In our continued study of Hebrews chapter eleven we will look at verses twenty-three through twentynine. Remember, Hebrews chapter eleven deals with the roll call of honor. Those believers who stood
out for their stand with and for God. In verses twenty-three through twenty-nine God talks about
Hebrews 11:23 (KJV)
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.
The Pharaoh’s commandment was to kill all of the male children born of Hebrew women (Exo. 1:22). To
disobey Pharaoh’s commandment was a death sentence if you were caught.
The word “proper” in verse twenty-three is much more than what we think of as proper today. Proper
here means “godly” child. They saw beyond the baby to what he could be.
The saving of the child Moses could only be done with God’s intervention. Let me just explain that
Hebrews is the roll call of honor and verse twenty-three isn’t talking about Moses and what he did, but,
what his parents and sister did. So, this was so monumental that they are in the roll call of honor!
Exodus 2:1-10 (KJV)
1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.
2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child,
she hid him three months.
3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it
with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s
4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked
along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.
6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had
compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.
7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew
women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother.
9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will
give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.
10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son.
And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
Hebrews 11:24-26 (KJV)
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto
the recompence of the reward.
Moses had it good. He was raised in the house of Pharaoh as the grandson of Pharaoh. He had the best
education that was available in that day. He was schooled in everything from literature to combat. He
had the finest clothes, the best food and the finest place to live. He had his choice of women. He could
have lived a life of parties and opulence. But, who nursed him and taught him when he was an infant
and young child? His real mother. She must have instilled a burning desire within the heart of Moses to
walk with and for God.
Jesus Christ was born thousands of years after Moses. So, what does it mean “esteeming the reproach
of Christ?” The theme of, the one all invasive subject of the Bible is Jesus Christ. All of the believers of
the Old Testament looked forward to the coming of Christ the redeemer of the World. Abraham looked
forward to the coming of Christ. Noah looked forward to Christ’s coming. They all looked forward to it
and what it would do for mankind. It had been foretold in Genesis chapter three. So, Moses made a free
will decision. One that each and everyone of us has to make. You choose one way or the other. There is
no option to not choose. By not choosing you make your choice. Do you store up for yourself treasures
in Heaven, or in Moses’ case, in paradise, or do you “get yours” here on Earth? Moses chose to be
rewarded throughout all of eternity for his stand.
Also, notice in verse twenty-five that it doesn’t say Moses chose to suffer reproach with the Hebrews or
with the children of Abraham. Nope! It says he chose to suffer with THE PEOPLE OF GOD. God’s chosen!
And when people persecute God’s people they are building up damnation for themselves for all eternity.
And, if you don’t believe me just read II Thessalonians chapter one sometime.
Hebrews 11:27 (KJV)
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is
We have something that Moses couldn’t have. We have Christ in us. It was not available until the Day of
Pentecost. Yet, look at the stand of Moses and what he accomplished!
Hebrews 11:28 (KJV)
28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn
should touch them.
Moses believed God. He believed what God told him and he did exactly what God told him and all of
Israel to do. By doing this Moses saved the first born of all who put blood on the door post and lintel of
their house.Exodus 12:21-28 (KJV)
21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb
according to your families, and kill the passover.
22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel
and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his
house until the morning.
23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel,
and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in
unto your houses to smite you.
24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.
25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he
hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.
26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?
27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’S passover, who passed over the houses of the children
of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the
head and worshipped.
28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did
Notice it says that he kept the Passover. The first part of the Passover was the blood on the lintel and
door posts. The other part of the Passover was the dinner. The eating of the Passover lamb and
unleavened bread was for their healing and health so that not one person was sick or infirmed among all
of the tribes of Israel, over one million people.
Psalm 105:37 (KJV)
37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their
Exodus 12:1-11 (KJV)
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to
3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall
take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house
take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your
count for the lamb.
5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep,
or from the goats:
6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of
the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post
of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter
herbs they shall eat it.
9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and
with the purtenance thereof.
10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the
morning ye shall burn with fire.
11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your
hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover.
Hebrews 11:29 (KJV)
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were
In verse twenty-three it is Moses’ family that believed. In verses twenty-four through twenty-eight it is
Moses who believed. But, in verse twenty-nine it was all of Israel that believed!
Exodus 14:13-31 (KJV)
13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD,
which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them
again no more for ever.
14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of
Israel, that they go forward:
16 But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children
of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will
get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon
Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them;
and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and
darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all
the night.
21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a
strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters
were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s
horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the
Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,
25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let
us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.
26 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may comeagain upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.
27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the
morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in
the midst of the sea.
28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of
Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.
29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a
wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the
Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.
31 And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people
feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.