Sunday, September 13, 2015

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Women : Pioneers in The Freedom Struggle
Ex 1: 15-22
Mrs. Bindu Scaria   w/o Rev. Abraham Scaria
Chicago MTC
 

17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”

 
“Freedom is not free”, the great words  engraved on one of the walls at Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington D.C., was coined by Colonel Walter Hitchcock. It is a hard truth and reality.  Let it be any sort of freedom, whether it be a nation’s struggle, communities’ or personal.  Struggle for freedom calls for giving up  many important or valuable things in our life: time, money, family and even our life.
Recently, India celebrated its 69th Independence Day.  It is a time when we recollect the sacrifices of our freedom fighter.  In our history books, we read about the sacrifices of great leaders like Bhagat Singh, Mahatma Gandhi, Rani Laxmi bai, Sardar Patel etc. but there are many more thousands who sacrificed for the freedom but are unnoticed.  There are many persons whom we consider as insignificant but their contributions are very significant.
In the above Bible portion, we see the courage of two such insignificant women: Shiphrah and Puah, midwives of Egypt who took a very significant role which led to the freedom of Israelites. These two women were the pioneers in freedom for Israelites.  We find, both these women had the fear of the Lord (v.17).  It is the fear and reverence towards God that gave the sensitivity of right from wrong.  They had the wisdom to differentiate.  When they got that discernment, they responded. The thought led them to act.  For just as the body, without the spirit, is dead, so also faith without works is dead. (James 2:26)  They had the courage to stand against the decree, which was declared by the most powerful person of the land. They stood for justice and did not fear the consequences.  They feared the Lord Almighty and they never thought of the consequences. When we read further, we see that this action of theirs brought the impact after eighty long years. They spared Moses’s life who was the person who gave freedom for Israelites from the bondage.  Moses was eighty years when he came back to Egypt as a leader to liberate his people.
There are many unscrupulous things happening in and around us. Sometimes we don’t have the discernment to understand it, or even if we have, we may lack the courage to stand against it.  Fear of the Lord gives us the understanding to differentiate between right and wrong and gives us courage to stand for the right.

PRAYER

Lord, instil in me the fear towards the Almighty and give me the discernment of right from wrong, give me the courage to stand for justice and help me to be a part of the freedom struggle for people under bondage.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
 
Freedom is only for God fearing and courageous people.