By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. (Heb 11:24-26) I thought of this scripture today because I think of how amazing it is that in spite of growing antisemitism, we as Believers long to discover the Hebrew connection that binds us biologically to Messiah. I have witnessed hope restored to a mistreated people because of such severe hardships that either they themselves or their ancestors had to endure receive such encouragement in the discovery of who they are in Messiah. Everyone in this life has endured something, that is one certainty you can expect to occur at some point if you just keep living. However, I am not talking about the average issues that we face, I am talking about people who have had to endure extreme hardship and targeted and strategic persecution worldwide. Returning back to the Hebraic roots of our faith has been a journey of discovering my true identity in Christ, and the more I learn of him the less of the things that this life has to offer do I desire to have. At some point we should desire the identity of Christ more than the identity of Egypt (the World). There are three ways we choose the identity of the world over the identity of the Creator.
- We seek the acceptance of the world (James 4:4)
- We seek the wealth of the world (Luke 12:22-31; 1 Tim. 6:10)
- We seek the wisdom of the world (1 Cor. 1:27; Col. 2:8)
Moses clearly denied himself of all three when he chose to leave all he learned and possessed in Egypt and headed to the hills towards God. Often we see in scripture the way up as it relates to God appears to be down as it relates to the world. As we journey through Exodus, it would be a great time to really press in to the Father to see what area he is calling us to exit so that we can enter into His promises for us.