As I was reading through the book of Hebrews today, there was a lot of Scripture that stood out to me. I’m going to touch upon each Scripture that stood out to me and give you my thoughts. In addition, I’d like for you to share your thoughts on Hebrews 11:27. I’ll go into the specifics when I get to it.

But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.

Hebrews 9:7 (NIV)

Have you ever thought about the accessibility of God? Unlike the Jews before Jesus who needed a high priest to go into the Holy of Holies to make sacrifices for their sin, we can go to God whenever we want to and ask Him to forgive us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 (NIV)

We don’t need another sinful human being going to God on our behalf. Sometimes we don’t realize the freedom we have in Christ. The ability to go to God, repent, and walk away clean is liberating.

How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Hebrews 9:14 (NIV)

Jesus died on the cross once, for all sin. Before his death and resurrection, people would sacrifice animals for their sins. However, those animal sacrifices only had an outward effect of cleansing sin. The guilty conscience remained because sacrifices had to be made over and over. However, we have this confidence that when we go to God and ask for forgiveness in the name of Jesus, we are forgiven. Wow!

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

Hebrews 10:35-36 (NIV)

Before I was saved, I used to be a very confident person. I’d say that, at times, I was equally confident of my ability to mess things up as much as I was to do things well. I had this belief that I could do whatever I set my mind to. The thing was, I felt that I needed to be mindful of everything. I always had to think of every little thing. I believed if I let anything slip, then disaster was imminent. Hence, my ability to do very well or cause unimaginative disaster. It was this pride that led me into thinking God hated me.

After all, if I did my best in something then it should work out in the way that I want, right? If it didn’t, then it was on God. It was His fault. Why didn’t it work out? God hates me.

However, the confidence that we are to hold onto, in Hebrews 10:35, is confidence in God. It’s not a confidence that says everything is going to go how we want it to go. No, it’s a confidence born of trust in God, that whatever happens, God knows all about it, and He will work it out to the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (cf. Romans 8:28). This is why we need to persevere in whatever it might be that we’re going through.

Ultimately, we may not see the light at the end of the tunnel in this life. Like those faithful ones in Hebrews 11, we must remember to think of the country we’re going to and not the place we have just left. Our new place is in Heaven with the Lord.

For some time, I have longed for a Biblical studies group. While I go through a corporate Bible study with my church, I enjoy the fellowship that comes with sitting around and discussing the Bible with other Believers. I appreciate being able to ask questions about the Bible to those who are earnestly seeking to know the Lord more. I also prefer discussing and learning about the Bible with people who are more interested in knowing the truth about God than being right in their own thinking. Therefore, I present to you this verse from Hebrews.

By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.

Hebrews 11:27 (NIV)

By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Hebrew 11:27 (KJV)

The writer of Hebrews is talking about Moses. He states that Moses wasn’t afraid of the king when he left Egypt. My question is this: How do we reconcile this verse from Hebrews with Exodus 2:14?

The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”

Exodus 2:14 (NIV)

And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.”

Exodus 2:14 (KJV)

I present my thoughts to you regarding this question.

I don’t believe the writer of Hebrews is referring to the exodus of all of the Israelites from Egypt. This is why I’m examining Exodus 2:14 instead of addressing the circumstances and such of the greater exodus. In either the NIV or KJV, I think it’s clear that Moses feared the fact that the knowledge of him killing the Egyptian was known. I don’t think he was afraid of Pharaoh, per se. I think we might take what we read in Exodus 2:15 and misapply it to how and why Moses fled.

When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.

Exodus 2:15 (NIV)

Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.

Exodus 2:15 (KJV)

Moses killed the Egyptian, and when Pharaoh heard about it, he tried to kill Moses, so Moses was afraid and left Egypt. However, that’s not what it says. It tells us Moses was afraid before Pharaoh heard about “this thing.”

We understand that Moses thought he was the one to free his people from bondage. He acted on this belief by killing the Egyptian who was beating a fellow Hebrew. When this knowledge appeared to be well known, and his own people didn’t see his act as it was intended, Moses was afraid. What was he to do? If Moses believed that he was chosen to deliver his people out of bondage, then how could he do it if they were against him? When Pharaoh heard about “this thing”, he tried to kill Moses, so Moses fled.

I think we assume that the thing Pharaoh heard about was Moses’ killing of an Egyptian. However, was there more to it? Moses was part of the royal family in Egypt. He had been raised in their ways and, although he was a Hebrew, I think that the killing of an Egyptian who wasn’t of royal blood wouldn’t have mattered so much to Pharaoh. On the other hand, the killing of another Egyptian, in the face of a possible revolt, by a charismatic and potentially “Egyptian” ally, was a different story.

Therefore, the “thing” wasn’t just a murder of a lowly Egyptian, but the first strike in a revolt against Egypt. This is why Pharaoh tried to kill Moses, and Moses fled. Could Moses have delivered his people from the bondage of Egypt if he were dead? No, of course not.

How do you reconcile Hebrews 11:27 with Exodus 2:14?

I appreciate the insights the Lord gave to me today while reading the book of Hebrews, and hope, in some small way, that you too have been blessed.

Do you know God? God knows you, and He loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, right now, and He wants you to know Him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, be freed from death, and live eternally with Him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart, and I receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.