Aspects of Moses’ faith in God

Passage: Hebrews 11:23-29

Aspects of Moses’ Faith

There are certain aspects of Moses’ faith in God that makes it outstanding enough to stimulate our faith thousands of years later.

Hebrews 11:23-29

  1. His parents Amram (‘a people exalted’) & Jochebed (‘Jahweh is glory’) had faith in God. When the king gave command that all 2 year-old male babies had to be slaughtered they did not fear the command of the king in Egypt but hid their son because they saw he was a beautiful baby. It is a great privilege to have believing parents. They train their children in the way they should go and when they are older the children will not depart from it. Jochebed raised Moses for the princess of Egypt who found him in the bulrushes in a basket when she went to the Nile River to bathe. Miriam the sister of Moses spotted it and suggested someone that could give suck to the baby boy. It was Moses’ mother.
  2. By faith, Moses when he was of age refused to be called the son of Pharaoh but chose instead to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin. He could have lived in the palace of Pharaoh but instead dwelt among the people of God. He saw the riches of God in the saints. It takes faith to make such a decision at such a young age. But his parents set the tone for him. They taught him right.
  3. He esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt for he looked to the reward. He knew God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6) Egypt was the wealthiest nation at that time, but he chose to live among the despised Hebrew people because He chose to serve the living God. He was sure of God’s reward of serving God like his parents taught him. It meant more to him to be part of God’s people than all the treasures of Egypt. You need faith in God to do that. The reproach of Christ includes all the criticism he had to endure from all the Egyptians. They accused him of siding with the people of God. They mocked him for choosing to be with the despised ones when he could have remained as a prince in Egypt. He regarded the criticism he had to endure as greater riches than the wealth of Egypt.
  4. By faith he forsook Egypt not fearing the wrath of the king (like his parents taught him) for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. By eyes of faith he saw the Lord leading him and followed the Lord to guide Israel out of Egypt, knowing that Pharaoh would once again change his mind and pursue them after he let them go to worship their God. Israel refused to worship the false gods of Egypt. They served the living God.
  5. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood lest He who destroyed the firstborn of Egypt should touch them. They ate unleavened bread during Passover and smeared their doorposts with blood of a spotless lamb so that the angel of death would pass over their homes and not kill their firstborn. When the angel saw the blood he passed over them. We hold communion to eat the bread and drink the wine signifying the body and the blood of Jesus who died to save us from our sins. He is the firstborn of God who died in our place so that we might live for God and serve God and humanity. Christ is our Passover.
  6. By faith he passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians essaying to do so were drowned. If you do not have faith in the living God you cannot copy those who do. It is faith in God that kept the walls of water up so that they could pass through the Red Sea. The Egyptians assumed the walls of water would hold up for them as well, but they did not have faith in God and the walls collapsed, drowning them. Through faith in God all things are possible. By faith we push back the boundaries of possibility. We explore uncharted territories by faith. We conquer great odds by faith. By faith we please God who works on our behalf. Nothing is impossible to him or her that believes in the living God.