Jen Wilkin encouraged women to be fearless in their advocacy on behalf of others and to fear the Lord above all else during this year’s Women’s Leadership Breakfast June 13 in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting.
Teaching from Exodus 1:15-22, the author and Bible teacher encouraged women to fear the Lord and to stand up for their sisters in Christ who need advocacy. More than 200 women attended the event.
“I pray that this will be a room full of women who will speak on behalf of your sisters with fearlessness,” she said.
Referencing the first of the 10 commandments, Wilkin said she believes this is the first commandment because “it is an invitation not just to avoid idolatry; it is actually an invitation into reality.”
Wilkin, a member of the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, explained that the opposite of the fear of the Lord is the fear of man.
She read the story of Shiphrah and Puah, two Hebrew midwives who chose to deliver Moses regardless of the command they were given by Pharaoh to kill all Hebrew males during the birthing process.
Wilkin explained that these Hebrew women feared God more than the threat of death by Pharaoh. Wilkin also pointed out that even though the passage shows that the women lied to Pharaoh about why the babies were not killed, the Lord did not condemn them. But instead, she said, He rewarded them for protecting life.
“These women understood that you do not give the truth to someone to whom it is not due,” Wilkin said. “They understood that when faced with the question of speaking the truth in its most simple sense or protecting life that every time you protect life.”
Pharaoh didn’t think daughters could affect the course of a nation, but he was wrong, Wilkin noted.
“Israel’s first deliverer is not Moses. It is actually women. There would be no Moses without their bravery.”
“They understood that she is no slave to fear who fears the Lord,” Wilkin said of Shiphrah and Puah. She added that numerous other women throughout Scripture exemplify such fear of God including, Sarah, Rahab, Deborah, Ruth, Esther, Hannah and Mary, the mother of Jesus.
“The Bible is filled with the stories of fearless female deliverers and I propose to you that we join the ranks,” Wilkin said.
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Source: Baptist Press