Greater Riches

2003/03/18

Moses could have had all the wealth of Egypt but preferred the greater riches of Christ. No one could make that decision for him. Before we can imitate his example we have to know what the greater riches is all about.Greater Riches sermon notes
Greater Riches
2003/03/04
Moses could have had all the wealth of Egypt but preferred the greater riches of Christ. No one could make that decision for him. Before we can imitate his example we have to know what the greater riches is all about.

Hebrews 11:24-26
24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh?s daughter,25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
Come of age: 3173 megas
used of intensity and its degrees: with great effort, of the affections and emotions of the mind, of natural events powerfully affecting the senses: violent, mighty, strong
2) predicated of rank, as belonging to
2a) persons, eminent for ability, virtue, authority, power
2b) things esteemed highly for their importance: of great moment, of great weight, importance

There were several important events in Moses? life that had a profound effect on his personality. He had a few great moments in his life that changed the way he thought and felt about life. When he found out that his mother was a Jew he must have wondered about the way the Egyptians were treating his own people. He started feeling sorry for them and no longer enjoyed all the authority and rank that could be abused against the slaves because he was one of them!
To come of age means just that: you grow up to form your own opinion based on several important events in your life. These weighty moments affects our senses in such a violent way that we change our mind about things and people.
Sometimes people make up their mind about God and Christianity because of unhappy childhood experiences in a lukewarm Christian home. Their parents go to church but serve God half-heartedly resulting in their decision that Christianity is for hypocrites. On the other hand some sincere men and women of God leave a permanent impression of godliness and holiness on the impressionable lives of teenagers who remember the peace and calm, the joy under all circumstances, the power and the ease with which diseases were eradicated from their bodies when they prayed in the name of Jesus.

What impression are you leaving on people? What is the Gospel according to you? We have Matthew and Mark?s Gospel, what is the Gospel according to you? Will people want to know Christ if they read your life ? an epistle of the apostolic ministry you continually sit under?

Refuse: 720 arneomai
to deny one?s self
2a1) to disregard his own interests or to prove false to himself
2a2) act entirely unlike himself
Choosing: 138 haireomai
142 Airo: to draw up: a fish
2) to take upon one?s self and carry what has been raised up, to bear

Moses was drawn out of the water like a fish! It is unnatural for a fish to be out of the water. Moses refused to become a prince in Egypt and denied his natural surroundings in the palace to be like a fish out of water, among the slaves. He denied what was offered to him in the natural for the sake of the purposes of God?s people. Jesus Christ also left the glorious palace of heaven and took upon himself the form of a servant to live among men. He denied himself and took our sins and burdens, out sickness and diseases upon himself for our sake. He carried what has been raised up in our lives all by Himself. He took our punishment for our sins upon Himself.
As a Bible School we have sponsored students who refused to pay their fees over the past few years. This amounted to up to R90 000. Sometimes they did not pay rent and we had to stand in for them in order not to let them be handed over to the authorities. This we did not because we could afford it but for Christ?s sake. Many times when the church was in trouble financially Nola and I would take a loan on our home and bail the church out ? for Christ?s and the Gospel?s sake.

Suffer affliction 4778 sungkakukeo
to be ill treated in company with, share persecutions or come into a fellowship of ills

5590 Psuche: the seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions (our heart, soul etc.)
2b) the (human) soul in so far as it is constituted that by the right use of the aids offered it by God it can attain its highest end and secure eternal blessedness, the soul regarded as a moral being designed for everlasting life
2c) the soul as an essence which differs from the body and is not dissolved by death

Moses? inner convictions became so strong that he denied his privileges as a prince of Egypt and decided to suffer the same treatment his Jewish brothers were experiencing under the cruel oppression of Pharaoh. He opened up his Psyche or the seat of his emotions and desires to accept the same fate as his own people. He looked at the persecution as an aid offered by God to help him attain to higher things and eternal blessedness. It became more important to him to prosper in his soul than to enjoy the wealth of the world alone and remain poor inside. He was ill treated with the Jews and shared in their persecutions. He came into fellowship with their suffering ? by choice!
Although Jesus did not think it robbery to be equal with God he emptied himself of his divine rights and privileges and took upon Himself the form of a servant and humbled Himself by becoming obedient even to the death of the cross!
Philippians 2:5-9

People of God
5832 Laos: The slaves were a group of unorganized people of same stock and speech at large in the heathen city. In a sense Christianity must seem the same to many people today. It looks like Christians just cannot organize themselves together and yet they come from the same stock of faith and speak the same Christianeze from the Bible. The people of God seem to be a motley crew and one wonders when it will all come together under the headship of Christ.
Yet on the other hand, on the 1st of May 2003 Christians will pray for our nation in more than 68 stadiums! It is expected that one million people will humble themselves and pray for a day that God would forgive our sins as a nation and that people will turn from their wicked ways so that God can heal our land.
This healing process has already begun for since we started praying together in the Newlands stadium we have not had another bomb explosion for two years and four months! We have also had good rainfall and the mist in Cape Town came back! Nola and I stood on Signal Hill the day after the first Newlands Transformational Prayer Day and watched as the mists rolled in from the sea to cover our city. It was unusual to see the mist cover the city for three days! Normally the mists clear up during the day! God gave us a sign that He had heard our prayers.
Yes, Moses left the great disciplines of the Egyptians wordly circles to enter into the disorganized mess of living among slaves. But he became a law-giver to them according to the instruction he received on the Mount.
Imagine what it must have been like for Jesus leaving the perfections of heaven to walk the dusty roads of Jerusalem among a rebellious people!

Enjoy the pleasures of sin
enjoy: 2192 echo: to hold one?s self to a thing, to lay hold of a thing, to adhere or cling to
4a) to be closely joined to a person or a thing
external things such as pertain to property or riches or furniture or utensils or goods or food etc.
Moses chose to s