Those of us who are living in the end times know and understand how important it is for us to have faith in God and to believe in him.  But do we as Christians know and understand the way He operates in our lives (Jeremiah 9:23-24)?  I am about to outline a train of faith I believe was the catalyst to Gods deliverance of His people out of Egypt.  The story is of God’s deliverer, Moses.  The writer of the book of Hebrews (chapter 11) outlines the faith of some of the Old Testament Patriarchs.  Moses is also mentioned. 


Hebrews 11: 23-27


By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.  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 of Egypt: for he has respect unto the recompense of the reward.  By Faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: For he endured, as seeing him who was invisible.


At this time Moses was forty years old and the bible offers no evidence to support the fact that God, as of yet, had revealed himself to Moses. 


Acts 7: 20-25


In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father’s house three months:  And when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son.  And Moses was learned in the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.  And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.  And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:  For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.


Wait a second.  Who told Moses he was the deliverer?  Who told him anything that made him suppose that he was called to deliver God’s people?  The God of Israel had not yet revealed himself to Moses in Egypt.  So who told him?  No one did, his own faith told him so.  The above text clearly shows that Moses, when he was forty years old, made a faith choice “it came into his heart” to believe and then to act like he was the deliverer of Israel.  It is clear God had not yet spoken to him regarding his position as the deliverer.  This did not happen until 40 years later, at the “burning bush” in the wilderness of Mount Sinai.


Acts 7:26-35


And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one another?  But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, who made thee a ruler and judge over us?  Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday?  Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Midian, where he begat two sons.  And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.  When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him, Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.  Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.  Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground.  I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and I am come down to deliver them.  And now come, I will send thee to Egypt.  This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge?  The same did God send to be a ruler and a deliver by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.   


Here it is clearly shown that Moses’ assumptions forty years earlier were correct.  Moses was clearly the deliverer, only at the age of forty, the time had not come for Israel to be delivered.  Then, forty years later in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, God appears to Moses for the first time and clearly shows him that he is called, and then commands him to deliver His people Israel.  It’s pretty clear…when Moses was forty years old his faith, and only his faith, told him he was the deliverer.  This is proven by the above three texts.  But… forty years later, when Moses is eighty years old, God substantiates Moses’ initial faith and commands him (totally separate from Moses’ initial faith) to deliver His people.  This shows Moses’ first unction was faith.