not the only ones who “feared God — Moses parents “were not afraid of the kings commandment”
Heb 11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
These midwives were God-fearing & refused to keep the commands of King sin,
Solomon conclusion was that the whole man was one who “feared God & kept his commandments.
Eccle 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole [ duty ] of man.
The Hebrew midwives feared God & kept his commands & refused the King commandment.
They are we believe typical of the faithful Ecclesia of God.
3] The work of the Midwives was to bring new life into the world.
Thus they are typical of the ecclesia of God that holds forth & teaches the word of Life to those who ask of the hope within them, — So saving the life of those who under the law of King sin are subject to death.
The Heb for Midwife Â is “yalad” H3205, it means “to bear young”
So we read they “saved the men children alive”
Hebrew women wereÂ not as the Egyptians they were “lively”
Exo 1:19 The Hebrew women were “lively” = “chayeh” [ only time this word is used] = vigorous RT chayah = to live
ROTHÂ “full of life”
So the ecclesia, the bride of Christ is “full of life” —- it comprises those who in Baptism have risen to a new life in Christ.
Rom 6:4 ” in newness of life”
Notice it was the SONS that were to be targeted, — not the daughters. —- So the type was fulfilled in Christ day when
Mat 2:13 Herod sought the young child to destroy him.
AS in the time of Moses it was all the male children that were to die.
Mat 2:16 “slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under,”
A better translation Is
YLT, Roth, ERV & many other say “he slew all the male children”
Once more we see the continual warfare, — The conflict of Gen 3:15 between the “seed of woman” & “the seed of the serpent” — Firstly as Pharaoh & then Herod sought to destroy the promised seed.
4] God made them houses
Exo 1:21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.
God didn’t build them a house to live in, — The sense of the word house used here & in other places is of building “families” — The midwives were to be blessed with children & their family was to increases in Israel. — The blessing of the Midwives is very similar to the promise to David that God would build him a house, — that his posterity would sit upon the throne of Israel.
2 Sam 7:11 Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house. [ 27 ]
Therefore their posterity was to continue & increase, — once again we see a type of the faithful ecclesia of God, — The house of the living God, the pillar & ground of the truth..
So these two faithful, God-fearing midwives are typical of the faithful of all ages, Jews & Gentiles in the Ecclesia of God, who though living in the world of Egyptian darkness, have manifested light & brought new life to those under sentence of death. — they have preserved life in a world of sin & death.
Their names spoke of light, they feared God & kept his commandments, not the commands of Pharaoh, — saved the life of the seed of Israel, they ministered to the Hebrew women who were full of life, & God made them houses.
Do we manifest light, Do we fear God & keep his commandments, do we hold forth the word of life & nourish those who are “full of life”
God has made us a house in the ecclesia of God, — Let us look to the example of the Hebrew Midwives.
So even before we consider Moses & his parents we see there was a faithful witness in Israel.
From among that faithful ecclesia God choose Amram & Jochebed to bring forth a son who would deliver his people.