Summary: To show that we have a better permanent place in Heaven prepared for us by our LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Are you a sojourner here on earth?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we have a better permanent place in Heaven prepared for us by our LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Hebrews 11:9 (Amplified Bible)
11:9 [Prompted] by faith he dwelt as a temporary resident in the land which was designated in the promise [of God, though he was like a stranger] in a strange country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs with him of the same promise.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You have given as faith to live as temporary residents here on earth knowing that we have a better permanent place in Heaven with You.
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived as a stranger in tents
Subtitle: Study on the Book of Hebrews
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels - J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Abraham sojourned in tents
"[Prompted] by faith he dwelt as a temporary resident in the land which was designated in the promise [of God, though he was like a stranger] in a strange country,"
Genesis 12:1-8 (Amplified Bible)
12:1 NOW [in Haran] the Lord said to Abram, Go for yourself [for your own advantage] away from your country, from your relatives and your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.
12:2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others].
12:3 And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and curse him who curses or uses insolent language toward you; in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves].
12:4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had directed him; and Lot [his nephew] went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.
12:5 Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the persons [servants] that they had acquired in Haran, and they went forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan,
12:6 Abram passed through the land to the locality of Shechem, to the oak or terebinth tree of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
12:7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, I will give this land to your posterity. So Abram built an altar there to the Lord, Who had appeared to him.
12:8 From there he pulled up [his tent pegs] and departed to the mountain on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord.
Sojourned or "paroikeo" in Greek meaning:
1. to dwell near
2. to reside as a foreigner
3. be a stranger
Abraham admitted and accepted this as a fact during his life.
Genesis 23:4 (Amplified Bible)
23:4 I am a stranger and a sojourner with you; give me property for a burial place among you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.
Acts 7:5-6 (Amplified Bible)
7:5 Yet He gave him no inheritable property in it, [no] not even enough ground to set his foot on; but He promised that He would give it to Him for a permanent possession and to his descendants after him, even though [as yet] he had no child.
7:6 And this is [in effect] what God told him: That his descendants would be aliens (strangers) in a land belonging to other people, who would bring them into bondage and ill-treat them 400 years.
B. Isaac and Jacob sojourned in tents
"living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs with him of the same promise."
Hebrews 6:17 (Amplified Bible)
6:17 Accordingly God also, in His desire to show more convincingly and beyond doubt to those who were to inherit the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose and plan, intervened (mediated) with an oath.
Live by faith before getting the promises of GOD.
John 8:35 (Amplified Bible)