Faith of our Fathers: Moses views Reproach as greater than Riches

Exodus 2:11-15

What do you write in a slug’s Valentine’s Day
card?” “Be my Valen-slime!”
“What did the paper clip say to the magnet?” “I
find you very attractive.”
“What did the stamp say to the envelope on
Valentine’s Day?” “I’m stuck on you!”
“Why didn’t the skeleton want to send any
Valentine’s Day cards?” “His heart wasn’t in it.”
“Why did the sheriff lock up their valentine?”
“She stole their heart.”
“What do you call two birds in love?”
“Tweethearts!”
“How can you tell when a squirrel is in love?”
“It goes nuts!”
“I thought I won the argument with my wife as to
how to arrange the dining room furniture.
But when I got home the tables were turned.”

Let’s turn once again to the 11th chapter of Hebrews
where we will see the Biblical definition of faith.
Hebrews 11:1-2,6 “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

We have spent several weeks now learning about the
faith of our fathers. From Noah, to Abraham, Isaac and
Jacob and last week we saw the faith of Moses’ parents.

Today we delve into the faith of Moses.

Our text is found in Exodus 2:11-15

Now, Moses had grown up. Exodus doesn’t tell us what
age he was, but if you look in Acts 7:23 you will see that
Moses was approaching the age of 40.
He spent all that time away from his people, in the lap of
luxury, in the midst of comfort and prestige.
By Faith, Moses chose God’s people over his Comfort

The Bible tells us that Moses looked upon the hard labor
of his brethren.
That word means more than to just see.
It means to see with emotion.
That emotion was likely distress.
He wasn’t happy that his people were under oppression
by the Egyptians.

He left the comfort of Pharaoh’s palace to return to the
people of Israel, his own people.
Listen to how Hebrews 11:24-25 tells of the faith of
Moses. “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,”

He recognized that his life on easy street was really
nothing more than glorified sin. The pleasure that comes
with sin only lasts a moment, then regret.

Isn’t that how the devil always tries to get us roped into
sin? He makes it appealing and attempts to keep us from
realizing how our behavior breaks the heart of God.

Moses Defended his people

Not only were the Israelites being forced to work long
hours doing grueling work, but the Egyptians felt free to
beat them if they didn’t like the work they were doing.

Moses notices an Egyptian beating one of his brethren, so
he looked this way and that and then struck down the
Egyptian, killing him.

If we turn to Acts 7:24 we read that Moses defended his
brethren and took vengeance on him by killing the
Egyptian who was mistreating the man.

I want to read Acts 7:25 “And he supposed that his
brethren understood that God was granting them
deliverance through him, but they did not
understand.”

Remember, at this point Moses is yet to see God in the
burning bush, he is yet to go before Pharaoh and ask him
to let my people go, he is yet to lead them out of
bondage and oppression. He will deliver them, but they
don’t know it yet! It’s all part of God’s plan.

I want to take a look at how Hebrews 11 explains Moses’
faith. It’s Hebrews 11:26 “considering the reproach
of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt;
for he was looking to his reward.”

Moses views Reproach > Riches

Most of us don’t consider reproach as riches do we? The Hebrew writer gives us a glimpse into the heart of
Moses. His faith was great enough to realize that
enduring ill-treatment and rejection is exactly what Christ
dealt with while He was on earth.
Moses counted it as a reward greater than all the
treasures of Egypt.

Moses experienced that rejection from his own people
when he encountered two Hebrew men fighting the day
after he killed the Egyptian. He determined who was at
fault and tried to reconcile them in peace. But the man
didn’t want peace. He brought up the previous day asking
if Moses intended on killing him like he killed the
Egyptian.

I want to go back to the last phrase of Hebrews 11:26
“for he was looking to the reward”
Moses had a heavenly view of his time on earth.
He understood that God desired faith from him and he
understood that he had been faithful.

Remember v.2 of our focal verse, for by it (faith) the
men of old gained approval.
That brings us to our time of application

APPLICATION

We must
Look to our Reward

We have to remember that we are citizens of heaven. We
are temporary aliens on earth, we are here for however
long God decides to have us here and then we get to be
with Him forever.

We look to our reward when we stay focused on Him.
Fixing our eyes on Him and

We Abide in Him through worship, prayer, Bible
reading, meditation and memorization.
He is the author and perfecter of our faith.

We look to our reward when we live differently than the
world. We should be storing up treasures in heaven.
Inviting friends to church, being kind to the least of
these, sharing the good news of Christ with our friends,
family and coworkers.

People of the world don’t care about a heavenly reward.
They are only concerned with the present, they have no
care about the future.