Exodus 1:15-17 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby 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.
What exactly was the king up to in this passage of scripture? We know from the previous verses, he was upset that the Israelites were becoming too numerous. He was afraid that if a war broke out, God’s people would turn on him. He wanted to preserve himself and his people, so he turned on them. The method in which he turned on them was the most disturbing – he went after the babies. Specifically, he went after the baby boys.
Now why would he do that? On the surface, it appears that his concern was reproduction. But it would be 20 years until these boys married and had babies of their own. Besides, he let the girls live. Weren’t they the ones that would someday carry the babies? Couldn’t older men take them as wives and get them pregnant? Here’s the thing – I think the king of Egypt was after more than just babies; I think he was after legacy.
Legacy. It was the boys who would someday carry on the family name. It was the young men who would build upon the trades of their fathers. It was the fathers who would someday impart the ways of the Lord to their families. It was the elders who would impart wisdom to the next generation. Legacy. If the king could eliminate the carriers of legacy, then he could eliminate God’s people altogether.
We live in a culture today, in which there is a real enemy that is standing against the legacy of God. That enemy takes on the form of political correctness and tolerance. It takes on the image of pointing fingers toward the faces of Christians, yelling “bigots!” Here’s the thing, the enemy isn’t really after universal love and acceptance. He isn’t after tolerance in the name of inclusiveness. He is after our legacy. He is commanding that the Spirit of Christ be crushed in our children and in our young adults, and even in our own hearts. But we must be like the midwives who fear God more than we fear the king. Because, our legacy is at stake. Who will take a stand against the plans of the enemy? Will you? It’s time for us to rise, church! It’s time for us to get purposeful about the legacy which we are to carry.