7. God is faithful and true

Moses killed an Egyptian who mistreated the Hebrew people and with that one act revealed his choice between his Egyptian upbringing and his Hebrew roots. He chose to be part of his people's suffering. Pharaoh soon found out about this and wanted Moses killed. He realized now that Moses' allegiance lied with his own people and not with them. It must have been a very sad day for Moses' Egyptian mother. She had loved Moses as her own son and here he turned his back on them. Poor woman, and she didn't even have the Lord to comfort her…

 Anyway, Moses realized that Pharaoh wanted to kill him and he fled into the wilderness of Midian. Now before I go on, I would like us to look at the events from the perspective of the writer of Hebrews:

"It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be treated as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God's people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of the Messiah than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the great reward that God would give him. It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt. He was not afraid of the king. Moses kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the One who is invisible." Hebrews 11:24-27

First of all I would like you to notice that Moses' murder of the Egyptian was not mentioned here. God is so wonderful in His grace. He promises us that if we live for Him and ask for forgiveness of our sins, He would remember them no more. Undoubtedly here God chooses not to mention it again, in His eyes it never happened. He chose to inspire the Hebrews writer to write only the good things about Moses.

Secondly I can't help but wonder how Moses knew about God. This passage clearly states that he did know about Him. But how? Moses grew up in an Egyptian palace where several gods were worshipped and the God of the Hebrews were certainly not one of them. So he couldn't have heard of Him from them. Plus there's no evidence that he ever heard about God from his own people, as it would seem that he didn't visit them often. Plus they were in a depressed state and undoubtedly thought that God had forgotten about them. So how did he know? God must have revealed Himself to him. How? I don't know, maybe through a dream like Joseph, or maybe He appeared to him or maybe He spoke to Moses through His Creation. We will never know, but He must have, as Moses had a deep faith in Him. Even today we can know that God reveals Himself to all people.

God then reminded me of two scriptures:

"For the truth about God is known to unbelievers instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see His invisible qualities - His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God." Romans 1:19, 20

"Even when Gentiles, who do not have God's written law, instinctively follow what the law says, they show in their hearts they know right from wrong. They demonstrate that God's law is written in them, for their own consciences either accuse them or tell them they are doing what is right." Romans 2:14, 15

God is amongst all people and He reveals Himself to all people. This could be quite an extensive topic, but in short I do believe that all people will have a chance one way or another to accept Jesus into their lives. He is faithful and just and He wants all people saved. He would therefore either let people hear through missionaries or speak to people through the Creation itself. I have even heard of missionaries going into Africa to show the Jesus' film, where the locals have confirmed that they have seen the man portraying Jesus on the film appearing to them. How amazing! He will not let people be lost without giving them a chance.

In our countries, we of course have no excuse whatsoever of not hearing about Jesus. We have ample opportunity, unfortunately a lot of these opportunities are wasted and even trampled upon. Why don't we make an effort to reach out to these people too? Be a missionary right there where you are. Preach the gospel with your life and be the living Word of God!

Thank you Lord that we can know that You will never leave us or forsake us. You are so awesome and true. Help us to preach Your wonderful Word by the way we live our lives. Amen

1 comment for “7. God is faithful and true”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Friday, 01 June 2012 at 9:44:24 AM

    Thank you, Ilze, for reminding us that God is faithful. I have experienced it myself. Thank you also for the verses in Romans that I have not noticed before, and thank you for the inspiring words in your email.

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