Good, God-Fearing Parents

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 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 11:23-26).

Godly offspring—which is highly valued by God (Malachi 2:15)—is no accident. The solid foundation for Moses’ faith and character was wisely and purposefully laid by his good, God-fearing parents.

Moses’ parents had vision. They saw that “he was a beautiful child”. This is not stating that they thought they had a “cute” baby. Rather, it speaks of a spiritual vision they had for their youngest son. Cultivating a beautiful soul within your offspring is far more valuable than raising a “cute” kid.

Moses’ parents had virtue. Combining the moral excellence of their vision with their example of courage and daring (see yesterday’s post), Moses’ good, God-fearing parents had the essential components of virtue. Though Moses’ actions were misguided when he struck down an Egyptian who was oppressing one of his fellow Israelites, his sense of right and wrong plus a willingness to take action in the face of evil are strong indicators that he had virtuous parents.

Moses’ parents had values. Your values are reflected in the choices you make. That Moses would choose spiritual and eternal treasures over fleeting pleasures (something Esau did not do—Hebrews 12:16) is not something he would have learned in Pharaoh’s court. It was instilled by his good, God-fearing parents.

Good, God-fearing parents have vision, virtue, and values like Moses’ parents did.

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