Hebrews 11:24

Thursday, 21 March 2019

By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, Hebrews 11:24

The author now turns directly to Moses. Whereas the previous verse spoke of Moses only in relation to his parents, the faith of Moses himself is now highlighted. The author notes the account of Exodus 2:11, where he cites the Greek translation of that passage saying, “when he became of age.” The entire verse says –

“Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren.”

This is then followed up by the author with the thought that he “refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.” The text implies this in the next verse of Exodus 2, which says that “…he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand” (Exodus 2:12).

By aligning himself with the Hebrew people, he disassociated himself from his adopted family. He understood that he was, and would always be, a Hebrew. Though it would be many years later before he was truly aligned with them in a way which would benefit them, this first recorded act on his part demonstrated that his natural inclination was to be identified with the Hebrew people. The author will explain what this means concerning Moses the man in the verses ahead.

Life application: It is important to be careful not to let movies or written stories over-influence our notion of biblical characters. Very little is said of Moses’ adopted mother or him during his youth. If you read Exodus 2:5-10, that’s all you’ll get about her and his early life from the Old Testament. The very next verse (verse 11) occurs when he is forty years old. The only other thing that we can determine from the Bible about the intervening years is recorded in Acts 7:20-22 during Stephen’s speech –

“At this time Moses was born, and was well pleasing to God; and he was brought up in his father’s house for three months. 21 But when he was set out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him away and brought him up as her own son. 22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.”

Unfortunately, because of movies like The Ten Commandments, people mix story information with the Bible. This verse in Hebrews gives us an insight into Moses and his character not otherwise revealed elsewhere in the Bible, and which probably came from a source similar to that spoken by Stephen in Acts 7. This may have been an oral or a written tradition, but as it was written by an apostle under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we can be certain of its accuracy. The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus records quite a bit of extra-biblical information on Moses which is interesting, but should that not be held as authoritative. All of the writings of Josephus can be found online by a simple internet search. Enjoy your studies, but be careful to remember what is, and what is not, Scripture.

Lord God, how wonderful it is to read and know your word! Thank you that what the Bible records is useful for our instruction, our edification, and our contemplation. Thank you also for telling us about the faithful believers of the past. By reading about their lives, we can be built up in our faith as well. Thank You for having provided us so much in Your word to guide our steps. Amen.

6 thoughts on “Hebrews 11:24

  • Thursday, March 21st, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Yes it’s artistic license or embellishing ! I have to admit I ate that stuff up growing up with out reading the bible. I kinda took it as gospel, as a visual bible and believed no one would Change Gods words. Thank God I finaly did read the bible and now with many ” bible based movies” I am left scratching my head and asking where is that In The bible??? Oh for sure I have seen some movies that are true to the words of the bible but they didn’t come out of Hollyweird!
    Thank God for opening our eyes and giving us a decerning nature that leads us to find the truth of the bible and not be sheep just listening to what others tell us what’s in it and taking their uninformed word as gospel. We do have to admit as imperfect as most bible movies are the silver lining around them is they provided that crack in the door to let some light of truth in to our lives about the bible and in some cases stimulated us to want to know more about the bible and God.

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you
    God bless my friends we fly soon

  • Thursday, March 21st, 2019 at 8:41 am

    thank you

  • Thursday, March 21st, 2019 at 11:01 am

    This passage brings back so many memories for me about the Bible.In the 1950’s American Missionaries brought the gospel to Trinidad . During the summer months when schools were on vacation, they instituted something called D.V.B.S- daily vacation bible school and boy did we learn about the bible. We had to memorize one verse daily so that at the end of 10 days we all would have learnt 10 scripture verses.
    We were taught the “pledge to the bible” I still remember it after 60 years. Permit me to share it with you

    ” I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s holy word,
    And I will make it a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path, and I will hide its word in my heart
    That I might not sin against God.”

    We would sing
    “The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me, I stand alone on the word of God, the B-I-B-L E”

    The bible became so precious to us. Yes the movies are not always consistent with scripture that is why as Gordon mentions reading and knowing the bible makes the difference. We can immediately discern and sense that something is wrong. From my experience , I believe with my whole heart that children should be taught the word of God as early as possible. It made all the difference in my life. Thank you America for sending missionaries to my country to teach us the bible. Thank you Father God for sending them. Thank you Pastor Charlie for continuing to teach us. I am learning everyday from you teaching.

  • Thursday, March 21st, 2019 at 11:24 am

    BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! Whoo hoo it’s Thursday, bible study day, can’t see comments or make comments on live ewe tewb ( YouTube) so I watch again later to like and comment to hopefully get more exposure in search results for people . Don’t forget to like and subscribe and comment even if it’s just a smiley face if you watch on you tube . Let’s help get the superior word on people’s screen and the SUPERIOR WORD OF GOD in people’s heart. Bless you all.

  • Thursday, March 21st, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you! 🙂

    Today’s writing reminds me of the Spurgeon quote:

    “Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather it is the difference between right and almost right.”

    False teachings and false religions are rife with partial truths.

    Father God please grow our discernment in all things as we faithfully study and learn Your Superior Word.

  • Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Wow, such great comments today. Thank you all so much. God bless you and keep you. And,,, have a MOST blessed weekend!


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