Hebrews chapter eleven, the great hall of faith. The opportunity to see glimpses of Old Testament men and women who faithfully trusted, obeyed, and served God rests in this chapter; but there is also a greater opportunity to study, and dig through the Old Testament and red the entire accounts of these great people of faith. Noah, the one man who shined as a light in a world so dark that God would destroy it with a flood, and his faith would save him. Moses, who denied the pleasures and treasures of Egyptian royalty, suffered with God’s people, and then led the people through the Red Sea on dry ground. Abraham, one who followed God’s command to get up and leave, to seek a new country that God would show to him. Abraham, who trusted God to fulfill His covenant even in his old age. Abraham, the one who took the fulfillment of the covenant, his son Isaac, and led him up to the site of which would stand as sacrificial ground; with Isaac as the sacrifice. Abraham, whose faith was rewarded with an intervention from the angel of the Lord, stopping him, and providing a substitute in Isaac’s place. This passage on Abraham teaches that believers need to be willing to sacrifice for our God, and they need to have an unwavering commitment to the fact that God is good. In Hebrews 11:17-19, the light is cast upon the faith of Abraham. “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac…” the passage goes on, but in this fact alone is the focus of just how faithful Abraham was. This was Isaac. The fulfilment of a covenant between God and Abraham. (Genesis 15&17) The very son that God had promised Abraham, that is who God was asking Abraham to sacrifice. Faith followed through. Now, here in this New Testament book, is a light that shines through thousands of years; an example given by a man so dedicated to God that he was willing to give his son. So great is the example that he does indeed make it to the passage that men have entitled the “Hall of Faith”....
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