Lesson 44

The Epistle to the Hebrews

World English Bible translation

 Today's Scripture

11:23 By faith, Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that he was a beautiful child, and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. 11:24 By faith, Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, 11:25 choosing rather to share ill treatment with God's people, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a time; 11:26 accounting the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he looked to the reward. 11:27 By faith, he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 11:28 By faith, he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of the blood, that the destroyer of the firstborn should not touch them. 11:29 By faith, they passed through the Red Sea as on dry land. When the Egyptians tried to do so, they were swallowed up.

Today's Lesson    

Abraham was the father of the nation of Israel. In fact, he was the father of many nations. But, if anyone was a match for the stature of Abraham that man would be Moses. Moses was the lawgiver. He led the people from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. God chose Moses to bring the Covenant of Law to his people and to make through Moses a great nation.


The life of Moses was a story of faith, from beginning to end. In the beginning there was the faith of his parents. The Hebrew slaves of Egypt had been commanded to destroy all male children by throwing them into the Nile River. Moses' parents, however, made plans to save the child. They hid him away for three months and when they could hide him no longer they set him adrift on the river in a papyrus basket. It was there that the daughter of Pharaoh discovered Moses.


Moses had grown up in the household of Pharaoh. All of the power and privilege of the Egyptian aristocracy was his. When Moses was forty years old he found out that he was an Israelite. When he discovered his heritage, he could have rejected God's people and continued to live as an Egyptian. But Moses took up the cause of the Hebrew slaves and killed one of the Egyptians who was beating one of the slaves. It was by faith that Moses left the land of the Egypt and went into the wilderness of Midian.


After forty years in Midian, Moses encountered God in the burning bush. He was sent back to Egypt to lead the people out of bondage. By faith Moses called forth the plagues upon the land of the Egyptians. In the worst of all the plagues, the angel of death came upon the people of Egypt. Moses brought the people God's gift of the Passover. They sprinkled the blood of the lamb on their doorsteps and placed their faith and their trust in the Lord who would deliver them.


After God had delivered them, they fled into the wilderness with the gold of the Egyptians that God had commanded them to take. When the Egyptians had recovered from the their losses, they sought revenge on the Israelites and sent out an army to slay them. They cornered the Israelites along the Red Sea and would have destroyed them utterly if God had not intervened. God separated the waters and the Israelites walked across on dry land. When the Egyptians tried to follow them, the water returned and the entire army was swallowed up.


From first to last, the life of Moses was exemplified by faith. Second only to Abraham, his life was filled with examples of times when Moses placed his faith and his trust in the God that he counted on to delivery him.


What could you learn from the life of Abraham and Moses? Are you known as a man or woman of faith?


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