THE INVISIBLE FRIEND
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible (Hebrews 11:23-25;27 NKJV).
Four hundred years after Joseph was buried in Egypt, another Hebrew, named Moses, was raised as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. This made him grandson and heir to the king of Egypt. Moses was raised in the midst of wealth that we cannot imagine. But when he had come of age, Moses chose what Paul called the “reproaches of Christ” (Rom. 15:3) because they were more valuable to him than all the gold and power in the palace.
The reward that Moses received in exchange for his “sacrifice” was the same reward that God gave to Abraham and to Enoch. It was not something measured by natural, tangible wealth. The reward was God Himself. In Genesis 15:1, God told Abraham that He was his reward. In Deuteronomy 10:9, He told the Levites that He was their portion. By faith, Moses forsook Egypt. Have you forsaken Egypt or is Egypt still in your heart? All throughout the Bible, Egypt is a type of the world. The only way to get Egypt out of your heart is to drive it out by getting more of God in your heart. Egypt must be replaced by Zion. The invisible God must replace the visible treasures of this world.
Moses caught a glimpse of a reward more valuable than all the wealth, power, and entertainment that this world has to offer. The angel of the Lord appeared to Moses “in a flame of fire, out of the midst of a bush” (Exod. 3:2). As he beheld the bush, it burned with fire, but the bush was not consumed. God said, “I am who I am.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Exod. 3:14). Moses didn’t fear the wrath of the king because he saw a greater king that day in the fiery bush. Once you have trembled in the presence of the almighty, majestic God, the ruler of Heaven and earth, you cannot fear man anymore. Moses didn’t care what Pharaoh said or how much power he had. He didn’t care how many armies or how much gold he had. He could look Pharaoh in the eye and not be afraid because he had seen the One who we all have to fear. Moses looked at Pharaoh and realized that the king of Egypt was just a coward, hiding behind his gold and his army. How could Moses be afraid? He had been in the fire. He had seen the bush. He had seen the glory. How could he be afraid of a natural man when he had seen this awesome God? Moses had stepped into the presence of the invisible God who inhabits eternity. He saw God for himself. He saw the One who our natural eyes cannot see. Moses glimpsed the King of Glory with the eyes of his heart; God was bigger to him than any man or any problem on earth.