Summary: Hebrews 11
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By Faith, Abraham
In the eleventh chapter of the New Testament book of Hebrews there is one of the most famous lists in all of history.
It is a list of Bible heroes.
Big names like Noah and Moses,
Samson and David.
And there was some lesser known people like Enoch and Rahab,
Barak and Jephthah.
Now What was it that held all of these Biblical characters together?
What was it about these individuals that put them on this particular list?
It was their faith.
Each of these men and women were heroes of faith.
Therefore the chapter is referred to as the faith chapter.
You know Probably one of the premier people on this list though,
Is a man who takes up six of the forty verses,
a man by the name of Abraham.
If you have your bibles with you today turn to the book of Hebrews 11 where we will be reading just select verses today
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Then down to verses17-19
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
You know As we think of examples of great faith, through all of Scripture there is none that sticks out in our minds above the example of Abraham.
His life was characterized by faith.
Think about it,
when we first find Abraham he is called by God to get up and leave everything he has ever known.
God tells him to leave his family.
He tells him to leave his friends,
the comforts of his home,
and the acquaintance of his culture.
Now, there have been many who have been called by God to do the same thing.
I mean Every missionary that is serving on a foreign field somewhere tonight has been called to leave family, friends, comfort, and familiarity behind to fulfill God’s will for their life.
And I think we can all appreciate the amount of faith that it takes to do that.
So what sets Abraham apart from all those others who have also answered the call?
Why is that when so many others have done the same thing, that Abraham is regarded so highly for his willingness to step out on faith?
I believe it’s because He was willing to step out without having any idea of where he was going.
Now, again, a lot of people have done that same sort of thing as well
When I answered God’s call to ministry in my life I didn’t know where I’d end up.
And I still don’t know where I’ll preach my last sermon at
I know where I’d like to and that is right here at maple street
but I don’t know the road ahead.
A Lot of people have answered God’s call without really knowing where they’d end up.
But I think the difference is that I didn’t literally pack my bags and hit the road still not knowing where I was going.
But Abraham did.
He got up and left family, friends, home, and culture without having the slightest idea of where he was supposed to go.
He had to have faith that God was going to lead him.
He had to blindly follow.
And he did.
He did it all at the ripe old age of 75 years old
You know That’s amazing.