Thursday in the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time

Hebrews 11:23-27

By Faith…

The Preacher now turns to Moses, second only to Abraham in the Jewish reckoning of saints.  You will remember that Pharaoh had ordered the genocide of the Israelites telling the Egyptians to throw every Hebrew baby boy into the Nile.  When Moses was born his parents hid him and ultimately gave him up for adoption (so to speak) by a clever ruse to Pharaoh’s daughter.  It was a risky plan to say the least and his parents could only save him by losing him (how their hearts must have ached).  But the outcome was that Moses lived forty years in the household of Pharaoh, a Hebrew among Egyptians, received an excellent education, and no doubt lived in luxury—until he killed an Egyptian for beating an Israelite some forty years later and had to flee to Midian (Exodus 2:1-25; Acts 7:17-29).

But when the Lord called Moses forty years later to return to Egypt and stand before Pharaoh—a shepherd before a mighty king—and say, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go’” (Exodus 5:1), though reluctant, Moses went at great peril.  The Preacher summarizes all of this saying, “By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.  He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.” 

There’s a whole Bible in this passage; it speaks of making hard choices in the light of certain consequences and choosing God’s will and His way, indeed, God’s people, over the comforts of this life in the hope of future reward—the reward being life with God.  Moses had it made in the palace, but he chose to heed God’s word which resulted in liberation for God’s people.  But it also included living in tents, governing a “stiff-necked” and rebellious people (you know, like us), and doing it for forty years.  He didn’t get to see the earthly Promised Land; but that’s okay, he saw a land that far exceeded Canaan.  And even better than that, he saw the One who promised both lands, the One who makes any land worthwhile. 

“Please, show me your glory,” Moses said.  And God showed one-nth of it (Exodus 33:18).  But when he died, God showed him the whole as He will for all those who put aside the things of this world for the world to come.  “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life” (Psalm 27:4).  Yea, Lord, let it be.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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