Unafraid of the King’s Edict

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents,
because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
(Hebrews 11:23 ESV)

Amram and Jochebed exercised a brave yet dangerous faith when Moses was born to them. The King or Pharaoh of Egypt had ordered the death by drowning in the Nile River of all Hebrew boys. They disobeyed. In fact, their hiding of the baby was an act of faith.

Faith is presented in the example of this Levite couple as the opposite of fear. Consider all of the factors for which fear would have seemed to be the normal response. Yet faith trumped all of these factors.

Politically they were defying the most powerful man in the world. Yet his power was no match to the promises of God. This political ruler was already enslaving the Hebrew people, but they knew that freedom comes through trusting in God who rules over all.

Disobeying this edict of Pharaoh could have cost them their life. But they were not willing to sacrifice the life of their newborn son to save their own.

In my more than half of a century living on this earth, it appears more and more likely that western and/or American Christians may have to make similar choices to that of Amram and Jochebed. Will we have the faith to act on the word of God rather than fear the laws of men who dismiss the authority of God?