«Better is a little with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure with trouble»
Moses had a promising future in the Egyptian government. That nation was the superpower that dominated the political, economical, and military plane of the ancient world. Their level of civilization was notably beyond the forms of organization established by the neighboring nations, and the same could be said about their level of knowledge and education. In this context, Moses lived in a privileged place of that society. In the pedagogical institutions of Egypt, the future leader of Israel became an athlete: he excelled in a wide variety of games and skills, including melee, fighting with sticks, the ball game (in its modality for males), the handling of knives, among others. In addition, he developed the intellectual aspect by learning the two forms of writing used in Egypt: The hieroglyphic and the hieratic; he also received lessons in arithmetic, music, singing, to name a few.
He was probably sent to one of the two Egyptian universities: Heliopolis or Hermopolis; one of them was located on the eastern bank of the Delta, about 32 kilometers north of Memphis; the other was in the Nile Valley between Memphis and Thebes. According to tradition, Moses studied in Heliopolis, since he was closer to Memphis and because, for any young Hebrew, he had a particular attraction: the connection between his priestly caste and the patriarch Joseph (Genesis 41:45). Heliopolis was the Oxford of ancient Egypt, the capital of knowledge of that powerful nation. In addition, the temple of the sun was at the center of that higher education campus. There he increased his knowledge and received lectures in literature, especially poetry, astronomy, Egyptian religion, laws, medicine and, of course, the philosophy of symbols.
I actuality, he had a sensational future! His life went along in a very attractive way! There is no doubt that one of the best decisions his parents made was to place him in that basket that was found by Pharaoh’s daughter on the river. But one day he had to make a difficult decision. He left everything to serve the heavenly Father. He accepted that he was a Hebrew who had a redemptive mission in this world. In fact, there was a huge difference between being the monarch of the world’s first power and the leader of a people who had just come out of slavery. But Moses was not mistaken. Here is the secret of his success:
«By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible» (Hebrews 11:27).