Do you believe God wants to speak to you and partner with you to accomplish his purposes? The Bible would argue that you should hold such a worldview! On Sunday in our sermon series on Hebrews we covered chapter 11, probably the most well known chapter of the book; a.k.a. the Hall of Faith/Fame. In it the author gives numerous examples of what a life of faith looks like, in order to encourage the original readers to have the same quality of faith that will allow them to persevere in their trials.
In addition to seeing the great heroes of the Old Testament that we would expect to see there, some uncommon people make the list too. Moses’ parents make the Hall of Faith! Hebrews 11:23 says, “By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict”. What the NIV translates as “no ordinary child”, many other versions (i.e.ESV) translate as “that the child was beautiful”. This is noteworthy. Whereas the NIV goes for the spirit of the law, others go for a more literal sense which sometimes can aid us in understanding more. In this case, the NIV leaves us with a vague idea of why Moses’ parents knew he was special. The other translations hint at the fact that it was something about his physical appearance that tipped his parents off. This is consistent with the Greek translation of Exodus 2:2 which refers to extraordinary beauty. Philo and Josephus ( 1st century Jewish philosophers and historians) both refer to this same aspect of Moses’ appearance and say that it was taken as a visible sign from God that he had great plans for Moses. In regards to English translations of Ex.2:2 we have words that vary from “saw that he was a special baby”(NLT) to “saw that he was a fine child”(ESV) to “saw that he was beautiful”(NASB). So we see that Moses’ parents therefore responded in faith to what God had shown them, rather than just hiding Moses in hopes that things would work out in the end.
Truly fascinating, if you ask me. Now let’s zoom back out and think about the chapter as a whole. I’ll re-ask the opening questions. Do you believe God wants to speak to you and partner with you to accomplish his purposes? I hope you answer that yes. Because that is where the promised abundant life lies for us. God can still speak through signs. But on this side of Hebrews 11 we have the Holy Spirit that indwells us! This is a far better thing than looking to the skies for signs! We can learn to tune into the Spirit’s voice. We can be certain of what he says. As Paul says in Galatians, we are to keep in step with the Spirit. This is a thing! We can be conscious of His presence with us every day. We can be led by Him. He wants to partner with you. This week! There is no greater invitation we can ever receive than the one we have received from the King of the Universe to use us as his representatives! Respond to Him and walk by faith.