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Heb 11:23 (KJV) 23) By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw [he was] a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. 

The birth of Moses is retold in Exodus 1:8-2:10.

During the enslavement of Israel by the Egyptian empire, the Israelite nation began to prosper under the Lord’s hand of blessing.  The Egyptian ruler, Pharaoh, feared that the growing Israelite nation would eventually overtake the Egypt. To remedy this situation, Pharaoh issued a decree for all the Jewish male babies to be killed.  In doing this, he was hoping to stem the growth of the Israelite nation and ensure their future enslavement to Egypt.

Following Moses’ birth, his parents (under penalty of death) refused to turn over their son to be killed. Instead, they hid him from Pharaoh.  Not only was this an act of their love for their son, but according to our text, it was also an act of faith.  Moses’ parents trusted in their Lord to protect their entire family as they worked to save the life of their son, Moses.

We are told that because of their faith in Jehovah, “they were not afraid of the king’s commandment”.  How wonderful it is to trust God to the exclusion of all of our fears.  As Christians, the next time we find ourselves faced with the need to step out in faith and go against our fears, keep in mind, we have trusted our Lord with our eternal destiny… surely we can trust our Sovereign, Loving, Lord with our temporal fears as well.

Mark 4:37-41 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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21 Comments

  1. Susan Michaels says:

    Thank you….a vital reminder that all our hope is found in Him. Lord, help us to look NOT at the circumstances, but to the greatness of our God.

  2. Noel Williams (prhayz) www.prhayz.com says:

    “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:16). When Elijah prayed for rain, it was his faith that moved God”s hand.

    I thank you very much Rob for this wonderful post. God bless

  3. terry1954 says:

    thank you Rob for sharing this. with no going to church as often from brother’s care, i enjoy your postings. it gives me church here at home

  4. Debbie says:

    What a precious look at Moses’ parents and their faith in God. 🙂 Thank you for my faith boost today! God bless you, Rob!

  5. Thank you Rob. What a testament to faith. …”we have trusted our Lord with our eternal destiny… surely we can trust our Sovereign, Loving, Lord with our temporal fears as well.”

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words… it is such a shame that we get so wrapped up in the event sof this world we forget what is really most important… our eternity with the Lord!

  6. Citizen Tom says:

    Pardon me as I add a small brick to your sturdy foundation.

    It is as Paul said.

    Romans 3:28 Good News Translation (GNT)
    For we conclude that a person is put right with God only through faith, and not by doing what the Law commands.

    Without faith, we have neither the courage nor the fortitude required to do good works.

    James 2:14-17 Good News Translation (GNT)
    14 My friends, what good is it for one of you to say that you have faith if your actions do not prove it? Can that faith save you?15 Suppose there are brothers or sisters who need clothes and don’t have enough to eat.16 What good is there in your saying to them,
    God bless you! Keep warm and eat well!—if you don’t give them the necessities of life?17 So it is with faith: if it is alone and includes no actions, then it is dead.

    What our works do is demonstrate our faith.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Citizen Tom,

      Thanks you for adding more substance to the posting. What a blessing it is to know that that our faith engenders a lack of fear and without fear we are beeter able to serve Him showing to all our faith… Great point! May the Lord bless you!

  7. >> “they were not afraid of the king’s commandment”
    When we think about it, we have NO RIGHT to be afraid of anything. Our lives are in His hands and we KNOW we couldn’t be in a safer place.
    Regardless of the circumstances, we need to stand boldly in His strength, for His glory and honour.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      If we could all learn that lesson. Think of how many times our fears get in the way of our wholehearted service to the Lord. Lord bless you Angela.

  8. granbee says:

    He does hold us in the palm of His hand throughout all storms and tempests in our lives, whether they be without or within!

  9. jelillie says:

    “How wonderful it is to trust God to the exclusion of all of our fears. ” Thanks Rob! This word hit me square between the eyes today. I have been struggling with a situational fear since Saturday afternoon and your words are being used to help me get the victory!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      I am so thankful the Lord saw fit to bless you with the posting dear brother… I trust your faith in Him reamins strong. Lord bless you and thanks for the wonderful words of encouragement! Lord bless you.

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