Moses knew his identity as a child a God, possessed sound theology and trusted God. It was this strong foundation that prompted his decision to choose the reproach of Christ (think shame, bankruptcy and affliction) over everything Egypt had to offer. We are faced with the exact same decision: it’s either Christ or what the world can afford. And none of us can turn our back on our modern-day Egypt unless we are transformed by God’s grace in the same way Moses was. Two British pastors of the 19th Century, C. H. Spurgeon and J. C. Ryle, had a lot to say about this man of faith. Here are just a few thoughts.
“O Moses, if you must needs join with Israel there is no present reward for you; you have nothing to gain but all to lose; you must do it out of pure principle, out of love to God, out of a full persuasion of the truth, for the tribes have no honors or wealth to bestow. You will receive affliction, and that is all. You will be called a fool, and people will think they have good reason for so doing.” (C. H. Spurgeon, Moses’ Decision)
“Faith told Moses that worldly pleasures were ‘pleasures of sin.’ They were mingled with sin, they led on to sin, they were ruinous to the soul, and displeasing to God. It would be small comfort to have pleasure while God was against him. Better suffer and obey God, than be at ease and sin….Faith told Moses that affliction and suffering were not real evils. They were the school of God, in which He trains the children of grace for glory; the medicines which are needed to purify our corrupt wills; the furnace which must burn away our dross; the knife which must cut the ties that bind us to the world….Marvel not that he refused greatness, riches and pleasures. He looked far forward. He saw with the eye of faith kingdoms crumbling into dust, riches making to themselves wings and fleeing away, pleasures leading on to death and judgment, and Christ only and His flock enduring for ever …. He saw with the eye of faith affliction lasting but for a moment, reproach rolled away, and ending in everlasting honour, and the despised people of God reigning as kings with Christ in glory.” (J. C. Ryle, Holiness)
“Did you hear the tolling of a bell? … It spoke of a new-made grave. This is the [sound] of earthly joy—‘For a season!’ Honoured for doing wrong—‘For a season!’ Merry in evil company—‘For a season!’ Prosperous through a compromise—‘For a season!’ What after the season? Death and judgment.” (C. H. Spurgeon, Moses: His Faith and Decision)
(Quotes taken from Richard Phillip's Hebrews: Reformed Expository Commentary.)