Gospel Faith in the Old Testament: Moses part 1

Moses

Hebrews 11:23-28

Exodus 1-12

So much of today’s message is not directly applicable to specific situations.

Frankly, it’s not often one can do that from the front of the church because one is then addressing s single person and their situation and that should be reserved for private conversations.

The reality is that many of us come in to the public gathering of the saints and we bring the day, the weekend or the week or even the month’s baggage.

Weekly, my request to Father is that he would have Spirit take his word and cause it to be spoken in such a way that it would be grace in healing, instruction or correction to whoever needs it.

Today, because the Father has allowed in his providence this passage for this day that there are some even all who need the encouragement of this passage. So, here we go.

We live by faith and not by sight!

The assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen!

There is assurance that my hope in the eternal plan of God to do his people good is grounded in reality and my convictions, my actions are lined up with that hope so that the totality of my being is moving toward the kingdom of God.

By this faith through his grace we will received our commendation hearing,  “well done, good and faithful servant.”

In this section, regarding Moses and his family, faith is portrayed as a force sustaining God’s people in times of opposition and difficulty, enabling them to overcome fear and temptation and to fulfill Father’s purposes for them.

1. Moses’ parents obeyed God rather than men and trusted Father’s providence

“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.” Hebrews 11:23 ESV

With this transition to the life of Moses, the writer began to focus on the way faith confronts opposition and hostility, a subject familiar to his readers (chapter 10).

It was by faith that his parents hid Moses and his life was, therefore, preserved.

The phrase because they saw he was no ordinary child might be better read, “because they saw he was a beautiful child.” (“Beautiful” is the Gr. asteion, which occurs in the NT only here and in Acts 7:20, which also refers to Moses.)

Happy by the precious gift of a son, which God had given them, they evidently believed God had something better for this lovely baby than death.

Not fearing Pharaoh’s law, they kept him alive, and Father rewarded their faith by their son’s distinguished vocation of leading the Lord’s people from slavery to the edge of the Promised Land.

The fearlessness in obeying the dictates of Holy Spirit heart and conscience in the face of danger, and in the reliance on the Lord’s providence, displayed gospel faith.

Moses’ parents were in a place in which, according to the government of Egypt, would not be allowed to keep their baby. The king had given the command to kill all the boy babies on the king’s dime.

However, fearing the Lord, Moses’ parents resisted and hid their child because they believed Father had plan and they were not going to submit to rebellion against the Lord’s truth.

A couple of points to consider if you have believed the Gospel:

A. Gospel faith will obey Father first and others last

This requires knowing Father and his word so that one can apply the nature and character of God to all situations.

There are things that make Father livid. We, likewise, should be livid and moved to action.

1. This gives bible-believing Christians an edge (not competitive edge

but a sharpness and pointedness in their living)

B. Gospel faith will trust the Lord’s providence

Moses family did all they could do and then put their baby in a pitch covered basked and sent him down the river in a guided direction.

Then, Pharaoh’s daughter finds him, his sister is watching. Pharaoh’s daughter sends Moses’ sister to find a nurse. Sister goes and gets mama and Pharaoh pays Moses’ mama to take care of him for her until he is done nursing (the text does not give an exact timing; it just says older).

God is continually involved with all created things in such a way that he (1) keeps them existing and maintaining the properties with which he created them; (2) cooperates with created things in every action, directing their distinctive properties to cause them to act as they do; and (3) directs them to fulfill his purposes. – Grudem (Chapter 16, Systematic
Theology)

1. This looks like doing all you can that is within your sphere of

work.

This means you can’t control what happens outside of your sphere. All you can do is do your absolute best to be as right and clear and on as you can be in so far as it concerns truth and your behavior. When this is the case, the Christian can relax and believe that Father is at work outside of themselves and he will not fail.

2. This looks like letting Father be sovereign over the outcomes

This means that the Christian does not have to deliver themselves by manipulating circumstances outside of one’s control.

3. This looks like refusing to fret because of what we can’t control

1. Matthew 6:25-34 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his

righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” 6:33

 

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