Summary: Moses acquired faith from his mother, had the caring influences of brother and sister, experienced educational excellence by his adopted mother; yet divinely prepared by God.
1. What was Moses’ relationship to God? Note the “signature” identification of the following three great Old Testament leaders. “Moses my servant” (Num. 12:7), Abraham my friend, David my king.
2. What does a servant do? Obey. We could possess Moses’ faith, if we had his obedience.
3. What was Moses’ great failure? Disobedience? We usually fail at our strengths, not our weaknesses.
4. What was Moses’ first observed act? “By faith Moses . . . refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter” (Heb. 11:24). A daring act to forsake your own plans for God’s, to seek out and do God’s will absolutely, to absolutely surrender to God, to be fully persuaded God would do all He has promised.
B. MOSES’ BACKGROUND
“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child” (Heb. 11:23).
1. Moses was born among greatness. Egypt was the most powerful nation on earth; it had the pyramids, center of world trade, art, religion, and military might. One small child against the world.
2. Moses was from an alien race. 300 years earlier Pharaoh had invited Israel to Egypt and let them live in Goshen. Now God’s people are slaves.
3. Moses belonged to an oppressed people. “Lives bitter with hard bondage” (Ex. 1:14).
4. Moses was born into danger. “If it is a son, then you shall kill him” (Ex. 1:16). “In the darkest night, God shines His great light.”
5. Moses was way above average. “A beautiful child (Ex. 2:2). “A proper child” (Heb. 11:23). “Exceeding fair” (Acts 7:20, KJV). “Well pleasing to God” (Acts 7:20, NKJV) “Divinely fair” Companion Bible.
C. MOSES PREPARATION
1. Parents were from the “praying and sacrificing” tribe. “Amram the father was of “the house of Levi” (2:1) so was Jochebed. Moses could be a priest, but called to be a prophet (Deut. 18:15) and a leader – king.
2. Moses’ older brother Aaron the first priest. Sister Miriam (Mary) the singer (Ex. 15:20-21).
3. Israel was “saved” in Egypt by Joseph, but over time worshipped Egypt’s idols. “Served other gods in Egypt” (Joshua 24:14). “Neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt” (Ez. 20:6-8).
4. God predicted Israel would suffer 400 years but would be delivered. “Shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs . . . afflict them four hundred years . . . but in the fourth generation they shall come hither again” (Gen. 15:13, 16).
5. Moses divinely prepared to be Israel’s deliverer. “This Moses . . . God sent to be a . . . . deliverer” (Acts 7:35).
6. Jochebed’s act of faith.
a. Faith’s vision. “She saw” (2:2).
b. Faith’s protection. “She had him three months” (2:2).
c. Faith’s preparation. “She took an ark” (2:2).