Summer Devotional and Sermon Series
Week 10/Heroes: Moses
In writing these devotions, the intent is two-fold, 1) to introduce you to the stories of these “Heroes” of faith as listed in Hebrews 11, and 2) for you to see the common thread that these are not just stories about individuals but about the one big story. God’s story. For this week’s focus on Moses, we cannot forget all the nameless people of faith who also lived lives full of faith. Exodus 1 never mentions him but those that represented are key to the greater story.
Joseph was long forgotten by the Pharaohs in Egypt. So was the good will towards the Hebrews. The Egyptians oppressed them in slavery as an attempt to control them. But the Hebrews were breeding like rabbits so much so that the midwives were ordered to kill all the boys at birth. It was clearly a hostile environment to work in. But the Bible says that these faithful women “feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.” They didn’t fear the one who had all of Egypt in his hand. They feared the one who has ALL the nations in his hand. They understood who is really in charge and lived accordingly. God blessed them because of their faithfulness.
That just brings up an interesting thought. Who do you fear? In the margins of my Bible I wrote that statement dated November 2011. Do you fear people or do you fear God? Do you let people have power over you? Before you answer that question I need to tell you about another note I made next to that points me to Matthew 25:14-30. It’s a parable Jesus tells about how someday he will come again and ask for an accounting of the life you have been given to invest in the work of the kingdom. The Master is certainly portrayed as someone to be feared. There I have underlined the phrase “Sir, you entrusted me with five talents. See I have gained five more.” Matt 14:20. I was wondering, “what exactly does God want me to do?” Then I have an arrow pointing to the next parable (a set of three told at the same time) and the following verse, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
So, who do you fear?