by Kristen C. Strocchia
“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26
After Amram and Jochebed went to great lengths to protect Moses’ life, he was drawn from the Nile by none other than Pharoah’s daughter. Therefore, he was raised in Pharoah’s own household, and God rewarded his real mother for her faith by allowing her to be nursemaid to the son she’d sacrificed to save.
Now in Egypt, Pharaoh was considered to be a god. But by faith–absolute certainty in what he hoped for, but couldn’t see–Moses chose to identify himself with the one true God. Probably Jochebed spoke openly with baby and toddler Moses, nourishing him spiritually as much as physically.
And I love that scripture uses the word refused. No doubt Pharoah’s daughter, considering herself his mother, tried to dissuade Moses of turning his back on everything that she and Pharoah’s household had to offer. Fame. Power. Wealth. The finest foods. The richest clothes and jewels. Armies. Cities. Servants. The chance to be revered as a god among men. But Moses refused.
He recognized that it was eternally worth more to be a poor, beaten slave and a disgrace in the eyes of his adopted Egyptian family and nation than to give in to the temptations of Egypt. He recognized that there is only one God, eternally existent, and he was not it. So if he was not and could not be God, then he needed to personally know and follow the one true God who was and is and is to come.
This lie that we can be our own god is Satan’s only tactic. He convinced half of the angels in heaven–not that they could be better than God, because they probably would have seen right through that logic–but that they could be like God. They could be their own god. He ushered sin into the world with this same argument in the Garden of Eden, telling Adam and Eve that they could be, “like God, knowing good and evil,” [Genesis 3:5]. Then he tempted Moses–through his affluent upbringing–with becoming his own god and that of all Egypt [Exodus 2:11-12]. Satan even tried to tempt Jesus, God’s Son, with making Himself His own God [Matthew 4:8-9]. As if Jesus could or would separate His entity from the triune Godhead!
If Satan convinced angels and Adam and Eve, and tried to tempt the heroes of faith and Jesus Himself, then we have to discern when he speaks this deception into our lives as well–and tempt us he will.
Is God on the throne of your heart? Do you live your life in such a way that others see that you’d rather be a worldly disgrace for Christ than anything else?