Hebrews 11:23-29, “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.”
Hebrews 11 has been rich for me as I learn from our faith heroes. Today let’s look at Moses. Moses was born at a time Pharaoh was determined to kill newborn boys of the Israelites. And Hebrews 11:23, says “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command”. Moses parents Amram and Jochebed by faith saw something unique about him and entrusted him in the hands of the Lord in the midst of life threatening situations. This was not Moses’ faith but his parent’s faith that would influence him down the road. However hard they tried to hide him, the third month proved a challenge and they set him in a basket around the enemies’ territory trusting God to take care of him, what a faith!. This reminds us of the Son of God who when He was born, His life as an infant was already a threat to Herod for He was a king. Could it be possible in Moses case that Pharaoh already sensed that there would be a deliverer to be born the reason he killed young boys? Perhaps.
This is a picture of the threat the enemy senses when a child is born in a Christian family and the parents dedicate him/her to the Lord for his service. By all means, his mission is to destroy that life from the start. I believe abortion has been one if not the greatest means he has used to accomplish his mission. Parents ought to be diligent in protecting their children by God given wisdom and strength, at the same time and most importantly, entrust them in the hands of the Lord to keep them through the dangers of life with the aid of prayers. As some parents may have a different goal for their children to be successful in Egypt (in this life), Christian parents should have a different desire and that is to lead their children in God’s way and trust God to one day save them and use them for His glory. Children are treasures from the Lord and one day each parent will give an account what they did with the treasure God gave them.
The first faith was the faith of Moses’ parents for him. The next faith would be Moses’ personal faith in God. Every child that becomes of age, age of understanding, age of accountability must have faith in God for themselves to be saved and not live on the faith of the parents. And this is a duty each parent must instill in their children on how to personally have faith in God (salvation). Moses was discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter however raised by Moses’ mother at the suggestion of Miriam his sister. There is no indication that Pharaoh’s daughter knew that Jochebed was Moses’ mother. Moses was being raised by his parents mostly likely not knowing that these were his real parents. He was taught what was right, taught of the God of the Israelites, taught faith, how to please Him, hope for the future deliverance, faithfulness, self-denial, sacrificial living, hard work, fighting for your brothers etc. which fulfills, Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it”.
The mission was to raise him to be a prince in Pharaoh’s kingdom, his parents raised him different. The task ahead of parents is huge and scary. Can God who has given parents children be entrusted with them while living in the Egypt (this world)? Having faith in God for your children, trusting God to give you wisdom, courage, ability to provide for your children while raising them for the sake of His call. And when they become of age they would be ready to carry on with the faith the decision being theirs. Have faith for your treasure. To finish, Blessings Ev