Summary: Faith is the solid, unshakable confidence in God which is built upon the assurance that He will be faithful to His promises.
#12~ JACOB: HEB.11: 21 SS 8-24-14
@@ Gen. 47: 27-31--- @@ GEN. 48:
@Today we'll continue with our study of Hebrews 11: - "the hall of faith chapter, or the catalog of the faithful chapter".
Let me remind us just what faith is:
@@~ Faith is the solid, unshakable confidence in God which is built upon the assurance that He will be faithful to His promises.
~ Every promise He has made has or will come to pass at His set time.
@@But before we read about Jacobs's faith in verse 21, I want to remind us of a few important truths to do with this epistle and chapter.
@@This is the only book in the N.T. that we're not told who the author is, but personally, I lean toward Paul being the author, but I can't say that he is for certain.
The reason that I think Paul most likely is the author is mainly from what we read in 2nd Pet.3:15
~ But before I read that, let me point out that Peter is writing his epistle to Hebrew believers, we read in;
1 Peter 2:11-12 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; -- listen, 12Having your conversation (behavior) honest among the Gentiles: -- so these were believing Jews, believers in Christ, they were among the Gentiles.
Listen as to why I read why I believe Paul is probably the writer of Hebrews; listen to what Peter says about Paul.
@@2nd. Peter 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; (JEWS) --
@@ I know of no other epistles that Paul wrote to the Hebrew believers, if he did write other epistles to the Hebrew believers we have no record of it, their not in the N.T.
@@~ Peter says in verse 15- even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
@@In chapter 11: Paul applies what he has been saying about the superiority of Christ in earlier chapters, by warning his readers of the danger of discarding their faith in Christ.
@@ He brings to their memory the triumphs and accomplishments of faith in the lives of O.T. believers, hoping to encourage the believing Jews that might have been thinking on going back to Judaism. -- From GRACE back to the LAW.
Listen as I read today's text verse;
Heb.11: 21By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
@@Genesis 47: 27-31 And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, (Israeli people) in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.
28And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years.
29And the time drew nigh that Israel (Jacob) must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt: 30But I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their burying place. And he said, I will do as thou hast said.
31And he (Jacob) said, Swear unto me. And he sware unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bedfs head.
@The fact that Joseph put his hand under Jacob's thigh means that they entered into an oath. -- Jacob realized that the sojourn in Egypt was temporary and that God would return them to the Promised Land.
@ ~ Listen, The hope of the Old Testament is an earthly hope, the Kingdom hope. -- Abraham believed that he would be raised from the dead in the Promised Land, so he wanted to be buried there. -- Isaac believed the same thing. -- Now Jacob is expressing that same faith.
@ ~ The believers of the Old Testament will not be raptured with the N.T. Church. -- O.T. believers have earthly promises; the N.T. Church has heavenly promises.
God told Abraham in,
@Genesis 15: 7And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.
Paul said in Philippians 3:20 to do with the N.T. Church.
Philippians 3: 20 For our conversation (citizenship) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
The O.T. Saints are not raised until after the Tribulation according to-