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Heb. 11:23

23 By faith [pistis] Moses [Moseus], when he was born [gennao], was hid [krupto] three months [trimenon] of [hupo] his [autos] parents [pater], because [dioti] they saw [eido] he was a proper [asteios] child [paidion]; and [kai] they were [phobeo] not [ou] afraid [phobeo] of the king's [basileus] commandment [diatagma]. KJV-Interlinear

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king's edict. NASB

The story of Moses begins in Exodus 2. Moses was born to Amram and Jochebed. Both of his parents were descendants of Levi. Moses had an older brother, Aaron, who was three years old when Moses was born. Moses had an older sister, Miriam.

The edict of Pharaoh was that all new born male babies of the Hebrews were to be killed. Aaron was old enough for the edict not to apply to him. Moses was under the curse of that edict.

Ex. 2:2
2 And the woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. NASB

When a person lives in an environment of slavery, they have little if any privacy. Keeping a crying baby hidden for three months is difficult enough, but the mother who is pregnant and rather large because of the pregnancy, and then suddenly loses her size is probably even more difficult to conceal. Yet Jochebed not only hid the child, but nursed him, and changed him, and rocked him, and did all the things that one has to do with a new born. Raising a new born quickly becomes a full time job.

Pharaoh's soldiers were likewise looking for newly born babies. When they discovered any new born children then they would take them away from the parents and drown them in the Nile. One can only presume that there was retaliation against the parents and family members as well.

Hiding a baby would be difficult, and hiding a baby would bring extreme danger to all who were connected to the child in any way.

Yet, the parents kept their new born baby hidden from Pharaoh, not knowing if or when the authorities would discover their secret either accidentally or by someone telling them.

The Israelites had been in slavery for a little over 300 years by this time. They were in their fourth generation of slavery since the time of Joseph. And despite all of the hardships they had to endure, Amram and Jochebed still learned the promises of God from their parents and friends. They learned Gods word such that their faith in God was greater than their fear of Pharaoh. They made time for themselves, to learn of God.

They were in an extreme situation. The emotional stress was probably great in their lives. And at the end of three months, they came to the conclusion that they had to release the child and hope for the best. They went to the river and released the basket in which Moses was placed. The basket was placed near where Pharaoh' daughter spent a lot of her own time.

Pharaoh's daughter discovered the baby, recognized it immediately as a Hebrew baby, and took it as her own.

From the human viewpoint, all of these events were extremely risky. The river could have taken the child. An animal could have taken the child. Someone else could have found the child. Pharaoh's daughter could have turned the child over to the soldiers.

But none of those things happened.

Jesus Christ controls history. God respects faith. When God looks at you, He does not see you as a person, He looks into your soul and either finds faith or finds nothing of value. The only thing of value that you can own in your entire life, is Bible doctrine in your soul. You only gain that by pursuing a daily study of Gods Word.

When God finds faith, then He respects that faith and that is the basis of events that we would call miracles.

The secret to your successful life is found in your spiritual growth. Have it, and amazing things will come to you in your life. Ignore your spiritual life and you become nothing more than historical filler. Food for the jungle.

Amram and Jochebed were in a precarious situation. Pharaoh was all powerful and they were helpless. But then they looked to God in faith, not through wishes, and they placed their trust in Gods will. If the child were to die, then so be it. If the child was to live, then nothing in this world could prevent God from delivering the child.

Amram and Jochebed relied on faith. Their faith came from a consistent study of the word of God as they had it in their day. They did not rely on occasional wishes and hopes of the naive. They did not roll the dice and hope to get lucky. Faith is built on spiritual production. Spiritual production comes from the daily application of Bible doctrine while you live your life inside of the fellowship sphere. Doctrine is learned by pursuing a daily Bible study. And that all begins with your positive attitude and desire to want to learn and grow in your spiritual life. You might want to review our study in Isa. 11 for the mechanics of spiritual growth.

An indifferent attitude, a haphazard attitude, an inconsistent attitude, an 'I already know that' attitude, an 'I'll do life my way' attitude will only guarantee you misery and failure in your life.

Amram and Jochebed were humbled by their circumstances of life. They were slaves. They had only one outlet for hope and that was through God, and by doing life in Gods way, not theirs.

God looks to us for obedience. He does not need our help. God looks to us for trust. He does not need our counsel. God controls history, not us. He plans, and all we need do is walk by faith - legitimate faith, not wishes based on emotions.

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