April 6, the Twenty-Fifth Day of Lent
April 6, 2011 § Leave a comment
He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.
The author of Hebrews expands his thought from the previous verse here. Yesterday, we saw how Moses made a decisive break with his past; today, we will discuss his decision further.
We touched on how Moses was faced with the difficult decision of having to choose between his Egyptian upbringing and his Hebrew heritage. Choosing one way meant siding with the oppressors; choosing the other meant claiming the oppressed as his own family. The decision that he would make could not be partial or half-hearted; if he chose one path, he would have to completely reject the other. Moses knew this.
Moses also recognized that God was on Israel’s side. No doubt this strongly influenced his decision. He saw that if he embraced the power of Egypt, he would be separating himself from the power of the Almighty God. Moses knew that choosing Egypt and all that it had to offer would be sin; it would place him outside of God’s will for his life.
It is interesting to note that Moses had a proper understanding of his situation and was able to make the right decision. Somehow, he had received enough of a Hebrew education to properly understand not only the situation and its implications, but also his own place within that situation. Knowing full well the consequences of his decision, he chose the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob instead of the house of Pharaoh. This meant that he would join the ranks of the oppressed; he would become one of them. However, this was his proper place. It would have been sinful to be anywhere else.
In this, we see the “negative” rationale for why Moses chose as he did. In other words, we see why he did not choose to remain in Pharaoh’s household. Tomorrow, we will look at the “positive” side of his decision; we will see why he chose Israel. For today, let us continue to think about points in our lives where we have made a decisive break with our past. When we accept Christ as Savior, we accept a Christ-centered way of life that is oriented around God. However, even after we make that decision, it is still possible to make decisions that thwart God’s work in our lives. We may make these decisions for a number of reasons, but it is important for us to understand that they are sinful; they create space between us and God and distance us from him. For this reason, after we begin to follow Christ, we often cannot live as we did before. Have you had to recognize some things as sin as a result of your commitment to Christ? How did you come to this recognition? What were the implications of this understanding?
As we journey through Lent together, may we choose the treasures of our future rather than the sins of our past.
“Dear Lord, thank you for being at work in my life. Thank you for your Spirit which shows me where my life does not line up with the life that you have for me. Help me to see those things as sinful and reject them in order that I may grow closer to you. Amen.”