Moses’ Faith (Hebrews #40)

Text: Hebrews 11:24-26

Moses faith rejected Egypt’s entanglements (vs 24)

  • refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter…
  • Moses knew this thing is going to keep me from pleasing God.
    • Let me ask you this, was Moses PREDESTINED to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt or was Moses PREPARED to lead the children out of Israel?
    • If you want God to use you or use your children, there is a responsibility to begin making yourself useful to God.
    • Moses knew this wasn’t a part of who he was as God’s people.
    • If this isn’t part of who I am in Christ, it isn’t for me.  If the things you’re doing lead you further away from God’s people, further away from God’s provisions, further away from using God’s gifts in your life, then you’re going in the wrong direction.
  • Moses’ heart was out of Egypt long before he led God’s people out of Egypt.
    • It all begins with the heart.  Where is your treasure? What is valuable to you?  With Moses, he valued the same things God valued.
    • Moses gave up on his opportunity to be royalty in Egypt.
    • Moses gave up on the wealth and inheritance in Egypt.

Moses faith didn’t let his feelings be his guide (vs 25)

  • choosing rather to suffer affliction…
  • God is honest about sin’s enjoyment
    • It’s not that Moses didn’t have feelings toward Egypt, it’s not that Moses didn’t have fun in Egypt, but he chose to suffer… rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season…
    • And certainly the pleasure of sin is seasonal while sowing, but reaping the harvest is death.
  • The right choice is the harder choice
  • Follow your feelings and you’ll never leave Egypt:
    • You’ll never read your Bible
    • You’ll never pray
    • You’ll stop listening to preaching
    • You’ll find something better to do than preaching and teaching of God’s words
    • You’ll never have character because you’ll never choose right over pleasure.

Moses faith put a value on Christ’s reproach (vs 26)

  • esteeming the reproach of Christ
  • Now the title of Christ is a description of the spirit of the Messiah or the Messianic spirit.  Jesus is the name of the man, and Christ is the spiritual title.
  • It’s not that Moses knew who the Lord Jesus Christ was here, but he did understand the spirit of God in relation to man.
  • Here two things are compared that explain why the world cannot understand a Bible believer’s perspective
    • On the one hand you have the reproach of Christ and on the other the treasures of Egypt.  To the world, this is not even a debate. You just take the riches of Egypt. But you expect that from the world.  They have no idea why Christ’s reproach has any value anyway.
    • But Christians esteem the treasures of Egypt of greater value than the reproach of Christ.
      • They’ll trade their edification in a church for a buck.  These days they aren’t even smart enough to get a buck out of it, they’ll just trade their edification in a congregation for nothing.  (Higher paying job, but no prospect of a good church.)
      • They’ll trade their gifting by the Holy Spirit for a nice bank account.
      • They’ll trade their fellowship in the gospel for a “living”, which is really much more than a “living”.
    • The problem is you don’t see the value of Christ’s reproach.
  • Do you know how much God invested in turning sinners into children of God?  How much did He invest in making sure you could grow spiritually by putting pastors and teachers and a group of believers around you?  He invested everything. So the value of what we do here as the body of Christ and what we do out there as the body of Christ is how valuable to God?  Is there anything more valuable than what God said was valuable?
  • Make God happy
    • You were put here to put a smile on God’s face

Moses faith looked to God’s reward (vs 26)

  • respect unto the recompence of the reward
  • You were told early in Hebrews 11 that he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
  • If you want to get to the root of a Christian’s seeking worldly wealth at the expense of godliness it is because they don’t believe God will reward them.  If you really believed God would reward you for godliness, you wouldn’t hesitate or waste your time, or even weigh your options when it came to making yourself available for ministry or making more money.
  • You don’t believe God will reward you so you’re going to grab all you can while you can.
  • Now, I’m not trying to get you to doubt your salvation, but that verse says coming to God requires you to believe something God, that he is, and that he is a rewarder…