Paraoh’s Wicked Decree
“From now on,” Paraoh commanded Shifra and Puah, “whenever a Jewish boy is born, kill him. That’s an order!”
Paraoh did not have a doubt that the midwives would follow his orders. But Shifra and Puah knew that obeying HaShem was far more important, so they completely ignored Paraoh’s command. Not only did they not kill the babies, but these wonderful women fed them nourishing food and refreshing water.
It didn’t take long for Paraoh to find this out and he called Shifra and Puah back to the palace. “I demand an explanation,” he shouted. “What is going on here?! I understand that there are more Jewish boys being born – more than ever before!”
Shifra explained, “Your Majesty, the Jewish women give birth quickly and easily, similar to animals in the wild. By the time we get there, the babies have already been born.”
“Unbelievable!” he uttered with dismay. “Out of my palace, you incompetent, useless, ungrateful, babbling, nincompoops! NOW!”
Paraoh immediately took action and was busy planning the FINAL SOLUTION for the Jewish problem.