Exodus 3: 1-5
Hebrews 11: 23-31
Hebrews 11:23 “By faith Moses, parents hid him for three months, …and they were not afraid of the Kings edict.”
Hebrews 11:25 Moses..”Chose rather to endure ill treatment with the children of YHVH than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the ‘contumelies’ of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt.” Obviously I have used a rather archaic word here, ‘contumely,’ rather than the word ‘reproaches,’ as found in your Bible, because it conveys a stronger meaning. Contumely is defined as “contemptuous rudeness, humiliating treatment, a scornful insult.” Moses would rather be scolded severely by Christ, than enjoy the obscene wealth, and elite entitlement of Egypt. I find it fascinating that the writer here places the faith of Moses who lived centuries before Jesus, equal with the same faith we have today in this same Jesus. The Cross of Christ being the focal point of all history. Moses was one whom YHVH revealed the Word of God, the Law of God to. Before Moses, Israel was only a family, rather large mind you, and only after God calls Moses and delivers them from bondage do they become a nation, a people of God’s own choosing.
Moses was surely a type of Christ, who was raised with wealth, beyond our imagination, and yet made the choice to endure poverty in order to secure freedom for his people. 2 Corinthians 8.9 ” For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.” Moses, in obedience to God, by faith approached the Pharaoh of Egypt with the demand “Let my people go.” He then put the blood of a lamb on the door posts and headers of his home, in hopes of warding off the Angel of death. He then led Israel to Mount Horeb in Arabia to receive the Commandments of God. By faith Moses, being a type of Christ, trusted Christ, without ever even imagining such grace.
Moses delivered God’s Law to Israel. How could he imagine that Israel would not be able to obey that Law, how could he imagine that the Law would not enable them to obey, and thus prove nothing more than to reveal their sin. Moses was a type, a promise, an example, a prophecy of a Savior, a deliverer. By faith Moses saw the future, he saw Jesus, he regarded His chastisement as better than the wealth of this world. Moses was a promissory note, an I O U, of a payment due. Jesus was the full payment, the actual bullion. Moses was a physical example of what Jesus would then fulfill as a Spiritual reality.
In the Exodus passage Moses comes upon the burning bush, and regards it with faith, hearing the word of God and by faith obeys the instruction given. To be called to face your enemy, the most powerful man on earth, and make ridiculous demands of him who could snuff you out like a candle, requires a view of God, beyond intellectual assentation. It requires a saving faith. A faith beyond rescue, a faith above hope, a faith of complete dependance. Before God had even revealed a coming Messiah, a Savior, Moses trusted in Him.
It’s always good to be reminded that we have a loving God, who by His grace and mercy has provided us with a salvation that is a surety. From ages past and for ages to come Jesus is our deliverer. A Savior in whom we can surely trust.