Hebrews

Hebrews 11:23-29 The Covenant Of Grace Through Moses.

The hope for a future through faith saved Moses, through the faith of his parents and the providence of God that he was found by Pharaoh’s daughter, and she was favourably disposed toward him (v. 23 Cf. Ex. 2:1-10 Cf. Ex. 1:16, 22). This same faith led Moses to reject the lie that he was the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, and chose rather to be numbered with God’s people (vv. 24-25 Cf. Ex. 2:11-15). This faith was a faith in the promised Messiah, as our author stated, Moses esteemed “the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward” (v. 26 Cf. 13:13; Rom. 8:18; II Cor. 4:17). That reward is everything that would come with the promised Seed, the Messiah. In particular, as our author has stressed, it would be the Anointed One as Prophet, Priest, and King, whose sacrifice would provide the propitiatory offering, and His resurrection the hope of eternal life. In this regard, he shared the very same faith as Abraham.

“By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible” (v. 27). Today we might say that Moses relationship with the king was more than political, as it was both personal and religious (Ex. 10:27-29). Moses endured the suffering and opposition associated with his faith, because he saw Him who was invisible, which referred not just to God’s being, but also to the promised Anointed One who was to come in the future, for he esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt, for he looked to the reward.” By faith Moses also kept the sacraments-“the Passover and the sprinkling of blood” (v. 28 Cf. Ex. 12), their new covenant counterparts being fulfilled in the Lord’s Supper and baptism. By this same faith Moses and those he led, “passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned” (v. 29 Cf. Ex. 14:22-29).

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