A major test of our character is what we choose—and what we do not choose.
As an infant, Moses was adopted by the Egyptian princess and was given a first-rate Egyptian education (Acts 7:20-22). Moses had it all. But then he gave it all up. Why?
“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward” (Hebrews 11:24-26).
Moses would appreciate John Newton’s great hymn, “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken,” which includes these lines: “Fading is the worldling’s pleasure,/All his boasted pomp and show;/Solid joys and lasting treasure/None but Zion’s children know.”
On two separate occasions, decades later, God was so angry with Israel that He told Moses he would destroy them and make Moses the father of a great nation. Moses declined the honor and pled with God to spare Israel. And God did (Exodus 32:7-14; Numbers 14:11-20).
God promised to raise up an even greater Prophet like Moses—none other than Jesus Himself (Deuteronomy 18:15; Acts 3:19-24; John 5:45-47).
Moses endured because he was “looking to the reward” (Hebrews 11:26). Jesus endured “for the joy set before Him” (Hebrews 12:1-3).
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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