“Exposing the Exodus”
The Family of Faith (Chapter 2 Verses 1-4)
It is faith of course that overcomes fear. In this case, of the king’s edict. What is thrilling here is the ordinariness of the family scene here, yet so significant in the purposes of God. In the eyes of a godless nation and its king, totally insignificant. Yet these are history changing events. Perhaps some would criticise these parents for having another child in such dangerous times and circumstances. Amram and Jochebed already had two children, Miriam and Aaron (Exodus 6:20). But faith prevails here. It is faith that tells them that this child is significant (v2), he, Moses, “was beautiful in God’s sight” (Acts 7:20). Thus in faith they defy the king’s edict, which of course would lead to punishment, death. In faith they did the only thing they could do. I witnessed a like faith a day or two ago. A friend’s husband was a step away from death. The doctors gave up, gave him hours to live, no more they could do, they said he would soon be gone. No extravagant claims, just quietly, but with the confidence of faith she said to her son, “the Lord will decide that.” Her husband recovered to the utter amazement of the medics.
This is what faith does in the crises of life, it trusts God for the outcome. As laws are being passed in our nation today, which are contrary to God, his character and nature of holiness, the time’s coming when we are going to have to stand up and be counted. We will either run and hide, or capitulate. As more and more Christian societies, denominations and churches fold and give in to an wholesale abandonment to homosexual ethics, it is vitally important that God’s people are made aware of the consequences of this. “The choice before us thus seems to be this: either we will discriminate against homosexuals, or we will discriminate against the Word of God. We will either aim to convert the homosexual and have him transformed into the image of Christ, or we will aim to convert the churches thinking about God’s Word and transform the Christian ethic into the image of homosexual values” (G. Bahnsen). This is more than a battle about ethics, it is a fight for the very Word of God. The highest reach of faith is to stand on the Word of God, if we don’t, we’ve given up, we’ve lost the fight, we are no longer Christian. Will we, will you stand? Will you trust in God your Saviour? (© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)