April 5, the Twenty-Fourth Day of Lent
April 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.
“It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.” -Hebrews 11.24-
Yesterday, the author of Hebrews drew our attention to how the faith of Moses’ parents set a strong foundation for his own life of faith. Today, we begin to see how Moses’ unique upbringing begins to shape his future growth and development and work him into the person that God had called him to be.
Even though Moses was the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter, he was raised by his birth mother. He would have received exposure to both the Hebrew and Egyptian ways of life as he grew older. As he grew up, he felt the tension between his dual heritages. His birth family belonged to the oppressed; his adopted family belonged to the oppressors. He knew that this tension could not exist for his entire life; he had to choose one or the other.
So, he chose his birth family and cast his lot with the oppressed. This was not a flippant decision, nor something that he did not consider deeply. As J. Wesley Adams says: “This was not the decision of a rebellious adolescent or a decision made impulsively that Moses would later regret. He understood fully what he was doing.” With the complete acceptance of one way of life came the rejection of the other. In Exodus 2.11-15, we see Moses come to a breaking point; he cannot watch any more of his people be subjected to unjust treatment. He kills an Egyptian taskmaster, hides the body, and flees for his own life. He could have had an easy life. He could have been a member of the ruling class of a proud nation. However, this was not to be his life, and he knew it. He made a conscious decision that caused a break with his past.
When we accept Christ as our Savior and claim God’s story as our own, we do something similar. When we become part of God’s story, some other stories will lose their hold on our lives. Some other stories we must consciously reject; then we should make an effort to live differently, as Moses did. We may also be called to oppose stories and things that we encounter that run contrary to God’s will in the world.
As we think in these terms, let’s ponder the things that we have left behind. Have you been in a situation where you had to make a decisive break with your past? Also, let’s look forward. How are we allowing God’s redemption to be at work in and through us now?
As we journey through Lent together, may we choose God’s story over our own.
“Dear Lord, thank you for being at work in my life. Please show me which stories and influences in my life are competing with yours, and give me the grace to see which I need to let go and which I need to oppose. Amen.”