Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”?(1 Corinthians 1:27-28, MSG)
Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.(1 Corinthians 1:27, NLT)
The Pharaoh that knew Joseph and all that he did for the land of Egypt was dead. There was a new Pharaoh in town that didn’t know about Joseph and didn’t care to know. When this new Pharaoh looked at the children of Israel living on his land, all he saw was a rapidly expanding people who would soon be strong enough to depose the dynasty of the Pharaohs and claim the land for themselves.
Like Adam and Eve before him, this new Pharaoh decided to define “good” and “evil” on his own terms. He decided the “good” thing to do would be to suppress and eventually destroy these people God had chosen for Himself.
Pharaoh may not have known it, but his attempts to destroy the people of God was a move by the “Serpent” of Eden to check whatever God was trying to do through the people of Israel – the raising up of the “Wounded Victor” God promised to send for man’s salvation and eternal deliverance from sin (Genesis 3:15). It’s the same thing Herod tried to do (Matthew 2:16). The devil did not know exactly what God was doing, but he sure did all his best to spoil it, “SKD” style (John 10:10).
All of Pharaoh’s attempts to subjugate the expansion of the people of God ended in failure (no surprises there). What was a bit surprising is how He did it in two instances.
The first was when he asked the two Hebrew Matrons to kill of any male children born to the Hebrew women. The ancient Egyptian system of government was not a democracy. These two women could have easily lost their lives by being disobedient to Pharaoh, however draconian his orders may have been, but they chose not to and they found a way to do so whilst keeping their heads on their necks. The Bible records that God blessed and established houses for these women because of their acts (Exodus 1:15-21).
The second instance was with Moses’ mother, Jochebed. After the midwives failed him, Pharaoh commanded that his people seize every new born male child and drown them in the Nile. Hebrews 11:23 calls Jochebed a woman of Faith because she chose to hide her child. When she could no longer hide him, she chose to trust God with her son.
Because of her faith, what was the medium of destruction for many a Hebrew male child that period became a vehicle of deliverance for her son. It may have seemed a foolish thing to do then (or at least, I would have thought it a foolish thing), but I Corinthians 1:27 makes us understand exactly what was going on.
God used the seemingly weak, powerless and foolish things of the Egyptian society to confound the might of Pharaoh. And that was just the beginning.
Dear believer, you’re not too small for God to use you. As weak and inconsequential women may have been in the patriarchal times of the Bible, God found mighty uses for them. Find your purpose in God’s plan, say “Yes” to His leading and watch Him perform His wonders through you.
Also, like Jochebed, don’t be afraid to give it all to the Lordship of Jesus.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.(Matthew 16:24-25, KJV)
Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how.(Matthew 16:24, MSG)