HEBREWS 11:1-29 NKJV
BY FAITH WE UNDERSTAND
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
FAITH AT THE DAWN OF HISTORY
4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.
5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;
10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
THE HEAVENLY HOPE
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.
15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.
16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
THE FAITH OF THE PATRIARCHS
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son (Agony of Abraham),
18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,”
19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.
THE FAITH OF MOSES
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.
24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.
1. Its only through faith that we understand that the worlds we see were created through the word of God and not through visible things. (Heb 11:3)
2. By faith we must always be faithful to God, through our offering and tithes and through the kind of life we live (Heb 11:4-5)
3. Without faith, we can't please God (Heb 11:6)
4. Obeying the words of the Lord even when the task looks impossible by human comprehension is what saved Noah and father Abraham was also accounted as being faithful because he left His kindreds and family for a land that he did not know
5. By faith, the mother of all nation had a promise child at her old age.
6. God will not be ashamed to be called our God is we live in Faith (Heb 11:16)
7. By faith, we must refuse worldliness and the pleasure of sin, be ready to identify ourselves with the people of God and looking up to our heavenly home rather than earth pleasure (Heb 11:24-27)
THESE TWO GREAT EXHIBITION OF FAITH REALLY TOUCHED ME (SMILES)
We need faith in our Christian lives, its only through faith that we can please God. The model of faith exhibited by Moses is need by every sinner hoping to be saved. We all have to fosake the worldly pleasure, identify ourselves with the people of God and make a permanent move to always be on the Lord's side.
The faith of Joseph has to do with total believe in God's words and promises... God gave the promise of a land flowing with milk and honey to Joseph's greatgrandfather (Abraham) (Genesis 15:13-16). But when Joseph was about to die in Egypt he made his people swear that they will take his bones to the promised land. He heard the promises, he believed the promises although he wasn't alive at the fulfilment of the promise, but His bones were buried in the promised Land (Exodus 13:19 Joshua 24:32). He was still living by faith even after death
We also need this kind of faiths in God's words and promises.
Dear Everlasting Father, without faith, it is impossible to please You, we pray this day that You strengthen our faith to live our lives in such a way that You will not be ashamed to be called our God.
IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY.