Heroines in Egypt
Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives
In the first few chapters of Exodus, women
Instead, the first stories of Exodus say that exactly the opposite occurred, with a little humor added to show how the women defeated Pharaoh. The midwives were responsible for saving the boy babies, and when Pharaoh confronted them, they insulted him by saying that the Hebrew women were stronger than Egyptians and gave birth on their own.
Similarly, Moses' mother and sister saved his life by putting him in the Nile where Pharaoh's daughter would see him and want to rescue him. Not only was Moses' life saved, but Pharaoh's own family defeated him, and Moses' mother even got paid to nurse him! An ancient listener would have laughed at how God had used the weak to defeat the strong, and seen that God was the one ultimately coming to the rescue of his people.
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