“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”.
Ex 1:15, 16 NIV
We live in an evil world. Wars are being waged and lives are being lost. Drunkenness on the roads is leading to massive loss of life. Children are being abused. Women are being raped. In many countries crime is out of control. Drug dealers peddle their wares at the behest of international syndicates and destroy the lives of thousands of mainly young people. The poor are exploited in countless ways. Numerous corrupt deals are done to sell arms to poor countries in order to keep businesses and jobs going in rich countries. Child labour is used in many parts of the world. Everywhere evil is rampant.
So bad was the situation in Egypt during the period covered by the account in Exodus that hatred for and fear of the Israelites prevailed. It led the Pharaoh to order the deaths of Israelite baby boys and instructed the midwives to carry out the mass murder. It is hard to imagine anything more cruel even in a world accustomed to hearing of horrific crimes against humanity almost every day.
Christian believers, who might be tempted to ignore the cruelty and horrors of this present age, should, in fact, keep their eyes and their ears wide open. Injustice in many forms is prevalent and Christians should be among the first to make their voices heard. They should enter public life in order to work for righteousness and justice or at least give every support to those who do.
Lord, waken the world to the massive evil on every hand.