Hebrews 11:23-29

23 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.

24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,

25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,

26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.

28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.

by faith (v.23) — of Moses’ parents

beautiful (v.23) — physically attractive, but also in the snese that God had a purpose for him (Acts 7:20)

king’s command (v.23) = mandate — that all male children were to be killed

son of Pharaoh’s daughter (v.24) — and probably heir to the throne

choosing (v.25) — choosing as a single and definite act (Exodus 2:11)

people of God (v.25) — it was this, and not just that they were his people, that prompted Moses’ choice

esteeming (v.26) — a single and definite act

reproach of Christ (v.26) — the reproach that Christ endured

looked (v.26) = fixed his gaze upon

Christ (v.26) — Moses knew of the Messiah (Deuteronomy 18:15). Moses didn’t understand what the Messiah would do, or anything except that God would sent a Prophet. It is the writer of Hebrews who connects Moses’ experience with that of Christ.

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