Faith Forsakes the World
- Date: December 11, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” (Hebrews 11:27)
- From Faith That Prevails
Scripture says here about Moses that he chose to suffer affliction with the people of God. He refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. What was he walking away from there? Now he had been raised up, hadn't he, in the courts as a prince of Egypt? He had been through the finest universities. He had been through the best military schools. This is a guy who had graduated from Stanford and the Naval Academy. He understood economics and prepared as a prince of Egypt. He had a life of prosperity, of power, influence, preeminence, and inside of him burned a desire to be with those cast outs in Goshen. It burned inside of him when he had heard the stories of Joseph, as he looked at the history books of this young man who came into their nation and through the wisdom of a living God, brought about the preservation of their country, through God's revelation of the interpretation of the dreams of the seven lean and the seven fat. He heard the testimony of an old man, Jacob, who declared, "I'm the lineage of my father, Abraham, and we're the lineage of a people who will be as the sands of the sea; and there is one coming who is greater," as old Jacob had prophesied in his last breath the coming of Messiah. Moses said, "I wonder what it is about these people. How are they prospering in the midst of all of this?" I am not an Egyptian; I am a Hebrew. And he chose to suffer affliction.
Can I tell you we are not of this world? We've been bought with a price. I want to tell you something. We are not of our nationalities. We are not of our economic status or the social status that you may have had as a child or you may have acquired. There isn't Greek; there is not Hebrew; there is not female or male. We are one in Jesus. I throw out all of that other stuff, and I want to choose to be part of the body of Christ. I want to suffer affliction, if need be, with the people of God. That to me is greater riches than all of the treasures of Egypt. You think we can say that today, really?
"By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king" (Hebrews 11:27). Now, that's an interesting statement. I want to try to get most of this in. That is an interesting statement: "He feared not the wrath of the king." Yet when you read Genesis, it says that he feared the king. But between the statement "he feared the king" and this statement, "he feared not the king," a very interesting event took place: he came upon a bush that was on fire. Between these two statements, "he feared the king's wrath." He had killed that Egyptian and then fled for his life, fleeing the king's wrath because he would have been put to death. Now he's out there, wandering in the wilderness. He had a pretty good life, actually, not a lot of pressure, just kind of tending to the daily lives, not watching over 3 million people-pretty easy life compared to what he's about to find himself in. He saw this bush, and he turned aside. It was on fire, but it wouldn't be consumed. As he approaches the bush-and this doesn't happen every day-a voice came out. "Take off your shoes. It's a holy place, and I'm going to transform your life."