23 Because Moses' parents had faith, they kept him hidden until he was three months old. They saw that he was a beautiful child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king's orders. 24 Then after Moses grew up, his faith made him refuse to be called the king's grandson. 25 He chose to be mistreated with God's people instead of having the good time that sin could bring for a little while. 26Moses knew that the treasures of Egypt were not as wonderful as what he would receive from suffering for the Messiah, and he looked forward to his reward.
27Because of his faith, Moses left Egypt. Moses had seen the invisible God and wasn't afraid of the king's anger. 28 His faith also made him celebrate Passover. He sprinkled the blood of animals on the doorposts, so that the first-born sons of the people of Israel would not be killed by the destroying angel.
29 Because of their faith, the people walked through the Red Sea on dry land. But when the Egyptians tried to do it, they were drowned.
30 God's people had faith, and when they had walked around the city of Jericho for seven days, its walls fell down.
31 Rahab had been a prostitute, but she had faith and welcomed the spies. So she wasn't killed with the people who disobeyed.
Faith changes everything. It changes the world. It will change your circumstances and the world around you too. That’s the great takeaway from today’s reading. Faith is the “because factor” that set the enslaved people of Israel free.
Three consecutive paragraphs from today’s reading begin with the word because. Because of his parents’ faith Moses life was spared (v 23). Because Moses had faith, he said no to the temptations of this world and yes to the Lord’s calling on his life. By acting on his faith in the miracle working power of God, Moses oversaw the deliverance of his people. God was at work because of the obedient faith of this one man.
The infectious faith of Moses had a profound effect on God’s people. They did not shrink back when the waters of the sea parted. Therefore, we read: “Because of their faith, the people walked through the Red Sea on dry land. But when the Egyptians tried to do it, they were drowned” (v 29).
People of faith generate the spark of faith in others. Then they fan that spark into an open flame. Because of his faith, Moses did just that in the hearts and minds of God’s people.
Are there people who spark faith in you? Are you fanning the flame of faith in others? Remember faith is the “because factor” that changed the ancient world. It can change our world too.
Heavenly Father, increase my faith. Give me eyes to see as you see – eyes that are no longer blind to your power and the endless possibilities that come through obedient faith. I look to you. I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.