50. Moses, Quite A Character


By RBYG Guys

In the Disney movie Hercules, we see a baby born in immortality destined for greatness, who is taken and sent to the mortal world stripped of his immortality. In a quest to find out his identity and purpose he meets Meg, a mortal girl, and he falls in love with her.

In an ultimate sacrifice he saves her from death which grants him the ability to enter the immortal world, but that would mean he would have to leave Meg because she could not enter. He is faced with the choice to be a part of the immortal world with all of its riches or choose mortality to be with Meg.

Many popular stories are based around a key decision the hero must make. We also see this often in the stories of the Bible. One very popular one is the story of Moses.

In Hebrews 11:23-27 we get a quick glimpse of why Moses was included in this ‘Hall of Faith’ list with a number of Old Testament characters who displayed tremendous trust in God. Although it is a short overview, it gives us a lot to think about.

‘By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.’ Hebrews 11:23

Why did Moses’ parents decide to keep him hidden and disobey the king of Egypt?

What have you done to protect your children or the people you love?

‘By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.’ Hebrews 11:24-26

Growing up in Pharaoh’s household and being known as royalty was not a privilege to be taken lightly.

What did it mean for Moses to refuse to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter?

Why did Moses choose God’s people over Pharaoh’s people?

What does it mean when the writer says, ‘He considered the reproach of Christ,’ even though he did not see Christ come in his lifetime?

Egypt had A LOT of treasures. How can the reproach of Christ be of greater worth?

‘By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.’ Hebrews 11:27

The big theme we gain from this passage is, ‘Faith over Fear.’

Do we make most of our decisions based on faith or on fear?

We have a choice to be a part of God or a part of the world.

What have you chosen? Why have you chosen that part?

Is this a one-time decision or one that takes place every day?

There is no doubt which side Moses chose!

How can we be more like Moses?

If people looked at your life, would there be any doubt whom you serve?