Thursday, December 19, 2013

Pastoral Pings ~ Salvation by Faith for Egyptian Prince

          Tada!!! I just learned something! Moses was saved by grace through faith! So often I have only seen how Moses was a man of faith, and how he grew up to prefer association with the enslaved people of God rather than selfishly enjoying the pleasures of sin in Pharaoh’s household.[1] However, Moses making this incredible decision to forsake his princely inheritance of pleasure in Egypt and bear with the sufferings of the people of God was all “by faith”.

          It was by faith that Moses “refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter”. It was by faith that Moses chose “rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin”.  It was by faith that he “considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt”. It was by faith that he “was looking ahead to the reward” that could not be seen; and it was by faith that he had the “assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”.[2]

          There is no doubt that Moses’ faith was exemplary. Even his salvation out of Egypt, his participation in the grand exodus from Egyptian slavery, was by faith: “by faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible”.

          However, long before Moses had the faith to forsake all the luxuries and pleasures that were his as a prince of Egypt, his life was already surrounded by faith. When Moses was born, there was a faith that saved him from a more imminent and immediate threat than what he was afraid would happen forty years later when he killed the Egyptian slave-driver,[3] or eighty years later when God spoke through a burning bush and told him to go lead Israel to their freedom in Christ.[4] Moses’ life was in danger of being snuffed out the very day of his birth.

          The same Scriptures that extol the exemplary faith of Moses, tells us that, “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.[5] Moses’ parents could not surrender their child to the king’s murderous edict, and so they were willing to save their child by their faith. It was by their faith that they hid Moses for three months. It was by faith that his mother made the basket, coated it with tar, and set Moses among the reeds where she trusted God would preserve him from Pharaoh’s death squads.[6]

          Moses was saved by the grace of God operating to provide a Savior-Deliverer. This grace of God did its work through the faith of Moses’ parents who were willing to face whatever trouble would come from Pharaoh himself if it meant they could save their son from the deadly edict that was hanging over their child’s head. Their faith saved him during his first few months, and his faith saved him eight decades later when he followed the presence of God in a pillar of cloud and fire right on out of the Egyptian slavery.

          Today this lesson was one more encouraging reminder that “by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.[7] At the same time, it was a convicting reminder that we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.[8]

          Now, while the good works God calls people like us to do in this day and age may seem tremendously smaller than what Moses did in delivering Israel out of Egypt, it is the same God who makes us his workmanship, and who prepares for us the works he wants us to do. Let us “walk in them” with the same faith as Moses and his parents, living in the same grace they received from God our Father.

          From my heart,


© 2013 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8 ~

Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.)


[1] Hebrews 11:23-28
[2] Hebrews 11:1
[3] Exodus 2:11-22
[4] Exodus 3
[5] Hebrews 11:23
[6] Exodus 2:1-10
[7] Ephesians 2:8-9
[8] Ephesians 2:10

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