By Faith Moses

Posted by on Jan 13, 2008

By Pastor Mike Withem

First Baptist Church of Ranson, WV

January 13, 2008

Sunday Morning

“By Faith Moses”

 

Scripture Text: Hebrews 11:23-29

 

Introduction:

 

A.   The title of my message, this morning, is “By Faith Moses.”

1. However, before we look at the faith of Moses, we should really look at the faith of his parents.

2. In fact, our text makes mention of the faith of Moses’ parents.

3. Notice again Vrs. 23 of our text, “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.”

4. You may remember that when Moses was born in Egypt, the Pharaoh had issued an edict commanding all Hebrew women, if they gave birth to a son, to drown him in the river. (Exo. 1:22)

5. However, when Moses was born, somehow his parents knew that he was different and that God had a very special plan and purpose for his life.

6. And so, they decided rather than drowning him in the river, they would instead save his life and hide him.

7. Now this was an act of faith on their part.

8. Why? Because they knew that if their civil disobedience was discovered, not only would their son be killed, but they would most likely be killed as well.

9. And so, they disobeyed the king, trusting God to protect them from his wrath.

 

B.   Not only did they demonstrate faith by hiding Moses for three months, when the time came that it was impossible to continue hiding him, they demonstrated their faith once again.

1. How? By putting Moses in “an ark of bulrushes” and setting him afloat in the river. (Exo. 2:3)

2. Once they had done everything they could do to preserve the life of their son, they simply trusted him to God’s loving care.

3. In other words, they said, “Lord, he is in your hands now. It’s up to you to intervene and save his life.”

 

C.  Did God (honor) reward the faith of Moses’ parents?

1. He most certainly did!

2. You probably remember that the baby was found by none other than the daughter of Pharaoh himself, who not only found him, but also adopted him.

3. But that’s not all!

4. Moses’ mother was hired by Pharaoh’s daughter to nurse the child until the child was weaned.

5. (Illus.- I heard someone say, once, “That Moses sure was a lucky baby!” No, luck had nothing to do with it. It was God who intervened, not only because He had plans for Moses, but also to reward Moses’ parents for their faith.)

 

D.   And so, before we look at the faith of Moses, we need to consider the faith of his parents. (They too were heroes of the faith!)

 

E.   We now come to the faith of Moses himself.

1. According to our text, there were at least three times when Moses demonstrated an extraordinary faith in God.

2. First of all, he demonstrated his faith when…

 

I.       He Left Egypt.

 

A.   Notice again Vrs. 27 of our text, “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.”

 

B.   After Moses was weaned by his mother, the Bible tells us that she returned him to Pharaoh’s daughter to be raised as her son.

1. In fact, it was Pharaoh’s daughter who gave him the name, Moses.

2. The Bible says in Exo. 2:10, “And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.” (The name, Moses, literally means “drawn out.”)

 

C.   Not only did Moses receive his name from his adopted mother, but he received much more.

1. Can you imagine what it must have been like, growing up in Pharaoh’s palace?

2. First of all, there was the prestige.

3. Imagine the prestige that went along with being “called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.” (Vrs. 24)

4. The Bible tells us in Acts 7:22 that “…Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.”

5. I imagine when Moses left the palace, people bowed to him.

6. He wasn’t the king, but as “the son of” the king’s “daughter,” he undoubtedly had great prestige.

 

D.   Not only did was there the prestige, but there was also the pleasure.

1. I’m talking about sinful pleasure now.

2.Our text tells us that while Moses lived in Pharaoh’s house, he had access to all “the pleasures of sin.” (Vrs. 25)

3. Because of his position of power, no pleasure would be withheld from him, no matter how sinful or now forbidden it might be.

4. Had Moses wanted to, he could have easily lived his life by the philosophy, “If it feels good, do it!”

 

E.   Not only was there the prestige and the pleasure, there was also the plenty.

1. Vrs. 26 of our text talks about “the treasures of Egypt.”

2. As “the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,” Moses had access to all of these treasures.

3. He could eat the most expensive foods.

4. He could wear the most expensive clothing.

5. He could drive the most expensive chariots.

 

 

F.    Someone says, “Man, that Moses really had it made! He had prestige! He had pleasure! He had plenty! I sure would like to have it as good as he had it!”

1. Well, from the world’s vantage point, Moses did have it made, however, there came a time in Moses’ life, when he made the decision to leave Egypt, to leave his life of ease in Pharaoh’s palace, and to once again identify himself with God’s people.

2. Of course, when he left Egypt, he left behind all the prestige, all the pleasure, and all the plenty that went along with being “the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.”

 

G.   Now perhaps you are wondering why Moses made the decision to leave Egypt.

1. What would possess a man to walk away from…

-a cushy life,

-a position of privilege,

-a life of prestige, pleasure and plenty?

2. What would possess a man to do that?

3. I’ll tell you why Moses did it!

4. Moses decision was based on his faith.

5. But someone says, “Faith in what? What did Moses believe that caused him to trade the good life, so to speak, for a life of hardship?

6. I’ll tell you what Moses believed.

7. Moses believed that the rewards for serving God were far greater than anything that Egypt had to offer.

 

8. Notice again Vrs. 26 of our text, “Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.”

 

H.   But someone says, “Wait a minute, pastor. I am a Christian, and I have dedicated my life to serving Christ, but God hasn’t made me rich! I just can’t see these greater rewards that you are talking about.”

1. Do you know why you can’t see them?

2. Because you haven’t received them yet.

3. Most of the rewards for serving Christ don’t come in this life, but in the next life!

4. Notice again the latter part of Vrs. 26 of our text, “…for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.”

5. One translation reads like this, “…for he was looking forward to his reward.” (Bible in Basic English)

6. Another translation reads like this, “…for he fixed his gaze on the coming reward.” (Weymouths New Testament)

7. Moses did not receive his reward in this life, but I’ll guarantee that he is enjoying his reward today!

 

I.    Do you know why God’s rewards are better than anything that this world has to offer?

1. Because they are eternal (will last forever).

2. Whatever this world has to offer is just “for a season,” and a short season at that, however, God’s rewards will last forever!

3. Paul put it like this in 2 Cor. 4:17-18, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;…While we 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.”

 

J.    And so, Moses demonstrated his faith when he left Egypt. He also demonstrated his faith when…

 

II.      He Kept The Passover.

 

A.   Notice again Vrs. 28 of our text, “Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.”

 

B.   You probably remember that while Moses was demanding that Pharaoh let God’s people leave Egypt, God brought ten terrible plagues upon Egypt.

1. The tenth and final plague was “the death of the first-born.” (All the first-born in Egypt were to die.)

2. So that God’s people (Israel) might be spared from the plague, God instructed them through Moses to take a lamb, a perfect lamb, and then to slay the lamb, and then to sprinkle the blood of that lamb upon the doorposts of their houses.

3. He then made a precious promise to them. (Exo. 12:13)

4. He said, “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.”

 

C.   Did Moses believe what God told him?

1. He most certainly did, because we are told in Exo. 12:21 that Moses “called for all the elders of Israel” to come together, then he urged them to do as God instructed.

2. Because Moses believed what God told him, and because the people acted upon his faith, Israel was spared the death of their first-born.

 

D.   By the way, in case you didn’t already know this, the Passover lamb was a type (picture) of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1. This is why it had to be a lamb “without blemish.” (Exo. 12:5)

2. Just like the blood of that Passover lamb, when applied to the doorposts of those houses, stayed the wrath of God, even so, the blood of Jesus, when applied by faith to the sinners heart, stays (saves from) the wrath of God.

3. Listen as I read 1 Pet. 1:18-19, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;…But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”

4. Has the blood of the Lamb of God been applied to your heart?

 

E.   And so Moses demonstrated his faith when he kept the Passover. Notice, finally, that Moses demonstrated his faith when…

 

III.    He Passed Through The Red Sea.

 

A.   Notice again Vrs. 29 of our text, “By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.”

 

B.   I’m sure you remember the story.

1. The children of Israel had just left Egypt, and found themselves with the Red Sea on one side of them and the armies of Pharaoh on the other side.

2. When the people saw Pharaoh’s chariots closing in on them, they began to panic.

3. They said, ‘Moses, you should have left us in Egypt. It would have been better to be slaves in Egypt than to die in the wilderness!” (Exo. 14:12)

4. Moses responded by saying, “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.” (Exo. 14:13)

5. After God had temporarily halted Pharaoh’s army, the Bible says that “Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.” (Exo. 14:21)

6. The next morning, Moses and the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea on dry ground.

 

C.   Someone says, “That didn’t take any faith. All they did was walk across on dry ground!”

1. You have to remember that God had “divided” (parted) the waters, which meant that there was a huge wall of water on both sides with absolutely nothing visible holding the water back!

2. This must have seemed terribly threatening!

3. After all, if the waters were to return (come back together) before they got across, the would surely drown.

4. However, Moses believed God’s promise to hold the waters back until the last Israelite was safely across, and acting upon Moses faith, the people crossed.

5. Not only did God keep his promise to hold the waters back, He also kept his promise to bring the waters together again, and in doing so destroy Pharaoh’s army.

 

Conclusion:

 

A.   And so, according to our text, there were at least three times in the life of Moses when he demonstrated an extraordinary faith in God.

1. First of all, when he left Egypt.

2. Secondly, when he kept the Passover.

3. Finally, when he passed through the Red Sea.

 

B.   Someone asks, “How did he do it? What was his secret? How was Moses able to demonstrate such extraordinary faith in God?”

1. The answer is found in our text.

2. Notice again Vrs. 27, especially the last part, “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.”

3. In other words, he kept his eyes fixed upon his God!

4. Do you know what our problem is, at least most of the time?

5. We have our eyes fixed on this world and not on our God!

 

C.   In closing, let me ask you a question.

1. What’s more important to you, the present things that this world has to offer, or the future rewards that will come from serving God with your life?

2. Have you made the choice that Moses made?

3. Moses chose to “suffer affliction with the people of God” rather than to “enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.”

4. Moses chose the “reproach of Christ” rather than the “treasures” of Egypt.

5. Have you made this same choice?

6. Oh, it won’t benefit you a lot now, but you’ll be so glad you did when you stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

 

D.   Are you saved? (Do you have the blood of Jesus applied to your heart?)