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Moses, The Decision of Faith
Hebrews 11:23-29

 
Introduction

 
Life is full of choices. Decisions has to be made in every aspect of our lives, whether it’s career, life partner, jobs, where to live, choosing friends, etc., most of all, choosing Christ or not, living righteously or not. Moses is one of the great heroes of Israel who has to make difficult choices. His life story is so extraordinary that lots of books, children’s books as well as Hollywood movies were written about him, and it’s just a few proof that indeed Moses is no ordinary man or Bible hero. His faith stands out among the Hall of Famers. This passage describes both the faith of his parents and his faith. They had a faith that survived probably the most difficult situation during their time.

 
I. Moses
A. He was born in the time when the Pharaoh of Egypt had commanded that all male Israeli babies must be cast into the Nile River. His parents bravely disobeyed the King’s orders and hid him for three months. This is parental faith which greatly influenced Moses’ life and ministry. Moses’ parents were named Amram and Jochebed (Ex. 6:20). Godly parents can influence, and teach their children godliness and create an atmosphere of faith at home and be examples to their children. A home should be the first school of faith and Godliness for children.
B. By God’s grace and providence, Moses the child of a Hebrew slave was found and adopted by an Egyptian princess, the daughter of the Pharaoh himself. He was reared in the royal court as a prince of the Egyptians: “And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds” (Acts 7:22). At the same time the Lord determined that Moses should be taught in his earliest years by his own mother. This meant that he was founded in the faith of his fathers, although he was reared as an Egyptian (Ex. 2:1-10).
C. Moses’ life is divided into 3 important 40 years:
1. 40 years in the Egyptian court as a prince
2. 40 years as a shepherd in the wilderness of Midian
3. 40 years as the leader of God’s people, again in the wilderness

 
II. The Choices Moses made:
A. Forsaking worldly things.
Killing the Egyptian who is smiting a Hebrew slave (Ex. 2:12) is the first important decision he had made. He knows that there will be unfavourable consequences but he did it anyway. For me, it is the first turning point in his life. By doing it he left the good things that are is in stored for him in Egypt. It is written that “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;” (Heb. 11:24). He has the best education, son of Pharaoh’s daughter, and could have been the next Pharaoh enjoying the fame, privileges, all the luxuries and pleasures that worldly Egypt can offer. But he had forsaken them all.
B. Moses Chose to suffer with the right people
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God… (Heb. 11:25). Moses chose to be with slaves. People who have no right but to work and please their
masters. People who suffer hardships, physical abuse, maybe even mental torture. Hebrew slaves in those days have no bright future, just afflictions, miseries, and pain. However, they were God’s people, they were Mose’s people. Moses chose to be associated and identified with them. To be identified, associated, and be with God’s people is always the best choice.
C. He chose Spiritual Riches rather than the Material Riches
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt… (Heb. 11:26). Moses considered the insults received over the cause of Christ to be worth more than all the earthly treasures. The hymn writers clearly conveyed what is in their hearts by saying:
Riches I heed not or men’s empty praise
Thou my inheritance now and always.
Also:
I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold
I’d rather be His, than riches untold.
Let us not be too materialistic. We came here empty handed; we will go also empty handed. Treasures in heaven are permanent while treasures in earth are temporary.
D. He chose the Right Reward… for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. (Heb. 11:26). Respect in Greek is “apoblepo” which means to look away from everything else, i.e. intently regard. Moses eyes were fixed upon the recompense of reward. Moses’ vision was focused on the reward of serving God, rather than on the temporal wealth and luxury of Egypt. Heavenly rewards are superior than earthly rewards.

 
III. The Courage of Faith
A. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. (Heb. 11:27). “As with the other heroes of faith, Moses’ faith
sees what others cannot see.” Moses saw Christ. The One who was invisible to natural eye, was seen with the eye of faith. At the burning bush Moses met the Lord. From then, He is he become a changed man. Instead of choosing worldly pleasures, Moses chose God and God’s people. The Bibles commands us to, Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Col. 3:2). Moses chose to love and obey God who is invisible than the visible worldly things.
B. God’s people today also have to make many choices
1. We have choices to make pertaining to the will of God. We must choose whether to surrender to and seek God’s perfect will or not (Rom. 12:1-8). We must choose whether to put God and His business first or our own business first (Mat. 6:33).
2. We have choices to make pertaining to holiness vs. carnality and worldliness (Titus 2:11-14; 1 Jn. 2:15-17).
3. We have choices to make pertaining to our relationship with the church (1 Tim. 3:15; Acts 2:42; Heb. 10:25).
4. We have choices to make pertaining to giving (Lk. 6:38; 2 Cor. 9:6-8).
5. We have choices to make pertaining to marriage (“only in the Lord,” 1 Cor. 7:39) and friendships (1 Cor. 15:33).

 
IV. The Commitment of Faith
A. Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. (Heb. 11:28). By faith Moses obeyed God’s instructions in instituting the Passover (Exodus 12). Moses believed that killing a lamb and sprinkling its blood on the doorpost, would save the Israelites first born from the danger of death while all the Egyptians’ first born will die. It did happen, the blood made the difference. Do you feel safe, protected by the Blood of Christ? You should. Surely, all true believers must feel safe and protected by the blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 
Illustration/Application: Faith and Obedience
Ralph Erskine, that eminent Scotch divine of the seventeenth century, put the relation of faith and works in a most revealing way when he wrote, “True faith is never alone, but still joined with Gospel-obedience: ‘As ye have received, so walk.’ He that would separate faith from obedience endeavours to walk with one foot, which is impossible. Faith and works, faith and holiness, are the two feet by which a man walks in Christ; when the Spirit of Christ promotes the one, He promotes the other also. If a man should try to go upon one foot, he could not walk but only hop, which would be impossible for him to continue long. Neither can obedience be consistent without faith, and such consistency will be the measure of the Gospel-walk.” Illustrations of Bible Truths.

 
V. The Reward of Faith
A. By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. (Hebrews 11:29). In Exodus 14. Moses and the Israelites found themselves in a dangerous and no scape situation. In front were the Red sea, and at the back is the Pharaoh’s army. Humanly speaking it was an impossible situation. Many of the Israelites were faithless and cried out against Moses. But not Moses. He looked to God in simple faith. And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. (Exodus 14:13-14) Moses fully believed God and in faith expected a Divine miracle and God provided a way of scape. By faith, Moses again obeyed the instructions of God and lifted his rod, stretching forth his hand over the waters. The sea divided and the people of God walked across on dry land. By sight the Egyptians thought they can cross the Red sea also. They drowned.

 
Illustration/Application: Got to Be in Quebec
This story is told by the captain of a ship on which George Muller of Bristol was traveling. During his life he received more than 1,000,000 pounds from the Lord, without advertising—every penny came as an answer to prayer.
“We had George Muller of Bristol on board,” said the captain. “I had been on the bridge for twenty-four hours and never left it and George Muller came to me and said, ‘Captain, I have come to tell you I must be in Quebec on Saturday afternoon.’ ‘It is impossible,’ I said. ‘Then very well, if your ship cannot take me, God will find some other way. I have never broken an engagement in fifty-seven years; let us go down into the chart room and pray.’
“I looked at that man of God and thought to myself, ‘What lunatic asylum can that man have come from, for I never heard of such a thing as this?’ ‘Mr. Muller,’ I said, ‘do you know how dense this fog is?’
” ‘No,’ he replied, ‘my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God who controls every circumstance of my life.’ He knelt down and he prayed one of the most simple prayers. When he had finished, I was going to pray, but he put his hand on my shoulder and told me not to pray. ‘As you do not believe He will answer, and as I believe He has, there is no need whatever for you to pray about it.’
“I looked at him and George Muller said, ‘Captain, I have known my Lord for fifty-seven years and there has never been a single day when I have failed to get an audience with the King. Get up, Captain, and open the door and you will find the fog has gone.’
“I got up and the fog indeed was gone, and on that Saturday afternoon George Muller kept his promised engagement.”
—Sunday School Times Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations: Signs of the Times.

 
VI. Conclusion:
Moses’ parents made the right choice by saving him and not obeying the command of the Pharaoh. Obeying the Law of God is always better than obeying the law of the land. Moses made the right choice in forsaking worldly things and suffering with God’s people, choosing spiritual riches rather than earthly riches, and choosing the right rewards. He forsook Egypt, kept the Passover, and by faith passed through the Red Sea with his people. Truly he made the right decisions in His life through faith in the Lord. Repent from your sins now and receive Jesus Christ now as your personal Saviour. It’s the right and the best decision you can make now my friend.

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