Choosing Christ

Hebrews 11.24

Sermon by Dr Peter Masters

Moses was already a ‘man of God’, when he chose to leave his royal life for God’s service, but his choice vividly highlights the issues in responding to the call of the Gospel – the call to Christ and to eternal life. Here are the cries of both dissuasion and persuasion.

‘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.

My title is very simply ‘choosing Christ.’ Moses chose rather the things of God rather than the things of this present world. A momentous choice for Moses at the age of 40. A far, far better choice for him. An intelligent choice, an eternal choice, a choice that would lead to things that would last forever – a permanent choice. Well, he had spent all his years up to this point in the royal household in Egypt. You know about Moses. You know how he was taken in by Pharaoh’s daughter as a baby, and he grew up in the Royal Palace of Egypt, a Jewish baby, a Hebrew baby in Egyptian surroundings.

This is speculation, but it’s very probable: very likely he was probably destined to be a future pharaoh, he was trained to that end, he was prepared for it, and he excelled in his training in the household in the palace of Egypt. And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. We’re told in the Book of Acts, chapter seven, he was mighty in works and in deeds, so he excelled, and that was some position to be in. He had a high place. There’s no doubt we could say a lot about Moses and even his natural gifts.

Now the Bible is an inspired book. It’s given under inspiration. And yet we learned from the Bible that the way in which God inspired the writers of Scripture was in such a way that their own style and their own literary manner survived. All the different books or portions of the Bible are in different styles of writing. They are God’s word. He inspired, designed, intended every word. Not that the Bible writers wrote the gist of it. No, they wrote exactly what God intended. But remarkably, God used their human styles, their own approach.’

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