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On Hebrews 11: Moses

He [Moses] considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible – Heb 11:26-27.

Read: Exodus 2:11-15

Interact: Why did Moses kill the Egyptian? Why did Moses run?

Reflect: Was it wrong for Moses to kill the Egyptian? Yes. Was it impetuous and foolish? Was it misguided? Yes. But was Moses’ actions here a sign of something deeper? Yes. The key to this passage comes in the form of a question from one of the Israelites who saw Moses kill the Egyptian: “Who made you a prince and a judge over us?” The simple answer: God did. See, God had a calling on Moses’ life to be the deliverer of Israel from the hands of Pharaoh and Egypt.  Sure, Moses seems to have jumped the gun a little here, but not because he was off base. He was the one who was to protect and intercede for the Hebrews. Just not yet. Two things to particularly take of which to take note in this passage. 1) From early on, God had a plan for Moses’ life to deliver Israel from the oppression of Egypt. It just wasn’t by way of murder. 2) Moses never wanted this role. It’s not like he was asking for it. He was a messed up guy who rushed God’s plan and tried to do it his own way. He was, in many ways, a reluctant leader, quick to point out his own shortcomings so that people look not at him, but at God as the Savior and Deliverer of Israel.

Respond: What is God calling you to in life? How are you trying to rush his plan? How do your shortcomings point people to Christ? Pray, asking God to forgive you of rushing his plan but share your eagerness for him to use you, shortcomings and all, to point people to the God who saves.


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