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Hebrews 11:23-28

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The Faith of Moses

Hebrews 11:23-28

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Lesson Number 24

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Believers should follow the faith of Moses
    a. By refusing power and prestige
    b. By choosing pain over pleasure
    c. By obeying details without doubts

Practical Application

  1. Where do you want your name written?

Questions

  1. See Acts 4:1 God has revealed the only way of salvation. Explain this.
  2. God has not only revealed the way of salvation by faith, but He has revealed how to live by faith. How does one live by faith?
  3. Because of faith in God’s revelation to them, Moses’ parents acted and defied an edict. What did they do and whom did they dare to defy?
  4. Was it wrong of Moses’ parents to defy this edict?
  5. Give some examples where God’s laws and man’s laws are in conflict. Which authority should we obey?

Answers

  1. The only way to be saved is through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who died on the cross for our sins.
  2. God has given us examples of those who lived by faith. We see what God has revealed to be right, and also what is wrong according to His standards.
  3. They hid baby Moses because they knew he was a special child, one that God would use for His purposes. They defied Pharaoh’s edict to drown all the male babies. Read about their courage in Exodus 2.
  4. When there is a conflict between God’s laws and the laws of human government, God’s laws must be obeyed. See Acts 5:29.
  5. If ever the laws of our country demanded that we practice abortion, infanticide, or euthanasia, we must refuse to obey human authority and act on what God has revealed.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Read again Hebrews 11:24-27 and Acts 7:2 Moses was considered to be the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; he was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians; he had all the wealth of Egypt at his disposal; he had great power in the greatest kingdom on earth at the time. But he refused this available power and prestige for what he considered greater riches. By faith, Moses looked beyond the temporal riches of Egypt to the eternal rewards of heaven. Review your temporal riches and count the cost in light of eternal reward. Moses’ eyes were on the one true God. What are you willing to refuse for the sake of Christ?
  2. Moses chose to suffer affliction over a life of ease. Hebrews 11:2 The faith that pleases God involves a choice. Moses was thought to be a fool for such a choice. What have you done with the choices set before you? Are you willing to be called a fool for Christ? Have you chosen to suffer affliction with the people of God rather than partake of passing pleasure and popularity?
  3. Refer to Hebrews 11:28 and Exodus 12:12-1 God’s revelation to Moses did not make sense from a human standpoint, but Moses didn’t doubt God concerning what came to be known as the Passover. Moses believed and obeyed God without doubting. Do you believe what God has revealed without doubting?

Challenge

  1. Moses’ name is written not in stone in Egypt, but in the annals of heaven. Where do you want your name written? See Luke 10:20. Is your name written in heaven?

Key Verses

  • “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king ’s command.” -Hebrews 11:23
  • “…choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt…” -Hebrews 11:24-25
  • “…he endured as seeing Him Who is invisible.” -Hebrews 11:27

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