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Three months following the birth of Moses his mother put him in an ark and hid him in the bulrushes in order to preserve his life. Pharaoh’s daughter came down to the Nile to bathe and found the babe amidst the bulrushes and decided to take him as her own son. Moses’ sister saw what had taken place and ask if she needed a Hebrew woman to nurse him and she went and got his mother who cared for her son and received wages for her service.
From then on Moses was exposed to two streams of history. Both the Influence of Egypt and Israel converge in the early life of Moses. While he was being schooled in all the knowledge of the Egyptians his mother taught him of his Jewish ancestry. She told him of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph and of the coming Messiah.
In spite of all the ‘pagan learning’ received from the Egyptian philosophers he was most impressed by his mother’s teaching concerning his Jewish heritage. She proved the promise of God’s Word: “Train up a child in the way that he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
The time came when Moses had to decide which of the two streams he was going to follow. They were both wrestling for mastery within him. When Moses reached maturity he had to make a choice. It is recorded that “by faith when he was come to years.” These words denote the time that he knew he had to choose either the kingdom of Egypt or the kingdom of God. This choice like all choices is a two-edged sword. To receive one means to reject the contrary.
“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.” He refused royalty, wealth, and power, the very things that the world clamors for. Like the Apostle Paul, everything he counted gain for himself he put it all on the debit side of the ledger and counted it refuse that he might know Christ. He wanted the eternal Christ more than a few years of earthly comfort. Sin has its pleasure, but it ends in pain. Salvation has its pain, but it ends in pleasure.
This was not the choice of a fool but the choice of faith. True faith establishes priorities and makes proper evaluations in life. The World has a skewed view of life as Jesus stated in Luke 16:15, “That which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.” Here was a man who was part of a royal family with the possibility of someday being King of Egypt, the most powerful man in the world, but through faith, he refused it all because “he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.”
One man stated that: “Faith is the Christian’s vital breath, the Christian’s native air.” We as children of God should be in such close touch with the Father, and believe so fully in His promises, that our life would be an outpouring of confidence in Him. It was that kind of faith that enabled Abraham, in heart and purpose, to offer up his only son at God’s command. This entire chapter is an illustration of those who, by faith, held onto the arm of Omnipotence with confidence.
Our supply and sufficiency is contingent on the measure of our faith: “According to your faith, so be it unto you.” John reveals to us the conditions upon which faith works. “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: and if we know that He heareth us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.”
The definition of faith is given in Hebrews 11:1. Let me express it simplistically by saying, Faith is the assurance that the thing which God has said in His Word is true, and that God will act according to what He has said in His Word. This assurance, this reliance on God’s Word, this confidence is FAITH.
Each of us has been given a free will. We, like Moses, must make a decision as to whom we will serve. Jesus said that there are two Gates and two Ways:
1. The wide gate and broad way that leads to destruction.
2. The strait gate and narrow way that leads to life.
We can choose the gate and the way—but there our freedom ends. We cannot choose what lies along the way, or at the end of the way. Paul tells us in Romans 6:23 that “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
We can choose the cause but the effect is beyond our power to change. Sin is the cause of death, the gift of eternal life is the effect of choosing Christ. Eternal life is the choice of faith. “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
As Moses made the vital choice and endured by the vision of faith as “seeing Him who is invisible” he gained eternal victory because he “esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.”
Let us follow the example of the great cloud of witnesses recorded in this chapter by making the choice of faith and “run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.”