“By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward” (Hebrews 11:24-26).
Moses had a choice to make between the throne of the world’s greatest empire or join a race of slaves. And he was even tempted to think that if he became the king of Egypt, he would be in an ideal position to free his people from slavery. But he chose to unite himself with God’s people because the ruler of Egypt was regarded as a pagan god and was surrounded with the most corrupted atmosphere of idolatry and heathenism.
Moses refused Pharaoh’s honor, rank, wealth and power because of his confidence in the high destiny God had prepared for him and his people. To the seeing eye, Moses choice was utterly unwise since the Hebrews were slaves to the strongest nation on earth. Only faith in the promises of God could have led him to refuse the throne of Egypt. Moses studied the promise of the Messiah, and understood that He will come from the seed of the Hebrews who will be liberated from Egypt. So, by faith, he planned to be a part of that great plan of salvation that will be a blessing to all nations (Gen. 22:18; Gal. 3:8, 16).
Even as leader of the Hebrew people, Moses suffered much “affliction” in the wilderness. The Hebrews were stiff-necked and rebellious, and constantly murmuring people. From a worldly prospective, his choice had little to offer as far as pleasure and accomplishment. Moses’ eye was fixed upon the promises and privileges of the covenant relationship.
Like Paul 15 centuries later (Phil. 3:7, 8), Moses voluntarily exchanged the impressive but gaudy glory and power of the present for the invisible, promises and privileges of the God’s Word. For the eternal reward appealed more to him than the more immediate, material rewards that accompanied the throne of Egypt.
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