This week, we get insight into how faith in God was displayed in the life of Moses.
Moses is a giant in Israel’s history and an obvious choice for the “Hall of Faith.” God chose Moses to lead Israel out of slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land. When Moses died, the Bible records his remarkable eulogy:
Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel. (Deuteronomy 34:10-12)
Moses had a front-row seat to God’s mighty power. God called him from the burning bush (Exodus 3), guided him by pillars of cloud and fire (Exodus 13:21), and spoke to him “face to face, as one speaks to a friend” (Exodus 33:11). Moses saw the plagues on Egypt (Exodus 7-11), the parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14), “bread from heaven,” and water gush from a rock (Exodus 16-17).
Moses certainly got to “see” awesome deeds of God! But how does his life show faith as “assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1)? How can Moses’ story encourage the Hebrew Christians as they suffer intense persecution and alienation without seeing miracles? How can we understand how faith in God acts under more “normal” circumstances? Let’s read:
By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater
value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. (Hebrews 11:23-29)
Questions for refection and discussion: What portions of Moses’ life are highlighted in this passage? Are you surprised by what is included and what is excluded as examples of faith in Moses’ lifetime? How would these stories provide encouragement to the struggling Hebrew believers? How can these stories provide an example to us?
Today’s devotionals were written by Lynn Hayden. Lynn has called Wheaton Bible Church home since 1995, where she serves as a Small Group Leader at Place4You, attends Single Purpose, and serves on the Finance Committee. Lynn is an Accountant, and recently finished a degree in Biblical Studies at Wheaton College.