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Why Moses Traded Royalty for Slavery

We live in an age where kings and queens are almost obsolete. In many ways, monarchs are a thing of the past. But for millennia, they ruled nations and empires.

Moses belonged to one such kingdom – the kingdom of Egypt led by Pharaoh. He was an honorary grandson of the king because he was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter. He was raised on a silver spoon, living in the lap of luxury, with not a financial or physical hardship in this world. 

But Moses decided to leave the kingdom and royalty. He decides to go back to the Israelites in slavery to Pharoah. Because it would be easier? No, in fact the opposite. It would be much harder. 

So why would Moses trade royalty for slavery? Would it be to return to his birth mom? Well, I’m sure that had something to do with his decision. We find the answer in Hebrews 11:24-26. It was because he “considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth.”

See, for Moses to live with the Pharaoh and the people of Egypt, he would have to reject Christ, turning his back on the God of the Israelites. He would have to join in the worship of pagan gods Pharaoh followed and worshiped. Moses would rather live in poverty on this earth serving Christ, than in royalty rejecting Him.


While none of us are tempted by pagan, Egyptian gods in a palace, we are all tempted to follow other kings, other gods. The god of money, fame, sexual freedom, sexual deviance, and the god of self are just to name a few.

So who is your king? Who makes the rules for you? Whose kingdom are you living in? Are you following family, friends, society, yourself, or God?

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