(Resting In His Grace…I love that title picked by mt. The writer of Hebrews goes to great length to talk about rest…and who rests…and who won’t. Moses is mentioned often, so I am going to meander after him for a while. I hope you will meander with me…)
May I tell you a story?…
Once upon a time, a baby boy was born in ancient Egypt. He was a beautiful child that brought joy to his proud parents… and so…he was hidden from sight. What a strange twist for his story to take…but his story is bigger than him…
Over three hundred years previously, this beautiful baby’s Hebrew ancestors were invited to the land of Egypt by a friendly, related Prime Minister. They were given the choice land of Goshen to settle where they grew in numbers and strength. They prospered until “there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.” Exodus 1:8.
This king who didn’t know Joseph, must not have known Joseph’s story either, and fear entered his heart, and then the hearts of his people. Fear of the prosperous immigrants…fear of what they would do…well, that’s another post…back to our story…
This king tried to limit the influence of the fearsome aliens by putting them in bondage to cruel taskmasters who persecuted them with unreasonable work loads and service. When this did not diminish the race, the bitterness of the situation increased until infanticide was ordered. The king commanded that every Hebrew son was to be cast into the river. Then a beautiful baby boy was born.
This child was born during turbulent times, to a persecuted minority, during a period of infanticide, into the slave household of Amram and Jochebed. The situation was extremely difficult and I would expect to find the parents distraught and hiding their newborn in dread and trembling. Nevertheless, we are told that they were not afraid of the king’s command. (Heb 11:23) This is an amazing statement! I would be weeping and wailing in hysterics with worry concerning the fate of my newborn. I weep and wail in hysterics concerning many lesser matters, and this is a life literally hanging in the balance.
Why this fearless response? They looked at their child the way God did. Luke wrote in the Acts of the Apostles (7:20) that this child was beautiful in the sight of God. What God saw in this child was beautiful. A promised grace arriving right on time.
In Genesis 15: 13-15 (NKJV) the Lord promised Abram, “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions.”
Amram and Jochebed knew that they were under this promise. They responded from their conviction that the Lord would keep His promise to bring them out, and they knew the time was drawing near. They looked at this child and believed the larger story that all would be well. Did they know how it would all work out? I don’t think so. Faith is not knowing how it will work out, but WHO will work it out.
If they were not afraid, then sister Miriam wasn’t set to watch the floating basinet out of fear, but to see what the Lord was going to do. What a great example of how to faithfully face the turbulent times in my life, not with fearful weeping and wailing, but in watchful expectancy. I hope I learn that lesson soon.
Blessings to you who meander after Moses with me,