FAITH OVERCOMING THE FEAR OF MAN

Heb 11:23 – “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.” This verse addresses the faith, not of Moses, but of Moses’ parents.  It addresses two actions of his parents. They hid Moses for three months. They were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

There are many questions that can be asked from this one verse; answers to which we must look elsewhere.

Who was this king?
What was the commandment?
Why was it given?
Who were Moses’ parents?
What possible Word from God had they received either directly or indirectly?
Where did this take place?
When – given in the passage: Moses’ parents acted by faith AFTER the king’s commandment had been given.

To answer these questions we must go back to the books of Genesis and Exodus.

Genesis ends with the death of Joseph, 2nd in command in all Egypt.
Exodus opens years later.
Exodus 1:1-5

70 souls went into Egypt
Detail of how this happened is found in Genesis 45:25-28; 46:1-4
It was God’s choice that in Egypt He would fulfill His promise made to Jacob, but also to Abraham and Isaac.
Gen 12:2 – “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:”
70 did not include any of the wives or any of the daughters, only the males, 46:26, 27
Included in this number were the sons of Levi – Gershon, Kohath, and Merari, 46:11
70 went down into Egypt, but in Ex. 12:37, 600,000 men on foot left.
Estimated that anywhere from 3.5 – 13 million folk left Egypt.

Ex. 1:7 – “And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.”

Ex 1:8 – “Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.”

A new king in every sense of the word. Not merely the successor of the king before him; but altogether new – even a new dynasty.

Act 7:17-18 – “But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt, Till ANOTHER king arose, which knew not Joseph.”

We need to understand the word ANOTHER in this passage.  In doing so, we will turn to another passage that uses the word another.

Gal 1:6-7 – “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another (heteros) gospel:  Which is not another (allos); but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”

1st Another – heteros – “one not of the same nature, form, class, kind; different”
2nd Another – allos – “absolutely one of the same kind”
(from Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database.)

Steven used heteros – “one not of the same nature, form, class, kind; different.”

This proves the truth of the Egyptologists and the Archeologists who say that at this time there was a new and different Dynasty and this Dynasty was Assyrian.

Isa. 52:4 – “For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.”

This Assyrian who oppressed them without cause was the “new” and “different” king who stood up in the place of the previous dynasty.

Josephus wrote of “the crown being come unto another family.”
From all these sources comes the explanation WHY this “new” Pharaoh did “not know Joseph,” and why, so soon after his accession, he should be in fear of enemies rising up, with whom the Israelites could take sides, and “so get up out of the land.”

Know – Acknowledge

Ex 1:10 – “Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.”

Pharaoh’s Wisdom – two fold
Oppressed and afflicted them with heavy burdens under cruel task-masters
The midwives were to kill every male child at birth, and to let the female children live.
Every male child born was to be cast into the river.

All this was to put an end to the phenomenal growth of the Israelites.

Ex 1:12 – “But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.”

God had said that it was there (in Egypt) that He would make of them a great nation.

God rules in heaven and in earth and He overrules the will of man to accomplish His Holy and Divine purposes.
Prov 19:21 – “There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the LORD’s counsel — that will stand.”

Prov 21:30 – “There is no wisdom or understanding or counsel against the LORD.”

Ps 33:10-11 – “The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.”

No one overrules God!
God can and will overrule the devices of man!

God overruled Pharaoh and used Pharaoh to accomplish His will.  It was Pharaoh that ended up giving protection, board, lodging, and education to the very man who accomplished the very thing Pharaoh was trying to prevent!

Oh, the Greatness of God!

It was under this backdrop that Moses was born.

Heb 11:23 – “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.”
Who were Moses’ parents?
Gen 46:11 – “And the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.”
Exodus 6:16, 18, 20

Levi – Kohath – Amram – Moses & Aaron (by Jochebed, Kohath’s sister and daughter of Levi). Jochebed was the daughter of Levi and could have very well been born by the time the family left Canaan and went into Egypt.

Moses’ parents – Amram and Jochebed

In the midst of this great oppression, Amram and Jochebed lived by Faith.
What appears to be defiance or even recklessness was actually the “obedience of faith”.
Rom. 10:17 – “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
Amram and Jochebed must have heard, either directly or indirectly, a word from God.

Read Acts 7:17 – 25 (emphasis on v25)

Acts 7:25 – “For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.”

Ex 3:4-6 – “… Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”

Where did Moses receive this knowledge that he was to be the deliverer of Israel?
More than likely it was from his parents.
Thus they acted “by Faith.”

Heb 11:23 – “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.”

We learn from Moses’ parents that:

Faith Overcoming The Fear Of Man

Conclusion:

We do not live under this type of fear today.
We do not live under the type of fear that our brethren of the 1st century endured.
BUT, we do live under “the king’s commandments” today.
Cannot display scripture in public places
Cannot pray in schools, ballgames, public meetings
Cannot discuss bible or religion at work
Cannot read your bible in some work places
Cannot discipline your children as the bible teaches
Commands against God are given in all areas of life.

Matt 10:28 – “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Acts 5:28-29 – “Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We Ought To Obey God Rather Than Men.”

Rev 21:8 – “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

You will knock on someone’s door and may get cursed out.
People will try to intimidate you.
It may become illegal to share the gospel in certain places.
It may cost you your job.
It may cost you prison time.
It may cost you financial lost.
It may cost you even your life.

Faith Overcomes The Fear Of Man

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