It’s Passover and my friend Sheri invited me to speak at a seder at her synagogue. She thought there was a great tie-in between the slavery of the Jews 3,500 years ago and one of the forms of slavery that’s happening today—child trafficking.
I loved the idea—and was amazed I never saw the connection myself. I love Passover (and yes I’m Christian; I think all Christians should celebrate Passover since it’s in our Bible, too) and the tie-in Sheri suggested made so much sense to me.
When I reread the story in the Bible to prepare for what I was going to say, I didn’t get more than a few verses before I was struck by the role of women in the story:
- The midwives who refused to kill the newborn Jewish boys
- Moses’ mother who hid him in a basket and sent him down the river
- Moses’ sister, Miriam, who watched to see where her brother would go
- Pharoah’s daughter who spotted the basket, rescued the baby, and raised Moses
Sure, years later God used Moses to free his people, but He also used women.
Interestingly, the seder that Sheri invited me to speak at was for women—130 of them. And guess what they were focusing on? Yup, the role of women in the story. From the midwives to Miriam, they were all right there.
What awesome confirmation.
When I spoke, I told the women about the modern-day slavery happening in their own neighborhoods, malls, and middle schools. Children were being trafficked within a few miles of where we were meeting (like this arrest and conviction a few days ago, and these arrests a few months ago).
I told them my standard line (thanks, @MichelleVan) that I’m trying to work myself out of a job. I don’t want to be fighting trafficking for the rest of my life.
I told them that Passover is the story of how the God of justice will go to miraculous, ridiculous, audacious lengths to free people from injustice.
If He did it then, He does it now. And if He used women to do it then, He uses women to do it now.
So if you're a woman, go partner with the God of justice who is still in the business of freeing slaves.