Scripture reading for November 13th: Hebrews 11:17-31
Faith in God’s word causes us to be winners in life and even death! In fact, it is impossible to lose when we live by faith. He watches over His word to make sure it comes to pass! Reading about these great men and women of God who believed and acted on God’s word should inspire us to live even more passionately by faith!
Abraham obeyed God when he was told by God to take his only son, Isaac, and offer him as a sacrifice. Abraham had been told by God that it would be through his offspring that the promises made to him would be fulfilled. “Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.” (Hebrews 11:19) God was faithful to His word, and provided the sacrifice in place of Isaac. It was through Isaac that the promised seed of Abraham, Jesus Christ, eventually came.
Moses was another hero recorded in Scripture who had to live by his faith. Moses was aware of God’s word about him given to his parents. He chose to believe God about his mission of delivering God’s people instead of enjoying the passing pleasures of sin in Egypt. (Hebrews 11:24-28) He refused the treasures of Egypt while looking for the reward God promised. By faith he led the people of Israel out of Egypt and persevered as if he could see the invisible God. He offered the passover lamb, along with others of faith and was spared from the destroying angel! Faith lead the nation to victory and freedom!
Many others also lived by faith and obtained God’s smile of approval! Joshua led the nation in circling the walls of Jericho and saw them fall by God’s power. Rahab, the prostitute, hid the spies knowing God’s word and believing Him. Gideon, Samson, Barak, David and Samuel all led the nation in victory over their enemies by following God’s infallible word!
“Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.” (Hebrews 11:35b) Hebrews records that faith sometimes looked to the world as failure. Some chose to suffer rather than deny their faith or violate God’s word. They looked with eyes of faith for the reward God promised. All these ancients died in faith, patiently looking to God for the promise. What an inspiration for us!