17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”
19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”
20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own. (New Living Translation)
Against the Pharoah’s orders, the midwives spared the lives of the Hebrew babies. Their faith in God gave them the courage to take a stand for they knew was right.
In this situation, disobeying the authority was proper. God does not expect us obey those in authority when they ask us us to disobey him or his Word.
The Bible is filled with examples of those who were willing to sacrifice their very lives in order to obey God or save the lives of others. Esther and Mordichai, and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are some of the people who took a bold stand for what was right.
Whole nations can be caught up in immorality (racial hatred, slavery, prison cruelty), but following the majority or the authority is not always right. When we are ordered to act in disobedience to God’s Word, we must take a stand to obey God rather than man.
Did God bless the Hebrew midwives for lying to Pharoah? God blessed them for not becuase they lied, but because they saved the live innocent children.
This doesn’t mean that a lie was necessarily the best way to answer the Pharoah.
The midwives were blessed, however, for not violating the higher law of God which forbids the senseless slaughter of innocent lives