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In these passages, the writer gives examples of people of Faith. One of his examples is Moses. Moses was an Israelite from the tribe of Levi. Moses was born during Israel’s slavery in Egypt. At that time the Egyptian Pharaoh was trying to control Israel’s growing population by having all newborn Israeli babies killed. However, Moses was protected. 

After his birth, Moses was put in a wicker basket and placed in the Nile River. He was found by the Pharaoh’s daughter, who raised Moses. Moses grew up living in prosperity and becoming well educated. However, he also became aware of his true heritage. Moses chose to leave his comfortable life to help his Israeli brethren. 

The Bible says that Moses chose to endure ill-treatment with the people of God rather than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin. While living in Pharaoh’s household Moses had all of the physical pleasures the world could offer. He was comfortable and prosperous. It’s possible Moses could have become the next Pharaoh. However, Moses chose to suffer with Israel knowing that God’s chose Israel to be God’s people.  Moses had Faith that with God there would be greater rewards than Egypt could provide. Moses knew that he would suffer in the near term, and his Faith enabled him to endure. 

This is true for Christians today. There will be near-term suffering but much gain in the long term. God will test Christians with trials to affirm their true faith. It will be essential to endure these trials to gain entry into Heaven.