Moses Part 2

Moses, the man of God

A study

Part 2

DECISIONS at FORTY

Exo.2: 11, Acts 7: 23, Heb.11: 24-27

The Egyptians made the lives of the children of Israel bitter with hard bondage. In such a time Moses was born, and he was exceedingly fair, and was hidden and nourished up in his father’s house three months. And when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. In the early days of his childhood, his own parents nursed Moses. (Exo.2: 7-10) Later Moses grew up in the palace of Egypt. And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. (Acts 7: 19-22) At the age of forty Moses, after mature consideration, made certain weighty decisions for his life. He could make such decisions without any fear, probably because, the effective teachings received from his parents was deep-rooted in his heart. The parents would have taught him about the true God and His promises to His people. (Psa.78: 1-7)

So, Moses at forty made a firm decision to forsake certain things and deliberately choose certain other things.

HE WILLINGLY FORSOOK

1) The position

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. (Heb.11: 24) Being in that position he could have become Pharaoh’s successor and inherited the throne of the most powerful nation of his time. But because of his faith on the true God and His unfailing promises, he rejected that lofty position of this world. In this world, man craves after positions of fame and authority. As God’s children we should always humble ourselves and never be attracted towards positions of power and prominence. God will exalt us in His glorious kingdom. Matt.23: 12, James 4:6, 1Pet.5:6, Luke 14: 11

2) The pleasures

Moses rejected the enjoyment of “the pleasures of sin for a season.” In those days Egypt was well known for all kinds of sinful amusements and pleasures. In the Scriptures, Egypt stands for the World with all its sinful pleasures. Moses demonstrated that he did not seek after this temporal happiness, but was keen to enjoy the true and lasting joy of heaven. This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous… lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. (2Tim.3: 1-4)

3) The possessions of Egypt.

Moses rejected the immense treasures of Egypt. The Word of God counsels us, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matt.6: 19-21) Jesus said, he that layeth up treasure for himself, is not rich toward God. (Luke 12: 21)

HE DELIBERATELY CHOSE

1) To trust the invisible God

By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him Who is invisible. (Heb.11: 27) The Egyptians and all the heathens of this world trust in the false religions of this world and worship idols. But when our Lord Jesus Christ came into this world, He revealed the image of the invisible God, He was the firstborn of every creature. (Col.1: 15) When we know Him and receive Him as our Saviour and Lord, we can know the true God and His heavenly blessings. Then we will look not at the things, which are seen, but at the things, which are not seen: for the things, which are seen, are temporal; but the things, which are not seen, are eternal. (2Cor.4: 18)

2) The present sufferings

We must clearly understand that, “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” in this present evil age. (2Tim.3: 12) But “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Rom.8: 18) If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us. (2Tim.2: 12)

3) The future rewards

Moses esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. (Heb.11: 26) God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Heb.11: 6) But we will be counted worthy to receive the rewards from Him if we have fully obeyed Him and lived a selfless life in this world without seeking appreciation, recognition or rewards in this world. (Matt.10: 40, Matt.6: 1, Luke 14: 11) Since Moses made such firm decisions early in his life, God blessed him abundantly. He became the specially chosen man of God, to deliver the foundational revelations of God to man. He also became the chosen instrument of God, to be used by God to deliver His people from the bondage of Egypt. Moses also got the privilege of appearing with the Lord Jesus Christ on the mount of transfiguration.

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