THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date – 7-15-12
LESSON TITLE: “BY FAITH MOSES…”
Paul once proclaimed, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh!” Are you walking in the Spirit of God?
Welcome to the Living Word Program on this wondrous Lord’s Day morning. It is always an honor and privilege to have you with us. We are thankful you have chosen to be with us as we commit this time to the things of God.
May we each participate and do our part to make this time acceptable before Him and according to His Word. Now let’s begin by talking to God through prayer!
This morning we want to begin our songs of praise by singing a song which focuses on the fact that there is always light illuminating from the Faithful. So, at this time, won’t you join in with the congregation as we sing together, “Let The Lower Lights Be Burning.”
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We have mentioned a verse from the book of Galatians this morning, where Paul was encouraging the brethren to walk in the Spirit to be proper in the eyes of God. However, we also spent a great deal of time warning the brethren in the same passage. He exhorted them to stay away from the “works of the flesh,” which in his own words he said were “evident.”
Think about that for a moment, aren’t we all pretty much aware of what sin is? Even when we say we are not sure whether something is right or wrong, I think deep down we know that by having to ask the very question and ponder on it, that there must be something at least very questionable about the thing.
Well, what Paul was dealing with here was the life of a Christian. It’s not about what we can get by with or how little we can do and still be approved. It’s not even about being able to sin from time to time and be forgiven. The focus in this passage is a way of life, “walking in the Spirit!” For if we are those who truly desire to follow God and walk in the Spirit he went on to say, “…you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh!” You see we have no desire to sin and do wrong for God is our life and the basis of how we determine right and wrong.
With this in mind, consider the many things which the writer mentions in this passage as works of the flesh, “adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like.” Here he gives a list of sins and then adds the idea of, “and anything like these as well.” But now consider what is said after all of these warnings, “those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Wow, these are definitely serious matters then!
Now return to the same text with me and let’s find out what walking in the Spirit is all about. Beginning in verse 22 Paul says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Do you notice anything about all of these characteristics? They are good, pure, holy and righteous characteristics. No doubt these are all things which honor God and allow others to see Him in us. So, are we Walking in the Spirit as those who love our God?
This morning we want to continue our series of study entitled, “But Without Faith It Is Impossible To Please Him!” Our specific topic today is , “By Faith Moses!” So, please continue with us this morning, and after our next song together we will have a guest speaker who will lead our thoughts from God’s Word.
As far as our speaker of the day, we are happy to have Brother Brent Green with us again. Brother Brent is a full time instructor at Bible Institute of Missouri. We look forward to him leading our main thoughts in just a few minutes.
But for now, let’s return to our songs of praise. The name of our next hymn is, “Living By Faith!”
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BY BRENT GREEN
What a great privilege it is to again study from Hebrews 11, that great faith chapter. Hebrews 11:23, starts off by saying, “By faith Moses…” Again that’s under consideration as we have this privilege to again study from this chapter and look at these things of faith, the great faith of Moses. No doubt a man like Moses finds himself in this great hall of fame of faith as we might call it. You think about the first five books of the Old Testament which were written by Moses, many of which or most of which rather, deal with his life and the things surrounding God’s people at that time. There as we think about Moses a man who was sent by God to lead God’s people out of Egyptian captivity and lead them to that promise land and he did that; leading them up there to the boarders of Canaan. The man Moses, what a great man of faith.
And we will study here Hebrews 11 beginning there in verse 23, just to see how great his faith was. As we read Hebrews 11:23, we actually see that his faith goes all the back to his parents. Now let’s read this verse, “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commands.” Not indicating here in any way that somehow Moses faith was passed down from his parents but indeed faith is something that is learned and where did it begin with Moses? It began with his parents.
Going back to the book of Exodus, in Exodus 1:22, we actually read of the king’s command, or Pharaoh’s command as he was called there in the book of Exodus, a command to throw all the male children that were born into the river. Pharaoh was afraid of the growing population of the Hebrews in his day and therefore he sought to annihilate those male babies. But Moses parents were different, they weren’t afraid of the king’s commands. Yes indeed in Romans 13, we are told to obey the laws of the land but we also know from the scripture the principle is present that if it goes against God’s law we have to take God’s law first. Moses parents understood that and being men and women of faith they refused to have that male child thrown into the river. So what did they do? They hid that child for three months, by faith Moses parents kept God’s law. And indeed we see that there fear of God, there respect of God’s commands there faith in the true and living God was what was evident later on in the life of their son Moses. We see in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way that he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Well, we think about children there are much like arrows. As an arrow is pointed in the right direction it is shot and will hit the target and is pointed so. Well, Moses being pointed in the right direction grew up to be a man of faith and it started there with his parents as they taught him those great principles. I am reminded also there in the book of Timothy, 2Timothy 1:5; when Paul was talking about Timothy he reminds Timothy that, that genuine faith first resided in his mother and in his grandmother. Faith is something that is taught and is passed down. So here in Hebrews 11:23 it’s not a subtle point or something we should skip over. But we do need to acknowledge the fact that Moses’ parents acted by faith and thus Moses grew up being a man of faith.
There as we go on let’s look also as we think about Hebrews 11, not only verse 23 but let’s read verses 24-26. It says, “By faith Moses , when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” To define faith according to the book of James it is something that is seen in action, James 2:18, “Show me your faith without your works and I will show you my faith by my works.” It is more than just belief but when belief is couple with action or obedience we see true faith and that’s what we begin to see here in the life of Moses. “By faith Moses…” what did he do? How did he put his belief into practice? How did he demonstrate true faith? These verses begin to show us by faith Moses believed in God’s promises.
Look here in these three verses that we read to see all that Moses gave up. There in verse 24, it says, “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. This was no small thing to be the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, likely he could have been in line to become the very next Pharaoh or a Pharaoh down the line somewhere. Not even that but he could have had all of the riches all that went with being in the household of Pharaoh as Pharaoh’s daughter’s son. But what did he give up? He gave up all of that, he gave up being the son of Pharaoh’s daughter there. Also there in verse 25, it says there that he gave up, “…the passing pleasures of sin…” understanding that sin pleasures are short. Yes they are for a season, many throughout the ages of history have lived by the motto, “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die.” But others have chosen to follow God’s plan. Moses understood that those pleasures of sin they are fading, there fleeting, there passing, and there only for a short time; he gave that up.
Also there in verse 26, it talks about, “…the treasures in Egypt…” That was no small thing either, not only to be a part of Pharaoh’s household but to have access to all those treasures. He was living in a mansion so to speak, he had it all and what did he do with it? He gave it all up. Questions could be asked and need to be asked, why? Why would Moses do that? Well, we understand from these verses at the end of verse 26, it says, “…for he looked to the reward.” Why would Moses give up all those things? Because by faith he believed in God’s promises, he was looking to the reward that God had in store for him. No earthly treasure could compare to the ultimate reward of eternal life in Heaven some day. By faith Moses believed in that promise, that God did have the ability to provide eternal life, God would do it and Moses believed that. And that’s what we see here mentioned as a reason why he was indeed a man of faith.
If you have a Bible and I hope you do as you are studying with me this morning, this lesson, let’s look at Titus 1. A New Testament passage that reminds us of this great reward that Moses looked to as well as what we look to today, this reward of God. As Paul begins to write to Titus, in Titus 1:1, it says, “Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgement of the truth which accords with godliness, in the hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.” One of God’s promises back in the day of Moses, one of God’s promises even before time began as we read it here in Titus 1:2, is that of eternal life. Paul had hope in that. Titus had hope in that as Paul wrote to him. Moses had that same hope that belief in God’s promise, faith that God would keep his promises. Why? Because God cannot lie, if God said it is so, it is so. Moses by faith believed God’s promises and therefore he looked to that reward. We sing a song in many of our hymnals, “Standing on the Promises of God”. And what a great promise it is to think about eternal life and by faith we understand that Moses was looking forward to that same promise. What should we look forward to today? That by faith we need to believe in God’s promises. We need to believe that he cannot lie. We need to believe that just as Moses believed there is a life after this life, eternal life a great reward that nothing on this earth can compare to. Not even the treasures in Egypt. Not even being the son of Pharaoh’s daughter can compare to what it would be like to be in Heaven someday. By faith Moses believed in God’s promises.
But it doesn’t stop there. If you will read with me the very next verse there in Hebrews 11:27, it says also of Moses that, “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.” It got to the point that Moses could no longer remain in Egypt on the heels of the verse as we read there in verses 24-26, as he refused to be called Pharaoh’s son. He eventually left Egypt actually forced rather to do so because of the actions he was taking to stand up for God’s people. But I want you to see with me here in verse 27, what it is that Moses did, it says that “…he endured…” Was it tough for Moses to give up all that? Was it tough for him to give up being the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, to give up the treasures in Egypt? Was it tough for him to give up his position there in that great kingdom of Egypt? Yes. Did he suffer reproach for doing it? Was there affliction because of that? Well, indeed there was. Even the verses we already read talk about the fact that he was esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, back there again in verse 26. And so he suffered reproach but in that what did he do? It says in verse 27, that he endures.
You see Moses by faith believed that God would provide a way. You think about other biblical characters there in the Old Testament; women like Ester, men like Joseph. You think about those who in their life went through great trials and there people along with them went through great trails, that is God’s people, and yet what did they do? They endured; they believed that God would provide a way. And how is it that men like Joseph and women like Ester and here as we talk about Moses specifically, how is it that these individuals these good Godly individuals endured all that they had to in this life? By faith and that’s the point. Here Moses by faith believed that God would provide a way. He didn’t fear the king of Egypt; he believed that all things would work out in his life.
I want you to read with me also Romans 8: 28. We understand that in this world not everything is good, there are difficult times, there are sicknesses, there are times in which we have loved ones that pass away, there are times of affliction times of reproach but the sum total of all things is good. In one way the way in which we see here in Romans 8:28, where there it reads, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” For those who are serving God, for those who are by faith living for God every single day we know that the sum total of all things will work out for good. That’s not saying that everything will be good but indeed in Moses’ life there were times of reproach and affliction but God provided a way for Moses to lead his people out of the land of Egypt and lead them to the boarders there that promised land of Canaan. By faith God will provide. He provided for Moses, he will provide today and by faith we need to believe that also today.
Go with me again though to Hebrews 11. We learn something else about Moses in that same verse, verse 27 of Hebrews 11, it says, “…for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.” By faith Moses believed in the existence of God. And it wasn’t that Moses had somehow heard or had used his eyes to see or somehow used his tongue to taste. It wasn’t by the five senses that Moses came to understand that God is in existence that he is real. It says there in verse 27 that he believed or that he could see him who is invisible, one who wasn’t seen by the senses. As we think later on about Moses’ life, Moses would see some pretty amazing things, he would see there that bush that was on fire but was not consumed, that burning bush, he would see a rod turn into a serpent and then back into a rod again, he would see the ten plagues, he would see water come forth from a rock, he would see the Red Sea parted, he would see manna and quail provided from God from Heaven. He would see all those things later on but at this point as we follow the chronological order here of these verses Moses hadn’t seen those things yet. By faith Moses believed that God is real, he believed that God is in existence. Moses like the rest of us could look around and see nature, he could look around and see all of God’s creation and know that there was a creator. Romans 1:20, points out that fact a New testament passage showing us that indeed we look around the world and we see God’s attributes; the fact that he is real that they are without excuse. Even in the same book if we back up to Hebrews 3:4, it says, “For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.” You see Moses could look out and understand that design demands a designer, that creation demands a creator, and by faith therefore Moses believed that God existed. We look here at Hebrews 11, just back up to verse 6, it says there, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is…” If you want to be someone like Moses someone like these other men and women of faith in Hebrews 11, you have to believe what? That God exists that He is real that he is not a figment of our imagination, that He is real! He is the one who made us and He is the one who created us. Moses believed that by what? By faith.
But we go also in the same passage there Hebrews 11:28, and we will finish by understanding here one more thing that Moses did by Faith. It says, “By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.” By faith Moses kept God’s commandments. It wasn’t enough just to believe that God existed, Moses took the next step, He put his faith into practice. That’s what we are talking about, true living faith, a faith seen in action. Moses by faith kept God’s commandments. If you remember there going back to Exodus 12, the tenth and final pleague the death of the firstborn. God told his people to Moses to take the blood of a lamb and put it on the doorpost of your door and across the lintel there of your door and if you will do that when the angel passes over he will pass over your house and your firstborn will not die. Those who did that they saw that their firstborn survived and the firstborn of the Egyptians died. Why? Because God commanded it and by faith what did Moses and the other children of Israel do who had faith, who believed in God, and who kept God’s commandments? They did that very thing. By faith Moses kept God’s commandments.
You see it’s not doubt we find a man like Moses in this great hall of faith. It started there with his parents; they pointed him in the right direction. But we see it clear in the life of Moses because when his Faith was seen in action, that’s when we see Moses by faith did all of these things. Moses there by faith believed in God’s promises. Moses by faith believed that God would provide a way. Moses by faith believed that God existed and by faith Moses believed and therefore kept God’s commandments. That’s what made Moses such a man of faith and that’s what we read about here in Hebrews 11:23, “By faith Moses…” verse 24, “By faith Moses…” verse 27, “By faith he…” that is Moses, and then in verse 28, “By faith Moses…” By faith Moses lived and we today if we want to be those who like Moses are people of faith we like 2Corinthians 5:7, have to walk by faith. We learn a lot from Moses, we learn that we need to be people of faith.
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What a great example of faith Moses was to all of us. Won’t you learn from such a worthy one of God? Will we strive to be found acceptable before God, just as Moses did? The choice is yours!