“He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.”
This verse gives us an inner look at the Hebrews authors concept of the promised Messiah. Like many, he sees Christ from the very beginning. This would mean that all future blessings would be tied to the coming of the Messiah. He had already done that when he used a passage from the Psalms to refer to Jesus in the first chapter of the book. There were many references in Genesis, and we assume that Moses was taught these as a child growing up under his birth mother’s care.
The bottom line here is that Moses chose between the temporary now and the eternal future. That is important to our writer because it is his thesis for the book. All the great people of faith had their eyes on what was yet to come versus what was already here. Moses could have had the riches of Egypt, which were unparalleled in the world, but he chose a reward that he could not see and could not prove except by faith. All these great heroes of faith looked for the end times.
Task for Today: Don’t get caught up in the glamor of today. Remember the saying, ‘All that glitters is not gold.’ So many Christians follow the path of Esau instead of the path of Moses. Yes, the world has a lot to offer, but Christ has more. Today, train your eyes to see beyond the now.