Summary: Faith shines by the stands we take before we experience anything. Moses was an example.
Heb 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Faith shines by the stands we take before we experience anything.
1. Refused to be called the son of Pharoah
Psa 84:10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Even just to be called!!
2. Refused to enjoy the pleasures of sin
Joh 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
2Ti 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
Joh 15:18-20 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
Luk 6:22-23 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
What was common in all men of faith throughout history is their stand and not their victories.
Many won victories, but many others were martyred too, however all took honorable stands for truth.
3. Refused the riches of Egypt
For what? Reproach of Christ!!
Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
1Pe 4:12-16 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an vildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
Heb 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
How could he have reused all this? For what? Reward!!!
What was this reward?
A smooth journey! 40 years in the wilderness.
Recognition from his nation?
Act 7:35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge?
The promise land!
Num 20:12 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
His reward was more precious than any earthly material blessings, was more precious than any recognition or comfort. It was the true reward than any believer should seek and ask for.
Deu 34:10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face
He refused … he received.
Pastor Tony Skaff