Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Hebrews 11:23-31

In our reading today, Paul uses Moses as inspiration for the Hebrew Christians to whom he is writing this letter. One verse in today's reading is of particular interest to me. It is verse 26, "He (Moses) regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward."

Two items strike my fancy from verse 26. The first is, "for the sake of Christ". Certainly Moses lived long before Jesus came to earth, thus what do these words mean? Perhaps they mean that when Moses suffered, he suffered with the same Christ whom Paul urged his readers to identify. We do not know how much Moses understood about Christ - we do know that Paul was asking the Hebrew Christians, and us, to identify with the attitudes and experiences of Moses.

The second item is, "looking ahead to his reward." Moses, being raised by Pharaoh's daughter, decided to leave Pharaoh's court and live with his own people. Can you imagine how others must have looked at this decision? Surely Moses' palace friends must have regarded his choice as stupid. However, Moses was looking beyond the short time, in comparison to all eternity, each of us spends in this life and looking towards his time in heaven. Moses knew that spiritual treasurers would last while material advantages and prestige are temporary at best. It is easy to be deceived by the temporary benefits of wealth, popularity, status, and achievement, and to be blind to the long-range benefits of God's kingdom. Faith helps us look beyond this world's value system to see the external values of God's kingdom.

Wishing you much success in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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