Read Exodus 1
The Exodus narrative begins with a change in seasons, from a time of blessing and increase to a time of slavery and trial. “Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.” (vs. 8)
In this season of transition we see a minority group who held the power began to fear the larger constituents of the land. (vs. 10) Driven by this fear they began to enslave, persecute and murder those under their trust. Does this plot sound familiar? Is the Exodus story simply for them back then, or are we seeing a modern day inaction of this very thing in our time, in our country?
“When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” (vs. 16)
When seasons change and tyranny becomes commonplace and the monuments of a nation are erased paving the way for a new cultural narrative, one in which the powerful control the memory of the culture, what do you do?
“And so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided households (provision/protection) for them.” (vs. 21)
Exodus illustrates to us the heart of the Divine which is for the poor, oppressed, marginalized. Once connected to this heartbeat, we can’t stay silent.
God, I pray for courage in this transitional season to stay true to your heart for humanity, and not lose hope but be catalyst of hope in the world.
— Christian Trent