Shiphrah and Puah

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Formed in the Secret Place

I want to write you a story.  This story begins with a group of people who were blessed by God and began to multiply with children, family, worship, and praise.  When the world looks onto God’s blessings, fear rises in the hearts of men.  When man’s greed for power consumes him, stopping at nothing including death, bondage and suffrage to achieve his desire, man will do anything for his pride, power and control.

 “The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.” (Psalm 12:8).

“Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died,  but the Israelites were fruitful and multiplied greatly and became exceedingly numerous, so that the land was filled with them.  Then the new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt.  ‘Look’, he said to his people,  ‘the Israelites have become much too numerous for us.  Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.’

So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.  But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread;  so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly.  They made their lives bitter with hard labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their hard labor the Egyptians used them ruthlessly.

The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives,  whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,  ‘When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him;  but if it is a girl, let her live.’  The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do;  they let the boys live.  Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them ‘Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?’

The midwives answered Pharaoh, ‘Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.’ So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.” (Exodus 1:8-21)

No matter what man’s heart says, the Bible says and God says we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).

The Word of the Living God says,  “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139: 13-16).

I love this Psalm, for I am hand made, hand knitted together and formed by the very hands of God. I have a purpose and a plan, for the Lord has ordained my life for me.  So when man attempts to tell me I am here by some random chance, making a “life” a “person” ordinary, unimportant and disposable;  my spirit sings to the Lord and I declare,  “How precious to me are the thoughts of God! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.  When I awake, I am still with you.” (Psalm 139:17-18).

I am a well thought out, purposefully made, no one like me, fingerprinted unique and picked for this time and this season woman. God is amazing!

If we come to think of man as wonderfully made, formed by the hands of God, or become as Shiphrah and Puah,  fearing the Lord, “embryos”,  children, babies, infants or people have a different meaning.  If we start our thinking by the Word of God, as these midwives did, there would be more children in the world.

My heart aches for the midwives, doctors or specialists who encourage the “Pharaoh” mentality.  If the baby does not suit your needs, you became “accidently” pregnant or if the timing isn’t right, the consequences can be easily disposed of.  How sad and heartbreaking is that thought?

What a beautiful job you have if the Lord has given you the gifts and talents to be an obstetrician, midwife or nurse.  The desire you have to bring out the life from the “secret place” were in only nine months, a person is formed, can be thought of as nothing short of a miracle.  What a blessing you are to society, mothers, families and the baby coming in to the world.  You truly have a gift.  My prayer is that gift is used for God’s purposes and not man’s desires.

Life is precious, beautiful and exciting.  God has given woman the gift of forming a life in her womb.  If we sit long enough to think exactly what is happening, the growth, the formation, the purpose this child has, the short amount of time for development, the milestones of everything forming to make the body work is a miracle!  All the intricate components of the heart beat, eyes to see, hears to hear, the nerves to feel and receive touch and the brain to process it all is amazing!  And some believe this is all by random chance or accident?  My sister, if you believe life is that worthless, that disposable, and that random with no meaning but all by chance, you are truly deceived.

If your heart desires to know more, to seek the Truth about life, where we come from, how it all started, then I encourage you to pray.  Ask the Lord to show you any deception, where has the world crept into your thoughts or spirit?  Does your belief come from a reverential fear of the Lord, knowing you are wonderfully made, or man’s agenda for what he wants?  My heart’s desire is for women to think; to think how beautiful, how marvelous our bodies are and be amazed at the capability God gave us to bring life in to this world never taking that capability for granted or misusing our body for fear of what people will say.

I love these midwives feared the Lord and he blessed them.  Jesus says in the Gospel of Matthew, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)  We are not to fear man, but fear the one who destroys both our body and spirit.  The midwives may have feared Pharaoh, but they feared the Lord more.  I pray you are not easily swayed by this world’s ways, for the world’s rules always have some agenda to benefit a “Pharaoh”.

If God has given you the opportunity to promote life, then I pray you use this platform, gift, and job to fulfill that call on your life. Encourage these young women, each are a child of the Most High, a gift from above, special, unique and so is their child they carry. I pray this encourages you, makes you think about your own purpose and your life.  Do you believe God formed you to be you?

Pray the Prayer for Midwives, OBGYN on the Prayer Page.  The full teaching is available on our Resource Page; One a Day; 30 Days of Prayer with the Women of the Bible, Book 2




  1. catherine lichtenberger

    This reminds me of hitler and Corrie Ten Boom. Even though I don’t know the psychopath that hitler was in my mind’s eye I think he saw how powerful and blessed the Jews were and got it into his head that they must be stopped. He believed the lie of the enemy and ran with it. On the opposite spectrum here was a family that valued life and loved the Jews because God loved them. Hid them and protected them as long as possible. Suffered for it and some even died because of it yet the ones that lived tell their story of how they were hidden from evil and spared from death all because of love of God’s people.

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