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The Faith of Moses


Hebrews 11:23-29


Introduction:

·         There are many individuals mentioned in Hebrews 11 -- Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, and several others.

·         The two Old Testament believers that are most prominent in this chapter are Abraham and Moses.

·         Abraham's name appears 300 times in the Bible.  Moses' name is mentioned 848 times in the Bible.

·         Moses is often referred to as the great "Lawgiver," but he was also a great man of faith.

·         Spurgeon said, we “regard Moses as a representative of the Law but [should] also view him as a man of wonderful and powerful faith."

·         As we look at the faith of Moses tonight, we should note that his parents' faith is mentioned first (Heb. 11:23).

 

I.                    (Hbr 11:23) The faith of Moses’ parents

a.      Moses’ parents showed faith when they perceived that he was specially favored by God; they took measures of faith to save his life despite danger.

b.      It is very interesting the role of faith between parents and children in this chapter. The man of strong faith is a great blessing to their children.

c.       Faith must not simply take hold of the individual believer, but his home and family also!

d.      Faith makes way for God and gives the most important place in our lives! Even when it seems like promises are tarrying- that is only a call to trust God more fully and completely!

e.      Whether you are a parent, a teacher, or worker- we all have an influence on the next generation- may it be done in faith!

f.        The names of Moses' parents were Amram and Jochebed.

g.      "They were not afraid of the king's commandment" because they had faith in God (Heb. 11:23).

h.      The "king's commandment" was "if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live" (Ex. 1:15-17).

i.        So we see that abortion, and infanticide have been around for a very long time.

j.        “Kermit Gosnell was ultimately convicted of murdering three born alive infants by stabbing their necks with scissors.  Yet these are only three of many hundreds (if not thousands) of murders that Gosnell committed.”

k.       After hiding him for three months,Amram and Jochebed decided to make a little ark for Moses and to entrust God on the waters of the Nile.

l.        God honored their faith, and little Moses was found by Pharaoh's daughter, "and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it" (Ex. 2:5).

m.    Eventually, Jochebed got to nurse her own baby, and she even got paid to do it (Ex. 2:5-10).

n.      God always honors faith!

II.                  (Hbr 11:24-27) The faith of Moses when he left Egypt.

a.      Moses’ loyalty to his own people was in itself an act of faith!

b.      This was the faith of personal choices

c.       Moses had a choice to make.  He could have enjoyed an easy life of luxury as "the son of Pharaoh's daughter" (11:24), or he could choose "to suffer affliction with the people of God" (11:25).

d.      "By faith" Moses made the right decision (11:24-27).

e.      Choosing rather to suffer affliction: This choice had consequences. Moses knew that to go God’s way meant to suffer affliction rather than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin. Sin does have its pleasures; but Moses properly saw them as passing, even if they should last our entire earthly life.

f.        When making choices, we must take the long look. Faith looks at everything in light of eternity!

g.      The reproach of Christ: Moses probably didn’t know it at the time, but this persecution he suffered put him in the company of Jesus – who suffered to set men free.

h.      He was brought up in all luxury. But all the time he had never forgotten his fellow-countrymen; and the day came when he decided to ally himself with the downtrodden Israelites and say goodbye to the future of riches and royalty that he might have had.

i.        Moses gave up earthly glory for the sake of the people of God. Christ gave up his glory for the sake of mankind

j.        What’s your identity?- illustr- Joseph

k.       Sin is pleasurable…but only for a season

l.        Egypt is a picture of the world. One of the things that weakens our faith the most is worldliness! We must separate from the world!

m.    Seeing Him who is invisible- Moses’ natural eyes could see the danger from Pharaoh, and understood the danger in remaining anywhere near Egypt. Yet his eye of faith could see Him who is invisible, and he understood that God was a greater fact in his situation than an angry Pharaoh was.

n.      It is told that before a great battle Napoleon would stand in his tent alone; he would send for his commanders to come to him, one by one; when they came in, he would say no word but would look them in the eye and shake them by the hand; and they would go out prepared to die for the general whom they loved. That is like Moses and God. Moses had the faith he had because he knew God in the way he did. When we come to it straight from God's presence, no task can ever defeat us. Our failure and our fear are so often due to the fact that we try to do things alone. The secret of victorious living is to face God before we face men.

III.                Moses’ faith in leading Israel in the Passover

a.      So far Moses has rejected the world’s fame, fortune and friendship. Now he rejects its religion! Each plague was an attack on Egypt’s gods! The final plague meant Israel had to make preparations for Passover.

b.      “Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood..." (11:28).

c.       The institution of the Passover was an act of faith. God's judgments had been poured out on Egypt and on Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and on the people of Egypt.

d.      And yet, after nine plagues had been sent, Pharaoh and the Egyptians remained stubborn and impenitent.

e.      Pharaoh even threatened to kill Moses if he ever came into Pharaoh's presence again (Ex. 10:28, 29).

f.        Then after all these fierce plagues, the LORD told Moses that each Israelite family should sacrifice a lamb, and then take the blood and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses (Exodus 12).

g.      Humanly speaking, these seem like rather strange instructions.  But by faith Moses obeyed

h.      This of course is symbolic of our place of refuge under the blood of Christ.

i.        The Passover teaches us about a sacrificial lamb, blood atonement for sin, and application of that atonement

IV.                (Hbr 11:28-29) The faith of the nation of Israel when crossing the Red Sea.

a.      By faith they passed through the Red Sea: The difference between the Israelites crossing the Red Sea and the Egyptians who followed them was not courage, but faith. The Egyptians had as much (or more) courage than the Israelites, but not the same faith – and they each had different fates. The Israelites passed through and the Egyptians were drowned

b.      This event is one of the highlights of the Bible- repeated over and over again to remind us tha God is a God who delivers His people from bondage!

Conclusion:

·         Moses faith was great because of its singular focus upon God, which made everything else pale in comparison.

·         Hel­en Lem­mel wrote the words to the beautiful hymn, "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus," after reading a Gospel tract entitled "Fo­cused," written by Lil­i­as Trot­ter.  These words grabbed her attention: "So then, turn your eyes upon Him, look full in­to His face and you will find that the things of earth will ac­quire a strange new dim­ness."

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.