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Bible Notes

Hebrews 11:24-27 (29.05.24)

Hebrews 11:24-27 (NIVUK)
24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be ill-treated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 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. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.

Have you heard of the Marshmallow Test? In it a child is shown a marshmallow on a plate by the researcher, who tells them that they are going out for a moment. They are told that if the marshmallow is still on the plate when the researcher returns, then they will be given a second one to go with it. If they choose, however, to eat it whilst the researcher is away, when they return, they will not be given a second. It is a test of self-control and the ability to delay gratification. I suspect Moses would pass this test! He was offered the marshmallow of temporary comfort and power of being in Pharaoh’s palace, or refusing it and facing opposition and struggle in standing up for the Israelites, with the promise of something greater ahead – ultimately the promise of salvation in Christ, something eternal and complete. He chose following God’s way of compassion and Jesus.

Spirit, help me today to put aside my own desires and seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, knowing that all I need will follow. (Mt. 6:33)

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