Hebrews 11:23-29, “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.  By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.  By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.  By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.  By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.

Moses.  Born of the family of Levi, one of the 12 sons of Jacob (Israel).  Moses had a very complicated life that had its ups and downs.  The major theme was his faith in God.  His faith is what got him through.

Moses’ life started amid immense turmoil.  The Israelite people were in slavery and ruled by Egypt and a terrible pharaoh.  This pharaoh was concerned about population control within the ranks of the people of Israel.  In order to stop it, he ordered all the baby boys be killed and all the baby girls be saved.  This led to Moses being hid away by his parents for 3 months until he could be hidden no longer and floated down a river to avoid him being killed like all the other boys were.  His parents knew he was special and were not afraid of the pharaoh’s command.  They had faith in God that Moses would be protected.

Moses was adopted by the pharaoh’s daughter and raised as an Egyptian.  He was afforded all the nicest of things from his adopted family while his family were suffering, beaten and overworked.  Moses finally reached an age where he no longer wished to be raised as an Egyptian.  He chose to run away.  He chose the people of Israel over the people who raised him.  He chose God over all the riches of Egypt.  He saw the riches in God for the next life and saw that they were more than the world.

Moses left pharaoh who was a mere king for the King of Kings.  Moses chose to serve the invisible God over a visible man.  Though the pharaoh had a lot of power and control, his power and control was no match to God’s.  Though pharaoh would try to eliminate the people of Israel, he would be unsuccessful.

Through the process of getting the people of Israel of Egypt, Moses and his brother Aaron were pushing the pharaoh to release everyone.  There were 10 plagues that God put the Egyptians through.  The last one was the death of all first-borns except for the people who put blood on their doorposts.  This is known as Passover.  Passover referring to God “passing over” the home where the blood was and not killing the firstborn of that house.  Only the people of Israel got the message to put the blood on the doorway.

Once the pharaoh finally released the Israel people, they headed toward the Red Sea.  Pharaoh and his whole army had regrets about releasing their slaves and chased after them.  God performed a miracle in parting the sea so that the people of Israel could walk on dry land.  When the Egyptians tried to follow, the sea collapsed on them and they all drowned and died.

Moses would go on to lead the people through the wilderness to the promised land.  He would receive the Ten Commandments.  He would not be allowed in the promised land because of disobedience but for the most part, Moses was faithful.  He trusted God.  His faith was strong.  This is why he is mentioned in Hebrews 11.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for Moses.  Thank You for showing us this marvelous example of faith.  Yes, this man had his low points.  He had his failures.  Don’t we all?  Let us all learn from him, Lord.  Let us, more importantly, learn from You.  I pray that we gain knowledge from Moses and apply it to our lives.  I pray that we learn to have more faith.  You deserve all that we can give.  You are our Lord and we are Your people.  I wish to serve You more.  I pray that all come to serve You as their Lord and Savior.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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