Faith of Fathers : Moses’ Birth Faith > Fear

Exodus 1:15-22, 2:1-10

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This morning we are going to turn our attention to the faith of
Moses’ parents and the faith of the midwives.
Our text is found in Exodus 1 and 2 this morning, but before we
turn there, let’s take a moment to refresh our memory by
reviewing our focal verse for this series.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the
conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained
approval.
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who
comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a
rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:1-2,6

Last week we examined the faith of Jacob, whose name was
changed to Israel by God. We saw the growth of his faith
throughout his life. It started out small but grew over time. Even though he didn’t live a perfect life, God still allowed him to
be mentioned in the hall of faith!

Now before we turn to Exodus, let’s see how the Hebrew writer
describes this faith event.
Hebrews 11:23 “By faith Moses, when he was born, was
hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he
was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s
edict.

Moses’ Parents Model Faith over Fear
The Hebrew writer gives us two reasons Moses’ parents hid him
rather than allowing him to be thrown into the Nile. He was a beautiful child – this is more than just physical
beauty. Acts 7:20 tells us “It was at this time that Moses
was born; and he was lovely in the sight of God, and he
was nurtured three months in his father’s home.”

The Hebrew writer gives us two reasons Moses’ parents hid him rather than allow him to be thrown into the Nile:

Moses was lovely in the sight of God

The Hebrew writer gives us two reasons Moses’ parents hid him
rather than allowing him to be thrown into the Nile:

1. He was a beautiful child – this is more than just physical
beauty. Acts 7:20 tells us “It was at this time that Moses
was born; and he was lovely in the sight of God, and he
was nurtured three months in his father’s home.”

a. Moses was lovely in the sight of God

b. He was going to be used in a mighty way by God

c. He used the faith of Moses’ father and mother to
preserve his life which would eventually be used to lead
the nation of Israel out from the oppression of Egypt

2. They were not afraid of the king’s edict – the king
commanded the midwives to throw every boy into the Nile
and let every girl live.

Moses’ parents weren’t worried about consequences to
themselves. They simply walked by faith believing that God was
going to do something great with their son.

The overwhelming theme of today’s message is:

Faith is greater than fear.

Turn with me to Exodus 1:15-22
Pharaoh wasn’t happy that the Israelites were increasing in
number. They were surpassing the number of Egyptians and he
didn’t like it. First, he tried to discourage them by making them do
hard labor. That didn’t work. T hey kept on increasing in number.
Next, he orders every male to be put to death. If there are no
males born, the Israelites will not be able to survive as a people.
His method of carrying out this heinous act was to have the
midwives catch the babies as the mother’s gave birth and throw
them into the Nile.
It’s an evil plan, and one that God would not allow to happen.
The midwives heard the edict but didn’t obey it.
They feared God more than they feared Pharaoh!

Let’s talk about the difference between fear of man & fear of God
Fear of man is only related to physical consequence on earth.
Jesus taught His disciples about this in Matthew 10.
He told them not to fear man who can only kill the body, but fear
God who has the power to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Fear of God is more about reverence and awe and eternal
consequences. The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the
beginning of wisdom. The better we understand this the closer we
will get in our walk with God.

Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man brings a snare, but he who
trusts in the Lord will be exalted.”

Midwives Fear God in Faith

God was good to the midwives and established households for
them.
Remember Hebrews 11:6 “and without faith it is impossible to
please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is
and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”
God is a rewarder of those who seek Him!!!
The midwives showed faith by seeking God and obeying His
commands rather than the evil commands of man.

Let’s take just a moment to talk about how this is relevant to us
today. As a general rule we should obey the laws of man, but
when they come in contradiction to the law of God, we must obey
God’s law over mans’ law. It happened with Peter and the
apostles in Acts 5. They were placed in prison for preaching
Jesus. Peter responded by saying, we must obey God rather
than men.

Moses’ Parents Trusted God for their Child’s Future

Exodus 2:1-10
They knew they could no longer keep the baby hidden without
being caught so they put him in a basket and placed him in the
river. Then God showed His awesome favor on the family.
Notice how God even used the daughter of the one who made the
crazy edict to further His plan!!

The daughter of Pharaoh allows the baby to be given back to his
mother to be nursed. She also was planning on giving her wages
for nursing her own baby!
What a blessing. It’s God’s providence.
He is always at work in our lives.
So, how does God want us to apply the Scripture to our lives this
week?

APPLICATION

Do Not Fear

There are many things in life that can cause us to fear.
We may not always understand what God is doing in the world
around us, but we have to consider our viewpoint of our circumstances.
When we fear we are saying to God that we care more about
or comfort than His glory!

If we view circumstances as a means to God shaping us into who
He wants us to be, then we will respond much differently than if
we are trying to avoid the uncomfortable situations.
God often uses difficult situations to help us trust Him more!
Have you ever heard the Acronym for FEAR?
False Evidence Appearing Real
Fear is believing in a lie.
Satan is the father of lies.

He will do anything he can to get us to doubt or fear rather than
have faith in our heavenly Father.

Entrust our Children to the Lord’s Care
This one is easier said than done.
But it’s the truth.

There are 4 stages of parenthood
Discipline – birth – 5. During this time you set the rules and help
the child understand right and wrong.

Training – 6-12. Here the parent acts as a role model. You show
them how to do things and lead by example.

Coaching – 13-19. Now the child is actually in the game. They are
out there in the world living life but they still have you as a coach
to guide them and help them recognize mistakes and areas of
opportunity. But you aren’t playing the game, they are.

Friendship – 20 and up. Here you can offer advice if solicited, but
know that they are grown and can make their own decisions.
It’s at this time that you have to sit back and trust that God is in
control of their lives.

Aren’t you glad you didn’t have to let yours drift down the river at
3 months old?!?

God is in control and He wants us to have Faith > Fear
Do you trust Him?