Fearless Faith – Moses: The Character of Leadership, Hebrews 11:23-29, Dr. Fred Fitzgerald, Teaching Team

Fearless Faith – Moses: The Character of Leadership

Hebrews 11:23-29.

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

 24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,

 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 

26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. 

27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. 

28 By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.

29 By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned.

This morning in our study of Hebrews chapter 11 we look at the life of Moses.

Moses was a leader, and his epitaph is recorded in the last three verses of 

Deuteronomy 34:10-12 

 10 And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom 

the LORD knew face to face,

 11 none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the LORD sent

 him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and 

to all his land,

 12 and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.

Here are some of Moses’ accomplishments:

• He led the people of Israel out of Egyptian Captivity.

• He led the people of Israel across the Red Sea.

• He led the people of Israel for 40 years in the Desert.

• He personally received the Ten Commandments directly from God.

• He is credited with the writing of the first five books of the Old Testament.

He is an amazing person, and an amazing leader.

One of the things that stands out about Moses to me is that for 40 years he NEVER let go of the Vision God had given him.

– The People complained, but he continually reminded them of who God is.

– The people sinned, but he continually brought them BACK to God.

– Moses would NOT see the fulfillment of the Promised land God would give them, but he was faithful as a leader to make sure his people got there!

To be honest with everyone this morning, I would be surprised to find if there were ANYONE who does not want to make some kind of positive difference in the world.

If you want to make a difference in this world, who better to learn from than Moses? 

Here is a little background…

Hebrews 11:23 –

 23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

God protected Moses and He knew what Moses’ purpose would be before Moses was even born. 

KNOW WHO YOU ARE

  1. Hebrews 11:24 -25

 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,

 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.

Basically, Moses gave up Royalty:

  • for Suffering,
  • oppression, 
  • and mistreatment. 

 Why would he do something like that? 

ii. Moses knew who he was. 

He knew that he BELONGED TO GOD.

 As it says in 1 Peter 1:18-19

 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 

19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

  1. God paid a High Price for You! 

Why did God think you were worth it?

  1. Because he made you. 
  1. Because before you were even born, he had a plan for you.
  1. In the same way that God preserved Moses and allowed him to grow up in pharaoh’s palace, he has a plan and a purpose for you.

1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

5. This is your identity; this is your purpose.

6. Moses learned who he was and sacrificed EVERYTHING to identify with God and His people.

And really, he was giving up what was temporary, for what was eternal.

  1. There is a wonderful metaphor in Jeremiah about Broken cisterns – 
  1. Jeremiah 2:13 – 

 For my people have committed two evils:

they have forsaken me,

the fountain of living waters,

and hewed out cisterns for themselves,

broken cisterns that can hold no water.

Know who you are.

KNOW WHAT YOU’RE LIVING FOR

• Hebrews 11:26 again speaking of Moses:

26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. 

• Moses knew that His purpose in Life was not his purpose, but it was God’s purpose lived out through Him.

• That is so important. 

 If you want to make an impact. 

 If you want to make a difference. 

 You have to realize that God is the potter, and you are the clay, and you must submit.

Romans 12:1-2 – 

 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

There are two pictures here:

One is that of being Conformed (like a handprint in playdough)

  • The other is of being Transformed (like clay)

PAUL’S STORY IS SOMEWHAT SIMILAR TO MOSES’

• Paul was a Pharisee. 

 He was basically a Jewish lawyer. 

 He was expert and people looked up to him because he had authority.

Philippians 3:8 – 

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. 

KNOW WHERE YOU STAND

• Hebrews 11:27 – 

By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.

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• Moses knew where He stood, He stood with the God most High

• In Exodus 3-4

When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”

So, Moses went over to check it out.

• READ EXODUS 3:1-10 

If you would please open your copy of God’s word to us.

1 Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of 

the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. 

And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the 

bush is not burned”.

 When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him. 

out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 

Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground”. 

 And he said, “I am the God of your father, the:

God of Abraham, 

the God of Isaac,

 and the God of Jacob”. 

And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Then the LORD said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who. 

are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters.

 I know their sufferings,

 and I have come down to deliver them out of the

 hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the 

Canaanites, 

the Hittites, 

the Amorites, 

the Perizzites, 

the Hivites, and 

the Jebusites. 

And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 

10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt”. 

• Moses’ Reply

o Who am I that I should go? (vs. 11)

God’s Answer I will be with you.

o What if they will not listen? (vs. 13)

God’s answer:  Tell them I sent you (vs. 14-15)

o What if they Do not Believe me? (Vs 4:1)

God’s Answer: What is that in your hand? (vs. 2-5)

  • I am not a good speaker! (vs. 10)

God’s Answer: I am with You, I made You, you are a tool in my Hand! (vs. 11-12)

  • God, PLEASE SEND SOMEONE ELSE! (vs. 13)

How does a person like THIS, get to the point of Deuteronomy 34:10

 10 And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom 

the LORD knew face to face, 

  • Deuteronomy 34:10-12 – 

10 And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,

 11 none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the 

LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, 

12 and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.

MOSES TALKED TO GOD

 It is a reality of his character, and it is the most important quality of Godly leadership.

  • MOSES LISTENED AND OBEYED 

God said to Moses…I have got a dream…and I want you to help carry it out.

It was way back in Genesis 12 when God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations…

that God would build a people for himself, and he would give them the Land of Canaan as their inheritance.

God’s people were currently under Egyptian captivity and in God picked Moses…

long before He was an Egyptian, 

long before he was a shepherd…

long before Moses even knew it…

Long before Moses was to do something Great for Him.

And God has a reason for your existence.

I cannot tell you what that purpose is, but God created you for himself…

He loved you before you were even born.

LISTEN TO GOD…and know where you stand.

So, back to Moses,  

What Did God Do?

We read in Hebrews 11:29 – 

 By faith, the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. 

Think about how big a step that first step was.

WHAT IS FAITH? 

It is the “substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen”.

One thing we learn about Faith from the life of Moses is that it causes people to step up in ways they never would have before.

Moses moved forward fearlessly because:

He KNEW WHO HE WAS

 (He belonged to God)

HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS LIVING FOR 

(For God’s Purpose, not his own)

HE KNEW WHERE HE STOOD (WITH GOD)

This morning, I need to be very honest and real with each of you I want to leave you with a few questions to really think about:  

Can you move forward fearlessly today?

Do you know who you are?

Do you know what you are living for?

Do you know where you stand with God?

I have the answer; Plan of salvation.

Folks the message on Fearless Faith is important. 

However I am going to ask you the most important question in your life. 

Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. 

The question is: Are you saved? 

It is not a question of how good you are, 

nor if you are a church member, 

but are you saved?  

Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die? 

God says: in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again.