The Faith of Moses’ Parents…
Today, we talk about a couple that does not generally get much attention – Moses’ parents:
By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after his birth, because they saw that he was a beautiful child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. -Hebrews 11:23 NAB
At the time of Moses’ birth, the Jewish people were being persecuted by the Egyptian pharoah, who was killing all of the Jewish baby boys. Despite this, Moses’ parents risked everything to hide and care for Moses for the first three months of his life.
We read about Moses’ birth in Exodus 2, and we find out that after three months, Moses’ mother placed him in a basket to float down the river to a new life. He was then found and adopted by the pharoah’s daughter.
The faith of Moses’ parents is shown in their trust in God’s will for their son. Risking their own life took faith. Sending him floating down a river took faith. Following God in the face of persecution took faith.
Today, as we face greater persecution in this world for our beliefs, do we have the faith to follow God? When the world mocks and ridicules us, do we stand up for what we believe? When politicians pass laws that infringe on our freedoms, do we make our voices heard?
We may not be facing the same level of persecution as the Jews did under pharoah, but it can still be a challenge to stand firm for what we believe. If men and women from every generation had not stood up to some form of persecution, the Church would not have survived these last 2,000 years.
By standing up for what we believe in today, we are ensuring that our children will have the gift of the Church tomorrow. The choices we make now will have an impact on many generations to come.