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By Faith, Moses and his Parents

23 By faith Moses, after he was born, was hidden by his parents for three months, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they didn’t fear the king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter 25 and chose to suffer with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasure of sin. 26 For he considered reproach for the sake of Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, since he was looking ahead to the reward. (Hebrews 11:23-26)

Continuing through the “Hall of Faith,” we have the unnamed parents of Moses. Their story of hiding their child is found in Exodus 2:1-10. The author of Hebrews mentions two interesting observations in the parents’ actions. First, they saw that Moses was a unique child, “that the child was beautiful.” Not only did the author of Hebrews recognize this, but Stephen as well in Acts 7:20, “At this time Moses was born, and he was beautiful in God’s sight. He was cared for in his father’s home for three months.” Moses’ parents believed that he was destined for something greater. Second, “they didn’t fear the king’s edict.” At the time, in Exodus 1:22, “Pharaoh then commanded all his people, “You must throw every son born to the Hebrews into the Nile, but let every daughter live.” Yet, Moses’ parents believed that God would protect their son, and in the end, Moses’ life was spared in Exodus 2:8-9.

When Moses grew up, he “refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter and chose to suffer with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasure of sin.” Moses could have had an “easy life,” living in the palace and getting anything he desired, yet, he deliberately chose to be with his people who were suffering and were slaves. What was Moses’ motivation? Moses was motivated by faith in the future, “looking ahead to the reward.”

Although Christ was hundreds of years after Moses, both Stephen in Acts 7 and the author of Hebrews recognize that both individuals experienced persecution. As Thomas Lea writes, “When Moses suffered, he suffered with the same Christ whom the writer urged his readers to identify.”

Over and over, throughout this chapter, the author wants to show individuals as good examples to follow in their acts of faith. Moses’ parents were facing a terrifying time, as families all around them were having their newborn baby sons killed. Yet, in those moments, faith is of utmost important over fear. And indeed, through their faith in God, believing that He would provide, Moses was protected. With Moses, although the earthly pleasures may have tempted him, he believed that God had better than “the treasures of Egypt.” May we have faith that triumphs over our fears and doubts, and may we have a faith that draws our attention away from the temptations and temporary pleasures of this world, and instead, to our loving God who will provide a better and everlasting treasure in heaven.


Isaac De Guzman


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