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39) Hebrews - Chapter 11:23 and following - By faith (continued 4)
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months. Pharaoh commanded every son to be cast into the river.
Exodus 1:22. Moses was cast into the river, but an ark was under him (Exodus 2:3). Jochebed had faith, and it was
wonderfully rewarded by Pharaoh's daughter's care and devotion. The description "a goodly child" is no doubt the
same as Acts 7:20: "Fair unto God." (Alternate reading). The parents were not just charmed by his beauty, but saw
in him a person destined to serve God. Putting him in the river was not a wavering of their faith as some suggest,
but another attempt to preserve him.
When Moses was grown up refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. How? Likely he just showed a
preference for his own people. His mother no doubt had taught him very early about his true identity. Being about
forty years old, Acts 7:24 shows that this was not a hasty, headstrong decision of a youth.
The Egyptians were learned, powerful, and influential in the world; the Hebrews were oppressed and degraded.
The world would say, "What a poor choice!" It was a choice between temporary vanity and eternal glory, and Moses
Faith in God causes one to see the folly, pleasures of sin, and glitter of wickedness that soon fades. A season or
an eternity must be our choice, and faith makes all the difference.
It is the reproach which Christ had to bear and also the reproach that all true believers have to bear. It is the
reproach of Christ's people. As He, though rich became poor to redeem mankind, so Moses despised the
treasurers of Egypt to deliver Israel.
By faith he, forsook Egypt - This does not refer to his departure into Midian, for he left them in great fear. Exodus
2:14-15. Perhaps it is when he made his choice to be among the Israelites.
By faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of the blood. The Greek language allows also "instituted" or "hath
made" for "kept." The Passover, rather than the feast later instituted, is no doubt meant by the "sprinkling" and the
reference to "the destroyer."
That the destroyer of the firstborn should not touch them. The Passover was instituted by God through Moses in
that Moses gave direction for the sprinkling. Faith caused Moses to deliver the message, and faith caused Israel to
be obedient. By faith they passed through the Red sea. The Egyptians also tried to pass through, but faith was
lacking there. Reliance upon God was the measure of faith here, for the pursuing Egyptians could easily have
swallowed them up.