The devil hates what God loves which means he hates mankind and every since he was cast out of heaven to the earth his primary mission has been to seek kill, and destroy. He hates man because what man represents, he is also afraid of man, and he knows that one can chase a thousands and two can put 10 thousand to flight. The devil knows that if he wants to kill the man he has to kill the manchild because if the male child grows up to be a man then he knows that he is in trouble. What the devil does is try to kill the male at birth so that the potential to grow into a man is eliminated. In this text that is exactly what he tried to do, because pharaoh could not afflict the Israelites and because God continue to prosper them he ordered to have every male child killed. How many of you know that the devil don’t have power he only has permission, and he can only do what you allow him to do. The Pharaoh put the hit out on the babies, but the fear of God caused the women to disobey the Pharaoh and save the babies, somebody say “obey God before man”! Obedience is better than sacrifice! As a believer we need to be more worried about what God says about us rather than man, but we get so caught up in what our neighbors say about us, or how they feel and what they are going to think about us till we will disregard what God says over a man. Obeying God is what is going to get us to heaven and get us through the toughest times in our lives. God is faithful and he will take care of us and provide, but obedience to God is the key. Think about the devil and his hatred towards the male child, he deceived Eve who was the world’s first mother knowing that if he could get to her seed through her then he could affect everything man that would come from her, but he had to effect Adam which was to father the sinful and corrupted men of all earth. So when Adam ate of the fruit it affected the seed of man from within, understand that just because his seed was effected God can still get the glory out of the man through his what? His obedience and praise. What did Satan do to kill the praise? First he got into the heart of Cain with the spirit of disobedience to kill his obedient brother, because he was giving honor and glory to God by being obedient. Once that evil deed had been done it started a cycle in the male gender! Satan kills what he is afraid of; he knew that if Cain was obedient to God then both he and his brother Able would be a threat to him. Fast forward to the obedience of Mary and Joseph, when given instructions by God to prepare for the birth of Jesus, Satan was so scared of the ideal and thought of the son of God being born he tried to stop it by having all the babies 2 years and younger killed in hopes that he would kill Jesus, because he hates God so much. So now rewind back to this text, so here he is afraid on the Israelites and in fear of being overtaken by them, so he ordered to have the babies killed so that they can’t reproduce and eventually they would die off. The fear of God and the obedience to cause these women to disobey Pharaoh, if any of these people in this story or the other stories would have been disobedient to God instead of the King that ruled over them, then none of us would be here now. In closing I want to say once again that obedience is better than sacrifice, if the devil is attacking you and is trying to kill you or your seed then that means that he is scared of you, because the devil only kills what he is afraid of. Amen!