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July 2

Exodus 1, 18 – 19

Something to read

So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, ‘Why have you done this, and allowed the boys to live?’ The midwives said to Pharaoh, ‘Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.'

Something to think about

These brave midwives get away with their actions. Their answer about the health of the Hebrews was accepted and not tested.

What prompted this decision? Did the Pharaoh for a moment in time see an economic advantage in a larger workforce? He was, after all, getting his building projects completed. Did he think that maybe the threat wasn’t as great as it seemed at first? The taskmasters were in place to keep these people under their control.  

Another possibility is that he saw a determination in the midwives to keep faith with their God, no matter what the personal cost.

Something to do

Land-hungry corporations and powerful people in Cambodia are threatening to take over land and resources that hundreds of thousands of poor rural households depend on for survival. Read about how some communities are challenging those corporations.

Something to pray

Pray for all despotic rulers and governments everywhere, that they will always listen to their own conscience and to their people when they cry out for justice and freedom.  

Today’s contributors are the Rev Michael Jackson, a retired URC minister, and his son Andy Jackson, Digital Content Manager for Christian Aid


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