You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
24 By faith [pistis] Moses [Moseus], when he was come [ginomai] to years [megas], refused [arneomai] to be called [lego] the son [huios] of Pharaoh's [Pharao] daughter [thugater];
25 Choosing [haireomai] rather [mallon] to suffer affliction [sugkakoucheo] with the people [laos] of God [theos], than [e] to enjoy the pleasures [echo] [apolausis] of sin [hamartia] for a season [proskairos];
26 Esteeming [hegeomai] the reproach [oneidismos] of Christ [Christos] greater [meizon] riches [ploutos] than [hegeomai] the treasures [thesauros] in [en] Egypt [Aiguptos]: for [gar] he had respect [apoblepo] unto [eis] the recompence of the reward [misthapodosia]. KJV-Interlinear
24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 25 choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin; 26 considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. NASB
For forty years, Moses grew up under the roof of the Pharaoh. He was the crown prince and he knew it. He most certainly had his enemies too, but Moses was the favored son even though he was not Egyptian.
22 'And Moses was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds. 23 'But when he was approaching the age of forty, it entered his mind to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel. NASB
Likewise he grew up in the knowledge of his true heritage, Hebrew. He was of the thinking that God had chosen him to be the deliverer of his people, however Moses thought that he would deliver his own people from the throne of Pharaoh, after he became Pharaoh. He would simply free the people and that would be that.
25 'And he supposed that his brethren understood that God was granting them deliverance through him; but they did not understand. NASB
That was not Gods plan. Mans efforts and mans plans are not a part of Gods plan. Faith and the power it welds are far more stronger than any power of this world.
Moses' plans were decimated when an incident occurred. He accidentally fell into a situation and killed an Egyptian. He thought that his crime was not known, but that was not the case. It was common knowledge among the Hebrews.
Acts 7:24, 28
24 'And when he saw one of them being treated unjustly, he defended him and took vengeance for the oppressed by striking down the Egyptian.
28 'You do not mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday, do you?' NASB
Moses did not hide his heritage. He really did think that he was going to be the deliverer, but on his terms, not Gods. The death of the Egyptian changed everything for Moses. He left Egypt and remained in exile for another forty years.
Moses would be eighty years old before he would return to Egypt.
As a member of the royal family, even though he was sort of adopted into it, Moses was raised in a life of luxury. It took him forty years before he would see the plight of his people and decide that it was going to be his job to release them from bondage.
Moses had everything going for him. He was to be the next Pharaoh. That means that he would have been the supreme ruler. Moses could have faced up to he killing of the Egyptian. He could have called it self defense. He could have said that he came to the aid of someone. He could have done a lot of things in order to get out from under any complaint that might have been filed against him. He was the crown prince of Egypt. And as the prince, he was under the favor of Pharaoh.
But Moses reached a point in his life, a crisis point. Does he go back to the palace, or does he leave the country? Two dramatically different choices. One is to certain wealth and power. He could have been the wealthiest and most powerful man at that time in history. The other is to total uncertainty and probably poverty and disgrace as an outcast.
28 'You do not mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday, do you?' 29 'And at this remark Moses fled, and became an alien in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons. NASB
Moses turned his back on Egypt and all of its wealth and placed his life in Gods hands.
Even though Moses grew up under the roof of Egypt, he still learned the promises of the Hebrew God. That instruction weighed more on his mind than all of the marvels that Egypt had to offer.
Moses turned away and left Egypt. It would take him another forty years to build up his faith to the point that he would be ready for Gods use.
Sooner or later, in all of our lives, we reach a decision point. God places the choices before us and they are clear choices. Do we continue playing our little games of life, trying 'our' way to get where we want to be in life? Or, do we finally make the decision for God, turn our back on all of our failed efforts at life, place our life into Gods hands, and let Him guide us through to something better?
That means that we have to surrender our will to Gods will. That can be a difficult hurdle to jump over for many people.
In each of our lives God places doctrine right in front of us. There it is. There we see it plain as the nose on our faces. Often times doctrine is placed right in our hands. What do we do then? Do we put it aside and ignore it? Do we figure that we don't need it? Do we dislike people who profess to be Christian, so much, that we would send our own life into ruin, because we evaluate God based on people?
Hummm! Since when do we expect perfection out of people?
Do we pick and choose from the Bible, what we will believe and what we will ignore?
Your spiritual life is between you and God. No one else has anything to do with your private relationship with God. If you fail, then blame yourself, not someone else. If you succeed, then thank God. Don't ever pat yourself on the back. Too often people want credit for, and to be acknowledged, for their efforts.
Moses had all of the pertinent information before him. It took him two-thirds of his life, eighty years, before it all came together. Where are you in your life? When will you get your act together?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.