23 It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command.
Hebrews 11:23 (NLT)
Welcome to the sixteenth installment on my study of faith from Hebrews 11. Until now, we have read about the faith of many people in the Bible. This time God wants us to look at the people who have often been neglected by many of us. They are the parents of Moses.
Let us go through the background at the time when Moses was born. When the Israelites first migrated to Egypt, they were just a family group with some servants. They were the VIPs there because they were the family members of Joseph. Joseph was the one running the whole country and he was remembered for transforming an ordinary country to the most powerful nation in the region through the monopoly of food in the time of famine. So, the whole family was naturally seen as the upper class in the Egyptian society.
However, as generations passed, the family grew into a huge population and the subsequent Pharaohs had no memory of Joseph’s role in their history. The Pharaoh started to consider the Israelites as a threat to his kingdom. So he enslaved them to keep these people in control, hoping that their numbers might shrink. Unfortunately for him, the population of the Israelites kept growing. At last, the Pharaoh had decided to be extreme, he wanted to kill all the baby boys.
15 Then Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, gave this order to the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah:
16 “When you help the Hebrew women as they give birth, watch as they deliver. If the baby is a boy, kill him; if it is a girl, let her live.”
Exodus 1:15-16 (NLT)
Personally I find this policy to be really dumb. If you want to reduce their population, you should kill the girls, not boys. Why? Consider this, one man and five women can produce more babies than five men and one woman. Furthermore, why not just kill the adults, especially those who are capable of reproducing? The more I think of these, the more I am convinced that God must have a hand in this. He must have been planning for Moses future. The subsequent verses in Exodus confirm that.
This tells us that no matter what situation you are in right now, God is working behind the scenes. He is preparing your future for you. So, don’t be despair just because the situation does not look right. Build up your faith and get ready for the great prosperity God is preparing for you.
Hebrews 11:23 tells us that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They were taking a huge risk for not throwing Moses into the river. If they were caught, the whole family could be in trouble. They could have obeyed the Vulcan’s creed that says, “The Need Of Many Outweighs The Need Of Few.” Hebrews 11:23 attribute that to their faith. The second part of the verse says they saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command.
There are 2 key words here: “unusual” and “not afraid”. Moses was unusual from birth. Somehow this gave the parents faith to have courage to keep him alive regardless of the risk. They had no fear of the evil king because of their faith. Their faith became a part of God’s plan to deliver Israel. If it were not for their faith, the deliverer of Israel that God sent would have died before he could fulfill his role. No wonder God chose to honor them in Hebrews 11:23.
As Christians, we too are unusual because we are born of God. We belong to a new species, God’s species. We are not meant to be just like the rest of the world. We are set apart by God for greater things he has planned for us. We are destined for greatness. We do not have to behave like the rest of the world. When there is a recession, many people will start to fear losing their jobs but we don’t because the source of our prosperity is God, not the economy. When there is a plague, we don’t have to be afraid of being infected because we believe Jesus had taken all our disease at the Cross. The plague that is ravaging the neighborhood has no right to oppress us. This gives us courage to face the future. No matter what it looks like, we do not have to be afraid of it.
Like Moses’ parents, our faith could have much larger consequence than we can ever dream of. What could it be? I don’t know but it will be great.