“By faith Moses… choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward” (Hebrews 11:24-26 NKJV).
We see that even the basest status in the kingdom or the worst reputation in the eyes of the world is greater than any earthly pleasure or greatest riches. Moses was willing to suffer, he felt so strongly. And I think it’s interesting to note that here it says, as the Complete Jewish Bible made me aware, it is the reproach of the Messiah he believed in and thus suffered for – that promise of a Messiah, the perfect sinless Savior-to-come, that he lived for. Something we take for granted because we are living after the Messiah’s coming, but something they still looked for.
It was the reward to which he looked, which included the promise of a “city which has foundations…a heavenly country” (vv. 10,16), the city prepared for them by God.
This brings me to a previous thought of mine. The writer of Hebrews put an emphasis on the earthly nature of human dwelling, that it was in tents at the time of the Patriarchs, in order to better highlight the promise of a permanent dwelling place, “the city which has foundations.”
Are we still in tents, waiting for the promise, or have we put down our own foundations?
Are we looking to the reward of a heavenly city whose builder and maker is God?
Are we choosing to suffer affliction with the people of God rather than pursuing the passing pleasures of sin?
Do we esteem the shame of being a follower of the Messiah as greater riches than all the wealth of millionaires in the world?
By faith they obtained…