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“Make a Choice”
by Art Sadlier   
September 1st, 2007

Moses is one of the most fascinating characters in all of history. Born about 3.500 years ago, the son of Hebrew slaves, we all know the story of the bulrushes and how Pharaoh’s daughter rescued him.

“And the child grew, and she (Moses mother) brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son.” Exodus 2:10

He became the officially adopted, only son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Then he spent about thirty years as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, the only grandson of the Pharaoh. (We know how men delight in an only grandson.)

“And it came to pass in those days when Moses was grown.” Exodus 2:11. According to the customs of Egypt at that time, Pharaoh’s daughter would have the right to the throne when her Father died. However, it was also a fact that a woman could not ascend the throne. According to Josephus, the historian, she would have two choices. First, to marry and appoint her husband or second to appoint her son Moses.

So Moses was thirty years in the palace of Pharaoh being prepared for the throne.

Two great influences had pulled at the heart of Moses. First, at his Mother’s knee, he had learned that he was a Hebrew, the son of slaves. He learned also about God. He learned that God had told Abraham that the Hebrews would be slaves in Egypt for 400 years and that they would come out and go to the Promised Land. Moses mother knew that the 400 years was almost up. It seems that God had told her, that her son would lead Israel out of Egypt and slavery. Those few years at his mother’s knee had a powerful influence on Moses

Second, Moses spent thirty years in the palace; he was immersed in the culture of Egypt. He was indoctrinated in their idolatrous religion, and he was exposed to their incredible sensuality.

“He learned all the wisdom of Egypt” (Acts 7:22); undoubtedly he was the best educated man in the whole world. “He was mighty in words”, when Moses spoke there was not a man who could stand before him. The Scripture says he was “Mighty in deeds”. The historian Josephus says he was trained as a general in the army of Egypt. He also states that he led the Egyptian army in a great victory over the Ethiopians. He was a national hero.

Josephus tells us that Moses was so handsome that passersby would stop and stare at him. Moses would ride through the streets with a host of attendants surrounding him. He would ride the Nile on the Royal Barge with servants waiting to meet his every request.

He tasted all of the delights Egypt had to offer, he was literally sitting on top of the world.

But there was a third factor in Moses life, the Spirit of God was drawing him, speaking deep within his heart. Two voices, two worlds, two great persons were contesting for the heart of Moses, God and Satan. Which would it be? Would he become king of Egypt or a leader of slaves?

Every man and woman, at some point must make a similar great choice! Jesus said, “If I be lifted up I will draw all men unto me.” John said of Jesus, “He was that light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

My friend, today do you feel God moving upon your heart? Do you feel Christ drawing you to Himself? The purpose of Christ’s drawing you to Himself is found in the words of Jesus, “Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The words of Peter give further understanding, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”

Moses would have to choose!

“And it came to pass in those days,” (Exodus 3:11) a memorable day dawned in the life of Moses. It was a day just like any other day, no angel voices, no lightning flashes. This would be a day of decision.

We have all had days like that! We will look back in the after years and realize that, that day was a turning point of our lives. We will look back in eternity future and realize that, that day of decision was the hinge of our eternal destiny!

My unsaved friend, my earnest prayer is that this will be a day of decision for you, a day you will look back on forever.

That day, Moses stepped aside from the throne of Egypt. He turned his back on the world and all it had to offer. He cast his lot in with a bunch of Jewish slaves. Moses might have said, "I’ll remain where I am and give them moral support. I’ll use my influence to better their lot. I’ll give them money from the treasuries of Egypt," but none of that was God’s will.

Notice four things about Moses choice:

  1. It was made at the prime of his life.
  2. It was made when the fortunes of Israel were at their lowest.
  3. It was made when the pleasures of sin were most fascinating.
  4. It was made deliberately.

Come make your choice,
for life or death eternal,
Christ or the world,
The broad or the narrow way,

The Father’s house,
Or the abode infernal,
Unending joy or sorrow,
Choose today.

Come make your choice!
It may be now or never;
It is worse than madness
To delay;

Now is the hinge
Of all the vast forever,
Tomorrow never comes,
“Choose today”.

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