Read - Exodus 1:1-11 and Hebrews 11:23
Message - Alan Burke
Today as we look to the book of Exodus once more, but as we do so we begin by looking to Hebrews, for there the parents of Moses are listed among the great people of faith (Heb 11:23). But why are they listed there? Well in Exodus 2 we learn of these two parents who had a son and “…when she (Moses’ Mother) saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months.” It doesn’t seem that remarkable, but when you remember that chapter 1 closed with Pharaoh commanded all his people, that every son that is born to the Hebrews should be cast into the Nile we understand that these were not normal circumstances and that these two parents were risking everything so that their son would live.
It is because the parents of Moses lived with the certainty of receiving what God had promised but they had not yet received though Jesus Christ. The faith they had was not a vague hope that is grounded in imaginary or wishful thinking. Instead it is the hope that believers have in faith is based on assurance and that assurance is based on God’s character, it is not an unknowable leap in the dark but it is confident trust in the eternal God.
These godly parents had confidence to go against the most powerful man in the world and in who God is, in His character, that He is who He says He is. The parents of Moses through their faith they recognised that God’s hand was on Moses and that he was a fine child (Ex 2:2). Moses’ parents disobeyed the king by faith, not being afraid of what the king might do to them if he discovered that they had been hiding their child for three months. God used these parents’ courageous act to place their son, the Hebrew of his choice, in the house of Pharaoh.
In it all God was at work and he used the faith of these parents to raise up Moses to lead his people out of Egypt to deliver them from their bondage, just as Moses was drawn out of the water, he would later draw God’s people out of Egypt through the sea, all of it by God’s work, for God who has the power to work in human history to accomplish salvation. Moses would be a saviour of God’s people, but he was not the Saviour, for there was still another saviour to be born, one of whom God though Moses spoke of, “one greater than I from among the people” (Acts 3:22, Deut 18:15-22). This Saviour was worthy of greater honour than Moses (Heb 3:3), he was no ordinary child, he was the Son of God, God incarnate, his name is Jesus because he would save his people from their sins (Matt 1:21).
This saviour has now come, he is the one that we must turn to and have faith in, he is the hope that believers have. In faith we have assurance and that assurance is based on God’s character, it is not an unknowable leap in the dark but it is confident trust in the eternal God who is all powerful the God who has revealed himself though his word and the word incarnate our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whose promises have been proven, the God who will never leave us or forsake us. Even in the midst of these strange days we are to have faith for God is working out his purposes in the midst of it all.
Q57 Which is the fourth commandment?
The fourth commandment is, Remember the Sabbath-day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath-day, and hallowed it. (Exod. 20:8–11)