April 4, the Twenty-Third Day of Lent

April 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command.

-Hebrews 11.23-

At this point, the author of Hebrews shifts his attention to Moses, another key figure in Israel’s history. Like Abraham, Moses was the hand-picked person that God used to accomplish his will for the Hebrew nation. Since Moses is a significant figure, the author takes several verses to deal with events in his life.

However, this passage does not focus upon Moses; rather, it focuses upon his parents. If you would like to read more about the events mentioned here, the original story can be found in Exodus 1.15-2.10. Pharaoh, fearing the growth of the Hebrew people, commanded that all newborn maless should be thrown into the Nile River. However, Moses’ parents put him into a basket, and then put him in the Nile. An Egyptian princess found him and adopted him.

We will read more of Moses in the coming days, but if we are to understand Moses, we must understand parts of his upbringing first. Naturally, this begins with the faith of his parents. By all accounts, Moses should have been dead at birth, either by an abortion or by drowning. However, Moses’ parents recognized their child as someone special. They obeyed the letter of Pharaoh’s decree; they put him in the Nile River. They ignored the spirit of the law and put him in a basket first, exercising faith that God would protect their child.

God rewarded their faith. Their child was saved and grew up to be educated both in Egyptian and Hebrew ways of life, thus preparing him to be a deliverer later. None of this would have happened had his parents obeyed Pharaoh’s decree. However, it is an interesting fact as well that if his parents had simply hidden him, he would have lived; however, he would not have grown up in Pharaoh’s court and would certainly have not experienced several things that made him more fit for leadership. So, we see that Moses’ parents acted in the right way by surrendering their child completely to God’s care.

Certainly, our parents serve as primary influences upon our life of faith. Today, ponder how your parents’ instruction and actions have helped to bring you to where you are. Perhaps they have strengthened your faith. Maybe they have done just the opposite. As you look back over your life, you may see that God has acted on your behalf through your parents; sometimes because of their faith, or maybe in spite of their lack of faith. Regardless of which applies to your parents, thank God for those who raised you and ask that they, too, would come to a life-changing knowledge of His story and love.

As we journey through Lent together, may we be thankful for God’s hand at work in and through our parents.

“Dear Lord, I would not be where I am today without my parents. Thank you for how you’ve used them; thank you for what you’ve taught me through them. I ask that, in turn, you would help me to be a blessing in their lives as well. Wherever they stand with you, Lord, I ask that you would draw them closer. Amen.”

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