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It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw and believed that God had given them an unusual child, and they WERE NOT AFRAID to disobey the king’s command

Heb 11:23

FAITH, is that divine conviction and assurance that comes from within, that moves a person to act in a certain way, and to do great exploits. The Book of Hebrews brings to the fore many great feats of the men and women in the Old Testament times and reveals the main driving force behind their acts and confessions as FAITH. Among such people were Moses, his parents (Amram and Jochebed) and his big sister, Miriam.

There was a decree by the Pharaoh at the time to kill all male babies in Egypt. Infact, he gave the Egyptian people the liberty to throw all newborn males into the Nile to drown and die; to even decide to let the girls live or join the boys. Their instructions were that ,” the girls may live!

Then Pharoah gave this order to all his people: throw every newborn Hebrew boy into the Nile River. But you may let the girls live.

(Exodus 1:22).

The girls may live.

The task was given to the Egyptians to throw the male newborns into the Nile. It was not left to only the soldiers. That was more dangerous because the people will know all the ladies that got pregnant and be watching to see what gender their babies were when they finally put to birth. So how come they missed Moses? Or like the midwives who feared God, the people who knew about Jochebed’s delivery kept quiet about it and refused to tell on her? Goes to show just how risky the decision to keep Moses was.

However, Moses’ parents and his sister did something unusual; something ordinary men or women will not dare to do. They all risked execution if found out, together with the baby they were preserving! But their faith, rooted in deep trust for their God, and love for Him, were not afraid at all of Pharaoh or his executioners.

They hid the baby for three months because they “saw with the eye of faith”, and were convinced their child had a divinely- appointed destiny , and therefore preserved him not regarding the king’s command.

No other family or person at the time has ever been recorded as having hid or even attempted to keep their male babies from death during that time. And it is recorded that the Jews were so fertile that their reproduction rate alarmed the Egyptians.

Therefore we can safely conclude that all the male babies of the Jews were surrendered to the Egyptian soldiers to be killed. All but Moses.

Not this family whose faith was defying Pharoah’s edict which was in fact a devilish attempt to derail the course of the word of God. By their faith and perseverance, they were in reality ushering in the fulfilment of the word of God that He spoke to Abraham years ago.

Then the LORD said to Abram, “You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years. But l will punish the nation that enslaves them and in the end they will come away with great wealth

Gen 15:13- 15

And because God rewards faith, their faith in Him yielded great results. We were told why they hid the baby – because they saw he was not an ordinary child, but one that was destined to fulfill the LORD’S purposes; and acting on their convictions, demonstrated faith over Pharaoh’s decree. Their faith made them very bold.

“THEY WERE NOT AFRAID OF THE KING’S COMMAND” aside the uniqueness of their child. That’s remarkable ! When the word gets hold of us, we can have power and control over situations, turning things around.

And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect . . .. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear

1John 4:17-18

Faith always resists fear; and fear will always resist faith, too. But then, perfect love casts out fear and faith always operates with love. By faith they overcame the king’s decree. Because they had love for God, and trusted Him to protect their baby boy. Love comes with trust too.

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love

1 John 4:18

No power or authority can place an embargo on our faith or mind. We can overcome the doctor’s report about that sickness; for we overcome the world through our faith (1John 5:4).

It is our confidence, trust, convictions and beliefs in the King of Kings and His eternal Word that makes us unshakable in life.

Though the book of Hebrews, written to the Hebrews, does not mention the faith of the Egyptian midwives and their activities in favor of the Hebrew women and their newborn males that thwarted Pharaoh’s plan, and preserved them, yet they displayed fearless faith in God too. Pharaoh had met with them, and instructed them to tag in with his diabolic plans:

When you help the Hebrew women as they give birth, watch as they deliver. If the baby is a boy, kill him . . .. But because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the kings orders. They allowed the boys to live too.

Exodus 1:16-17

It is on record that they had reverence for Yahweh, and fearlessly refused to obey. They were very much aware and alive to the fact that the God of the Hebrews was present with them. And God rewarded them for their faith in Him. So we see how faith is so fearless, how true faith is ready to overturn contrary edicts, instructions, orders, and decrees and plans. And how God rewards it by preserving and blessing those who exemplify it.

Any act or plan that is contrary to the plan or word of God is not the will of God. For God had spoken deliverance for the Hebrews enslaved in Egypt, and that time was due.

Don’t be afraid of any decree or command posed by any man or spirit, that contradicts God’s word and plan for your life. Let us then seek to identify God’s purposes for our lives and live them out in accordance with the word of God, through living out our convictions by faith in Him. His plan will always be accomplished and His purposes and intents will always be established. We must walk in love, trust in God’s love for us -being convicted of the same. And moved by our faith in God, let us fearlessly stand and act against any act or word that contradicts God’s. For we are overcomers through Christ Jesus (1 John 5:4 ). The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us always. Amen

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