Heb 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; (25) Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; (26) Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Moses’ defense of his Israelite brother is retold in Exodus 2:10-14 & Acts 7:21-25. When we look at both passages together this is what we find out…
At the age of forty, Moses saw an Israelite being beaten brutally by his Egyptian overseer. Upon seeing this, Moses defended the life of his Israelite brother by killing his abusive Egyptian taskmaster.
In this event in Moses’ life, we see him choosing to follow the calling of His Lord, to be deliverer of the children of Israel. He had chosen to stand with his Israelite brother instead of remaining in the good graces of His adoptive family. By turning against his adoptive Egyptian family and their kingdom, he was not only rejecting its benefits of wealth and great worldly authority, but was now inviting the kingdom’s wrath to fall upon him.
What was his motivation to choose against the sinful pleasures of the Empire to become hated fugitive? It was his faith. He understood that to be obedient to his calling, and suffer affliction for the cause of Jehovah, would result in much greater rewards than the pleasures this world has to offer.
The Lord has called each one of His people, out of a heart of appreciation, to be “living sacrifices” for His honor and glory (Rom 12:1). Are we willing to do as Moses of old and fulfill our divine calling at the risk of losing the world’s acceptance and offerings? By His grace alone, our faith will be strong and we will choose His will when faced with personal sacrifice for His glory.
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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