Moses’ Better Choice

Back in 1922 with the help of the media a sinificant and unique find caught the world’s attention. Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun with its hidden treasures. Recent speculation has created further excitement of another possible find equivalent to that of Tutankhamun and his treasures. Leading archaeologist are suggesting the possibility of more rooms behind the painted walls of Tutankhamun’s tomb that may hold the mummy of Queen Nefertiti and more ancient treasures that would have been buried with her.

Having visited some of the celebrated tombs of the kings of Egypt, the Pyramids and the tombs in Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, my visits on two occasion going down into Tutankhamun’s tomb was a bit of a disappointment each time. It doesn’t compare to my visits to some of the other tombs in the Valley of the Kings that lay in Thebes just across the Nile from Luxor. But when you go to the Cairo Museum and view the treasures on display that were removed from that tomb, one is left to imagine just what treasures must have been in the more elaborate tombs of the more significant Pharaohs in Egypt’s history. Tutankhamun’s tomb is not as impressive as other tombs, but it attracts more interest for the treasures that Howard Carter discovered there back in 1922. So what more fascinations might lay behind the decorated sealed up walls of Tutankhamun’s tomb? We wait and see.

Prior to Howard Carter’s find in 1922 many scholars were skeptical about the claims made in the Bible about the ancient world and all its gold and other treasures. So when the Bible says: “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be ill-treated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead for his reward” (Hebrews 11:24-25). Prior to 1922 the so called treasures of Egypt wasn’t to be taken seriously, but 1922 changed all that. If Tutankhamun was quite insignificant compared to most Pharaohs, with a tomb that appears to reflect a hurried burial, what might the other tombs in the Pyramids and in the Valley of the Kings have contained in the way of priceless treasures, before the grave robbers found them? That find in 1922 cast light on that statement in Hebrews 11: 24-25.

The author of Hebrews had more information than we had until that discovery. The author knew what he was talking about when he spoke of Moses choosing not to indulge in the sins and treasures of Egypt, but instead he chose to follow God’s instructions to lead the people of Israel to their promised land (Hebrews 11:23-29), where they unfortunately failed to carry out their witness for God to the nations around them (Ezekiel 5:5-6).  Like the others mentioned in Hebrews 11, Moses looked for something more permanent (Hebrews 11:13-16).  He made the better choice.

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