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Esteeming Reproach

By Beth, Aug 7 2016 12:34AM


Hebrews 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;


Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;


Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.


Esteem: v. - to set a value on; appraise.


Reproach: n. - blame or censure conveyed in disapproval; a cause or occasion of disgrace or discredit.


To esteem something is to value it, to appraise it as worthy, to regard it highly.


Reproach is “censure given with an attitude of faultfinding and some intention of shaming.”


Moses had a place in the Pharaoh’s palace. He was established; he was accepted; moreover, he was in a position of honor and authority as an adopted son of the Pharaoh.


But he gave it all up. He traded it in for the shame and derision and disappointment of his family, his peers, and his kingdom.


Why?


To seek the truth.


To live the truth.


And ultimately, to guide others in the knowledge and understanding of the truth.


The Scriptures say he esteemed “the reproach of Christ” as greater riches than the treasures in Egypt (and this was generations before the physical appearing of Christ, yet Paul identifies Moses’ reproach with what Christ would suffer.)


According to the Bible, Moses valued the shame and disapproval that came with pursuing righteousness and truth (as Christ Himself faced) more than all the riches in Egypt.


This is not an easy concept!


It is so hard to face and accept others’ negative opinions of us, particularly people who we care about. And because we are accountable to each other, and we are expected to sharpen one another, it is difficult to be sure when it is the right time to dismiss the opinion of a respected peer, family member, or fellow church member (or leader.)


Yet, somehow, by faith, Moses and all the people Paul lists and describes in Hebrews Chapter 11 (commonly called the “Hall of Faith”) manage to do it. By faith, they each cast off their own doubts and the doubts and aspersions of others and followed God wholeheartedly and in the Spirit.


It says that Moses chose to suffer affliction because he had “respect unto the recompence of the reward.”


He knew it was for a greater good. He knew that the eternal reward he sought was greater than the luxury of living in the palace, and greater than the comfort of remaining somewhere that was familiar to him, and greater than the high regard he received from citizens of Egypt because of his position.


He knew that the truth that he sought was more important even than the people he called his family.


Taking a stand for truth in the face of mockery and disdain and shame from those we care about is so excruciatingly painful and lonely.


Turning our backs on all that is familiar and dear to us for the sake of righteousness causes us indescribable sorrow and mourning.


Isn't it a lonesome and weary path?


Isn't it a seemingly insurmountable wilderness of thorns and barbs and anguish?


And yet... God wants us to rejoice.


1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.


He wants us to “leap for joy!”


Luke 6:23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.


And God continually reminds us that we are blessed to be in that position:


Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.


Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.


If it seems a lot to ask that we “esteem reproach” when we make a stand for truth, may we remember that doing so numbers us with Moses and the prophets.


What a remarkable group to accompany us down our personal walk of shame.


May we remember that the shame and reproach is only for a season...and the rewards are for eternity.


Isaiah 54:4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.


Praise God.




4 comments
Aug 18 2016 02:45AM by Jean

I know you speak these words from personal experience. Bless you my dear friend for standing for righteousness. You and your family are setting an example to follow. Praise God!

Aug 19 2016 06:55PM by Beth74

Thank you, Jean, for the blessing and encouragement.
God bless you and your family too!

Aug 21 2016 09:52AM by AngeLady1959

Remembering the faith and spiritual strength of these great men of God
is such an encouragement to me - to rejoice and be joyous, no matter what
problems I face.
I just love your site, Beth... God bless you!

Sep 13 2016 08:31PM by Beth74

God bless you too, Kelly!! *big hugs*

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