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Heb. 11:27

27 By faith [pistis] he forsook [kataleipo] Egypt [Aiguptos], not [me] fearing [phobeo] the wrath [thumos] of the king [basileus]: for [gar] he endured [kartereo], as [hos] seeing [horao] him who is invisible [aoratos]. KJV-Interlinear

27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen.

Fear is the great enemy of ones life. In fear we concede to peer pressure. In fear we do not pursue things which we should. In fear we turn to that which is popular even though we know that it is wrong. In fear we turn to the security of the world rather than the security of Gods promises and Gods mandates for our lives. In fear we make bad choices, sacrificing truth for something more convenient in our life. In fear we reject God and His protection, and we pursue the world and the appeal it has to offer.

Moses started out his life in a basket. He knew of his beginning. For forty years he learned of the circumstances of his own miracle of preservation. He presumed that by being in Pharaoh's court, that this must be the method of his calling.

Then the incident of the dead Egyptian came along and the discovery of it by slaves no less. Moses ran away. Pharaoh pursued him to kill him. Moses went into exile.

Ex. 2:15
15 When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian; NASB

Another forty years would pass and Moses, knowing that his name was still on the short list of enemies, went back to Egypt. This time his fear faded into nothing. This is where we resume Moses' life here in our passage.

Moses returned to Egypt, not with weapons, not with an army, but with a simple shepherds staff. Moses was a wanted man. He could have been arrested immediately. But Moses feared God more than he feared Pharaoh.

Psa. 27:1
1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? NASB

God gave him a mission, a Moses knew that nothing would happen to him while that mission remained incomplete. Moses was sent to lead the people out of Egypt.

At the first, the Israelites loved Moses. He was going to lead them out of slavery. Then, Pharaoh did not seem to be reading from the same page, so the people turned against Moses. People who lack spiritual lives are fickle.

Ex. 4:31
31 So the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD was concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then they bowed low and worshiped. NASB

Ex. 6:9
9 So Moses spoke thus to the sons of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses on account of their despondency and cruel bondage. NASB

Moses could have returned to Egypt, called on some of his trusted followers, raised an army, and pursued his rightful place as Pharaoh. But he did not.

Moses turned his back on Egypt and all that it had to offer. He looked to the promise of heaven, which far outweighs any promise from this world.

True faith does not fold when pressure is applied from the world. We should look to Gods principles to guide us through life and not to popular or convenient public opinions or beliefs. It is easy to give in when you perceive your security is at stake, when you perceive that your job is at stake, when you perceive that your popularity is at stake. No one wants to be ostracized. No one wants to be left out. No one wants to be insecure in life.

But here Moses went back into the fire of Egypt. This time he had Gods wall of fire of protection surrounding him. When God protects you, the world can do nothing to you.

God protects faith. Faith comes from spiritual growth. Spiritual growth begins with your desire to want to learn and grow. But then you have to follow through with a commitment to a daily study, otherwise you won't go anywhere in your spiritual life.

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