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Hebrews 11:23

by Pastor Timothy Smith on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

Moses’ life as an infant depended on the faith of his parents. The three months mentioned here are also described in Exodus 2:2, where his mother “hid him for three months.” Perhaps there is some irony in the way they treated Pharaoh’s murderous order to kill every male child. He commanded that “every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile” (Exodus 1:22), and Moses’ parents set their baby drifting in that very river—in a waterproofed basket. But our inspired writer says that they were unafraid, and we know from their actions that they did everything they could to insure his welfare, but finally they had to entrust his safety to the Lord.

When Jesus was born, Herod the Great issued a similar command to kill all of the baby boys from the village of Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16). Mary and Joseph ran away to the nearest place of safety—the very same Egypt where Moses had been born. The place where baby Moses was endangered was the place where baby Jesus was removed from danger. Moses was “no ordinary child,” but our author spent considerable ink earlier in the book showing how much superior Christ is to Moses (3:1-19).

In Revelation 12:4-6, John sees this vision: “The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who ‘will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.’ And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.” The dragon is Satan, and the child is obviously Jesus. But be careful about the identity of the woman. The last verse of Revelation 12 shows that she is the mother of all believers. “Such language is never used of the Virgin Mary in the New Testament. But of the church, the heavenly Jerusalem, St. Paul says that she in the mother of us all (Galatians 4:26)” (Dr. S. Becker, Revelation—The Distant Triumph Song p. 182). So Christ came out of the small, frightened early church “in the wilderness,” the handful of believers who looked for the Christ to come and who recognized him when he came. These were people—his own relatives—who had to be shown the truth in visions from angels. But by the grace and the command of God the angels came. The gospel was preached, and the people believed. By faith they took care of the baby just as Moses’ mother had so boldly cared for him.

By faith we look forward to the coming of Christ. And we know that what we look forward to will come, with more certainty than the turning of the earth, with more brightness than the dawn, with more blessings than mankind could have ever imagined.

He comes!

In Christ,
Pastor Timothy Smith

Pastor Tim SmithAbout Pastor Timothy Smith
Pastor Smith serves St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm, Minnesota. His wife, Kathryn, attended the Chapel from 1987-1990 while studying Secondary Education (Theater and Math) at UW-Madison. Kathryn’s father, John Meyer, was also the first man to serve as a Vicar at Chapel.

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