The Faith Of Moses

24 It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.
25 He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.
26 He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward.
Hebrews 11:24-26 (NLT)

Welcome to the seventeenth installment on my study of faith from Hebrews 11. This time we will look at Moses’ life in faith. Let us go through a brief history of Moses birth. Moses was born in an environment where his race was facing the threat of extinction. They lived under the rule of a hostile government that enslaved them and seek to drive them into extinction. The king wanted to kill all the male babies. Unfortunately for Moses he was born as a baby boy when this policy was in place. In other words, Moses was born with a death sentence on him.

However, God has other plan for his life and the plan did not include his death. After he was born, his family chose to hide him because they did not want him to die. When they could not hide him any longer, they put him in a waterproof basket and let him drift along the river, hoping that someone downstream would pick him up. God arranged for a princess to be in the right place at the right time to find the baby and picked him up from the river. At that time Moses’ “fate” had changed from a fugitive (his crime was being born as a Hebrew boy) into a member of Egyptian loyalty.

This tells us that our God is more than capable to turn our negative situation around. No matter how bad you think your situation is, God can change it suddenly. He can change your sickness into health, your lack into abundance, your depression into joy and your failure into success. All we have to do is to believe and not to allow fear to dominate our hearts.

Let us move on with the story. Not only had God changed Moses’ standard of life, he got his biological mother to take care of him. The princess who adopted Moses had hired his own mother to taker care of him. This is like getting paid to be a parent. So Moses grew up in the luxurious environment of the Egyptian loyalty and at the same time knew of his own identity from his own mother. His mother must have taught him of his ancestry and the Covenant Of Abraham. Mummy (the human type) must have told him of God’s will for him. He had a choice. Will he choose to continue to live in the luxury that he was raised in? Or will he forsake them to obey God and risk to lose not only his luxuries but his life?

Hebrews 11:24-26 tells us through faith, Moses made the decision that seemed illogical for most people. He refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward. In other words, his decision was clear. He was willing to sacrifice the treasures of Egypt that looked good at the moment for the sake of his great reward from God.

Please note that Hebrews 11:24-26 does not say riches are sin or evil. It is the greatest wish of our God for us to prosper and be in health as our souls prosper. However, not every riches is from God. For example, obtaining riches through illegal activities is not God’s way for our prosperity. Doing illegal things like dealing in illegal drugs, prostitution and gambling may give you a lot of money but this money is the equivalent of “the treasures of Egypt”. God calls them “fleeting pleasures of sin” because they will not give us true fulfillment. The only way to achieve prosperity is God’s way.

Let us go through the verses in detail. Hebrews 11:25 says Moses chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. Sometimes it may not be fun to proclaim our faith especially when we know that people who have the same faith are being oppressed. Presently, it is more “acceptable” for christians to be religious than to be in faith. Preachers who preach faith are being persecuted but religious preachers are being glorified. Yet, God still wants us to live in faith and not religion. Do you know why? The next verse tells us the answer.

26 He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward.
Hebrews 11: 26 (NLT)

We may be suffering right now for the sake of Christ from the persecution of the religious groups but we need to remind ourselves that our reward is great. The “treasures of Egypt” that we can get by allowing ourselves to be under the bondage of religion is nothing compared to the great reward from God as long as we do not allow our faith to falter. As we learn from earlier verse in Hebrews 11, it is impossible to please God without faith. God wants us to live in faith. It is through faith that we can have access to the resources of God to overcome every trial and temptation we can ever face. It is through faith that we can live the lives that God wants us to live.

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