Facts About Faith
One Pastor answered this question as follows: Why does the writer of Hebrews 11 link Isaac, Jacob and Joseph together?
“They persevered to the end of their days and their faith did not waver even in the face of death. They did not live to see the fulfillment of God’s promises to make of them a great nation and to bring them into the Promised Land. Isaac died a nomad (Genesis 27). Jacob died as an exile in Egypt (Genesis 47:29, 48:15-16). And Joseph died as a great figure and a stranger in a foreign land as well (Genesis 50:22-26). Each one acted in faith. Each had an appreciation of God’s ultimate purposes and consequently acted in a way that revealed faith in the future of God’s people. When they came to what they considered to be their final hour, they had a faith that looked beyond death. They are sure that death would not frustrate God’s purposes, but that His Word would be fulfilled. Their faith enabled them to see beyond the present circumstances to the future which God promised. As links a great chain of men and women of faith they hastened the fulfillment of God’s promises. We can pray: “Lord Jesus, Your promises never fail because you are ever faithful to Your Word. Give us eyes of faith to see beyond the grave to the victory which awaits those who persevere in hope.”
Pastor Gerald Steffy gave these three truths to give great hope from Hebrews 11:1-22:
FAITH BELIEVES DEATH WILL NOT DEFEAT GOD’S PURPOSES (v. 20) “By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come”—
FAITH RESPECTS GOD (v. 21) “By faith Jacob…worshiped, lean-ing on his staff”— His life was lived in a spirit of worship. Isaac believed the word passed on to him from Abraham & conferred the blessing on Jacob.
FAITH IS CERTAIN OF GOD’S POWER (v. 22) “By faith Joseph…made mention of the departure of the children of Israel”—It was Canaan, not Egypt that was the Promised Land. Joseph, whose life was filled with dramatic examples of the power of faith, did not let his impending death alter his certainty that God would fulfill His promises to His people.
Some time ago, a lady wrote about a true story of an event that happened: A kindergarten teacher was determining how much religious training her new students had. While talking with one little boy, to whom the story of Jesus was obviously brand new, she began relating His death on the cross. When asked what a cross was, she picked up some sticks, and fashioning a crude one, she explained that Jesus was actually nailed to that cross, and then He died. The little boy with eyes all down-cast quietly acknowledged, "Oh, that's too bad." In the very next breath, however, she related that He arose again and that He came back to life. And his little eyes became as big as saucers. He lit up and exclaimed, "Totally awesome!" You don't know the full identity of Jesus if your response is "Oh, that's too bad." You know His identity only if your description is “Totally awesome!"
This Sunday, we continue the new series at Calvary entitled, “FAITH FACTOR” with Dr, Rudy Holland preaching at 10:30 am &6:00 pm. Join us this Sunday at Calvary as we DISCOVER HOW TO FACE THE FUTURE WITH FAITH.
REMEMBER, GOD LOVES YOU AND SO DO WE AT CALVARY!!!!!
Posted on Tue, January 10, 2017
by Michele Kelley