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About-Him.Com Devotional 01-04-2014
Esteeming the Reproach of Christ
Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
We all recall the story of the baby Moses. When he was born, all of the male Hebrew newborns were being drowned in the river (Ex. 1:22). Through the faith of his mother and father and the providence of God, he was hidden for a time and then placed in a floating basket and hidden among the bulrushes of the Nile river. We don't know what influenced the mother to defy the king, perhaps it was just her motherly instinct to preserve her child, but God who knows the end from the beginning (Is. 46:10) was at work delivering the future founder of the Jewish nation. When Moses was found by Pharaoh's daughter, his sister just happened to be nearby and she offered to bring a Hebrew mother to nurse the child. Not just any Hebrew woman but Moses' own mother.
Nothing happens by accident! God works in us, both to will and to to do His good pleasure (Php. 2:13) and all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Ro. 8:28). So when it seems that we are just plodding along and are ignored by those around us, we simply don't know but how a kind word or deed may be affecting God's eternal purpose. We'll find out when we reach the other side, eh?
Mose grew up in the house of Pharaoh. He, no doubt had all the best that Egypt had to offer as far as education and luxury. He may have been in line to assume the throne of Egypt. But something was nagging Moses. Perhaps he remembered his mother speaking of the One true eternal God who had made a covenant with father Abraham, and had promised to make him the father of many nations (Ge. 17:4). I'm sure that his mother told him of the Messiah Redeemer also.
Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
When Moses came of age, he had to come to a decision. No doubt he was in a state of conflict. On the one hand, he was surrounded by all that Egypt had to offer, but on the other hand he couldn't forget the things he learned at his mother's knee. When he became of age he made that decision and never looked back. He forfeited all rights and claims of royal privilege, and decided to identify with the people of God. This is a decision that we all must make. As Joshua stated in Jos. 24:15, we have to decide if we are going to serve the eternal God of heaven or the god of this world.
Hebrews 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Every thing has a cost. Sin may be fun but it leads to death. The Christian walk may be difficult, but it leads to eternal life. Moses considered all of this and he “ had respect unto the recompense of the reward. In other words, he counted the cost.” Jesus had a bit to say about counting the cost, didn't He (Lu.14:25-35)?
When Moses took the part of a Hebrew slave and slew his Egyptian taskmaster, Pharaoh sought to kill him (Ex. 2:2). He wouldn't be going back home any time soon. Funny how God works to fulfill His purpose, isn't it? Moses fled to the desert and hid out for a few years.
Hebrews 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
When Moses fled to the desert, He had an encounter with the Almighty God whom he had no doubt heard of, but didn't know. He was introduced to the I AM THAT I AM (Ex. 3:14). The One who was, and is, and is to come, namely Jesus (Re. 4:8). The One whose name meant, “I exist because I choose to exist and I will become what I will become.” Aren't you glad that He chose to be our Savior (He. 2:17; Lu. 2:11; Tit. 2:13)?
Moses endured as seeing Him who is invisible. May we all be of the same mind. Jesus said that the one who endured to the end would be saved. He didn't make provision for the one who quit the race (Mt. 10:22).
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Matthew 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
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