Summary: In all of Scripture there are few passages more inspiring than ten verses we’ll explore in this particular message.
Faith For Tough Times
8.20.14 Chester’s FBC, Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A In all of Scripture there are few passages more inspiring than ten verses we’ll explore in this particular message.
1 The valiant exploits, overcomers, conquering victors who marched forward in faith are so numerous that the author said, “for time will fail me.”
a He doesn’t have enough time, breathe, parchment, or ink to testify to all the adventures of these great heros & heroines of faith.
b The text doesn’t go into great detail with each story, or even one story, but points to the faith of the believer over the miraculous.
2 In the passage, not every believer had their Jericho walls falling down.
a Some didn’t live to tell of their victory, deliverance . . . in fact, sometimes their faith brought death.
b In this list, “the Joshuas’, Rahabs’, Gideons’, etc.,” are in the same list as the “others” (v.36).
Hebrews 11:36 (NASB) 36 and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment.
aa Others who didn’t have walls come down, rivers part, giants slain, . . . no cute Sunday Schools for the “others.”
bb Not all got delivered, some died (very horrific deaths.)
B The author samples examples of faith from three different periods of Israel’s history; Judges, Kingdom, Prophets.
1 The author will not give great detail in the passage, but instead chooses to use very broad strokes, moves in generalities.
a He will not spend much ink on talking about titles, offices, salutations, or social class.
b He will speak to these men & women’s faith, how it manifested when hope, courage, where in short supply.
aa Faith is trusting completely in God’s Word, unconditional confidence in what He says, strictly on the basis that God has said it.
2 There are only true options (regardless if we are in good or bad times) & those are:
a We trust what God says or we trust our own intellect, instincts, and attitudes.
aa Our own way is the way of unbelief;
bb God’s way is the way of faith.
b The faith in Hebrews 11 does not ask questions, for signs, or miraculous direction.
aa Looking for signs, wonders, explanations so we can trust God is not faith.
bb Anything that demands more than God’s Word is doubt, not faith.
cc Sometimes, He gives explanations/reasons for His Word, but His isn’t obligated to give them . . . faith doesn’t require them.
c John 20:29 (NASB) 29 Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed."
aa Faith is the opposite of human nature (seeing is believing); in faith, believing is seeing.
bb Faith often requires us to accept from God what seems unreasonable/illogical.
C The Hebrews of the NT were trying to take the voyage of the New Covenant (Saved by grace through faith) will keeping their boats tied to the dock of the Old Covenant (religion & ritual).