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Summer Hebrews Series 2012 – Study 5

12/08/2012

Moses Makes a Choice!

 Text: Hebrews 11:24-26.

Here is an OT character, the pivotal person in OT Israel, being shown as having decided to suffer for Jesus, years before our Saviour was incarnated into this world!  Don’t be too surprised by that.  Don’t ever forget that Bethlehem was not the beginning of our Lord’s existence.  John 1:1-4   Moses chose to suffer for Christ, because Christ has already chosen him! Listen very carefully to the words of Christ in John 15:16, Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.  It is not our decision for Christ that saves us, nor any other thing that WE do.  What saves us is what Christ did for us on the cross, the effects of which are imputed to us through the work of the Holy Spirit. Our decision, and Moses decision, was a response to what God has already done, not a means of salvation.  Let us then see:-

1. The Choice Moses Made!

Moses chose:-

1)      To identify with people whom society rejected!Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God.  Now here we see clear evidence that God was working in the life of Moses.

  1. He chose affliction!  Moses was a royal prince by adoption, but here he is feeling strangely drawn to a people who were the scum of Egyptian society.  They were slaves with no rights – groaning in bondage.
  2. He Chose the Church! But these were God’s people!  And Moses was God’s man, for God was already awakening his conscience, and already drawing him towards his own people.  Moses chose…

2)      To identify with ChristEsteeming the reproach of Christ   The word Christ is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew ‘Messiah.’  The whole purpose of the OT Israel was to be a vehicle through which the Messiah would come into the world.  Moses put his trust in the coming Messiah, rather than in the things of this world.  As for us today, the Messiah has already come.  Christ has suffered and died, and like Moses, we must simply trust him!  That will bring us reproach!  Our dear Saviour told us that this would happen, over and over again!  Matthew 5:11Despite all of this, and fully aware of the consequences, Moses chose to follow the Messiah!

2. The Cost Moses Paid!

There was a great personal cost in this decision:-

a)      Moses sacrificed his dignity! refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.  Moses had been adopted by royalty!  At great cost he rejected his royal status and he refused to be called the son of pharaoh’s daughter.

b)      Moses sacrificed his riches! greater riches than the treasures in Egypt.  The palace of Pharaoh was a place of great wealth.   Now there is every reason to suppose that one day Moses would be the king of Egypt, for he had been fully integrated into the royal family   But he relinquished all that wealth, so that he could follow Christ.

c)      Moses sacrificed his pleasures! than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.  What pleasure lay in Egypt!  Moses was willing to take his place with the people of God here, though it was a suffering place, rather than to enjoy all the sensual sinful pleasures of Pharaoh’s court, which would be but for a season, and would then be punished with everlasting misery.

Now, you will see from these simple examples that to follow Christ, to be a disciple of the Messiah involved a great cost. Luke 14:27-29   Luke 14:33.

3. The Chronology Moses Followed! when he was come to years

He had come to age.  Now, we think of ‘coming of age’ as being 21, or 18 these days, although it seems to be getting younger all the time.  In Egypt, I am told, ‘coming of age’ would be at the age of 40! Moses was in the very prime of life when he made this momentous choice There is a time for every purpose.  There is a time for everything in life.  There is a time for salvation.

4. The Calculation that Moses MadeHe considered the contempt and abuse and shame [borne for] the Christ (the Messiah Who was to come) to be greater wealth than all the treasures of Egypt, for he looked forward and away to the reward (recompense).

There are two very important motivating factors in what Moses did that day…

  • It was based upon SAVING FAITH!By faith Moses.   Ephes. 2:8-9
    • It was a perfectly RATIONAL thing to do. for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.  Moses knew of the prophesies and promises connected with the faith and service of the Lord God.  He weighed up the options.  On the one hand were the glories and grandeurs and riches and enjoyments of Egypt that would last till the day he died, and then would perish away and he would be lost forever.  On the other hand were the trials and toils and cross-bearing of the believer, with the prospect of heaven for all of eternity.  Which would he choose

Was the choice of Moses a wise choice?  Is it a choice that you have made?

From → Hebrews 11

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