Fearless women (CE Harvest 1-24-09)

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Fearless

Hebrew midwives and other fearless women

15The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,16“When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.”17The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.18Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”19The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”20So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.21And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

  1. Why were the Israelites ordered to be killed?

  2. Did the midwives lie?

  3. Why was God kind to the midwives?

Boxer Rebellion (November 2, 1899 – September 7, 1901)

  • Peasant uprising caused by political dissent and fear of foreigners

  • A lot of Chinese property was destroyed and many foregigners killed

  • OMF lost the most people and had 58 adults and 21 children killed

  • Hudson Taylor refused to accept reperations because he wanted to show the “Meekness of Christ to the Chinese”

  1. Write down some of the memorable quotes that I read to you.

  2. What struck you?

  3. What would your last words be in that kind of situation?

  4. How do you feel looking at the poster of all the missionaries killed?

Women Missionaries to Waodoni, in South America

  • The Waodoni tribe was killing Shell oil workers in Equador

  • They were also being killed by government officials in retatliation

  • 5 families of missionaries went to evangelize the people

  • Most famous among them was Jim Elliot whose story is told by his wife Elizabeth

  • The men were all killed in their first attempt to reach the Waodoni

  • Their wives later went to live among the Waodoni and later reached them for Jesus

What are some of the ways that you are being brave in your life today?

How may God be calling you to be brave?

Has God ever called you to do anything dangerous? How did you react?

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