October 9, Reading 3 – Hebrews 11:17-40

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SAA Notes

All these heroes of faith are mentioned for you and me to find out about. The stories of their faithfulness will help your faithfulness. Find out about one of them. Look up a name in a concordance to the Bible.

SJA Notes

Here is a passage to make our hearts sing!

And it is worthwhile to look at what it was that those listed did “by faith”.

Abraham – Offered up Isaac.

Isaac – Invoked future blessings on his sons.

Jacob – Blessed each of Joseph’s sons.

Joseph – Spoke of the exodus and gave instructions for his bones to be buried in the promised land.

Moses – A whole grouping of examples (including the first from his parents).

Particularly our attention might be drawn to v26,

“He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.”

What a conviction for us to take on, to be reminded of, to be encouraged with – That we would do as Moses did, and consider the mocking of the world at Jesus in us to be far better than anything it (the world) can provide.

We see here examples of those who (as we read in the previous passage) looked forward to their hope (a better country), but they were also those who looked forward to Jesus being born as the Son of Man.

Which is a difference with us – That what they looked forward to in Jesus arriving on earth as Messiah, we see a little more clearer because we look back.

Not because of anything special in us, but because God ordained us to be born on the other side of that pivot, the turning point in history.

This is a passage to grip our hearts – Let’s not read it and forget, but be exhorted in our own walk to point people to Jesus!

* Father God,

Thank You for this wonderful list of faithful people who point to Jesus.

Thank You that we are able to see Jesus through Your word, and through the eyes of faith (Your Spirit writing Your word on our hearts each day).

Please grow our faith Lord God, the evidence of things unseen, the substance of things hoped for.

Amen.

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