By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. Hebrews 11: 24- 26. (NKJV)
In every story, real or fictional, a character heightens your interest more than all the others. It may be the central character or a supporting cast member, but that role resonated with you.
My favourite character in the Hall of Faith is Moses. The things Yahweh asked Moses to do are just outright impossible and borderline ridiculous with man. Here are a few examples:
Moses, when you go before the powerful Egyptian Monarch to instruct the release of the slaves, throw your rod down, and it will become a serpent. Then, take it up by the tail, and it will return to A rod. This will be evidence that I’m with you.
Here’s another: an angel will pass through the country and kill the firstborn of every human and beast. But Moses, you and the people, you can use hyssop to sprinkle the spilled blood of the requisite Lamb on the doorpost of the dwelling, and you’ll survive the angel of death.
Or, a mighty angry army is pursuing the emancipated slaves, mountains are on both sides, and a raging sea lies ahead. In this situation, God said to Moses, stretch the rod over the sea, and it will part and become a path to cross through.
Or when there’s no water, strike. And on another occasion, rather speak to the rock, and the water will come from the rock for the people and flocks.
This final one: you’re bitten by venomous snakes, but if you make a bronze serpent, place it on a pole. Everyone who looks at the serpent, if they were bitten, they’ll be healed. It’s pretty dramatic if you ask me. But Moses did all these things by faith. These are the result of his first choice of faith, as chronicled in Hebrews 11: 24- 26.
“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.”
Moses chose by faith the eternal above the temporal and has left us a worthy example.
Prayer: Lord, help us like Moses to do the things that seem ridiculous and impossible to us but perfectly okay with you, and help us to value the eternal above the temporal. In Jesus’ name, amen.
By: Pastor Obed Babb