And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live. But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive. And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive? And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them. (Exodus 1:15-19)
Today's Morsel: I've heard some folks say, when speaking of an Apostolic church service, "My those folks are lively"; "They really get with it in that church". Shouldn't all of God's churches be lively? God's not dead, He is alive. If heaven rejoices over one sinner that repents, there must be a lot of noise up in heaven. When Pharaoh got upset with the Hebrew midwives because the Hebrew babies were being born alive, they told him, "Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them." They were saying that the Hebrew women, which represent the church, the mother of us all, were more lively than the Egyptian women. They are more lively than the women of the world, because they were God's chosen and they had strength to bring forth. When the religious leaders told Jesus to command His disciple to be a little quieter (my wording), Jesus responded that if these held their peace the rocks were going to cry out. I believe Jesus was referring to the Gentiles once they became grafted in. Peter, who was given the keys to the Kingdom wrote, "If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 2:3-5). Notice, he said that Jesus was a living stone. Therefore, he said that we should be lively stones because we are built upon a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. "For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name" (Hebrews 13:14-15). We should all be lively and get-with it in our worship to the Lord.
Sing: Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noon time; Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him when the sun goes down.
Thought for Today: With joy shall you draw waters out of the wells of salvation.