This Chapter tells us to live “by faith”. How does one live “by faith”?
This Chapter tells us the “how”.
This Chapter also tells us that living by faith is not “easy”.
This Chapter also tells us that we can live by faith and not be perfect.
This Chapter also tells us that “faith” and “works” are both necessary to please God. We cannot have one without the other.
Let us look at some passages; Verse 1 = “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” Do you see that “Faith” is “Evidence”?
Can we see this “Evidence” all around us? Let us continue; Verse 3 = “By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God, so that what is visible came into being through the invisible.”
Let us look at “faith and works”; Verse 4 = “By faith Abel offered....., Verse 5 = Enoch was tested and pleased God, Verse 7 = “By faith Noah built and Ark....,
Verse 8 = “By faith Abraham obeyed....., Verse 9 = “By faith Abraham went into the promised land..., Verse 11 = “By faith Abraham received power to have a son...., Verse 17 = “By faith Abraham offered up his son...., Verse 20 = “By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau...., Verse 21 = “By faith Jacob blessed each of the sons of Joseph and bowed in worship...., Verse 22 = “By faith Joseph spoke of the Israelites and gave instructions...., Verse 23 = “By faith Moses was hidden...., Verse 24 = “By faith Moses refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter...,Verse 25 = By faith Moses chose to be ill treated along with the people of God...., Verse 26 = By faith Moses believed it was better to be anointed by God than to have all the treasures of the earth..., Verse 27 = “By faith he left Egypt...., Verse 28 = “By faith he kept the Passover...., Verse 29 = By faith Moses and the people crossed the Red Sea..., Verse 31 = “By faith Rahab was obedient...
The Apostle Paul goes on to tell us that there where many more champions of “faith” and the “works” they did in the Lord; Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David and Samuel and the prophets,.. And what kind of “works” did they do?
Verse 33 = “By faith conquered kingdoms, did what was righteous, obtained the promises, they closed the mouths of lions, Verse 34 = by faith “put out raging fires, escaped the devouring sword; out of weakness they were made powerful, became strong in battle, and turned back foreign invaders. Verse 35 = by faith “women”, were tortured and would not accept deliverance, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Verse 36 = by faith “others endured mockery, scourging, even chains and imprisonment. Verse 37 = “They were stoned, sawed in two, put to death at sword's point; they went about in skins or sheep or goats, needy, afflicted tormented. Verse 38 = “The world was not worthy of them. They wandered about in deserts and on mountains, in caves and in crevices in the earth.
Many of us do not come to close to have anything like the “faith” of these people.
We have a difficult time identifying with them. Many of us give up because we think it would be impossible for us to achieve similar. But this is wrong and defeatist thinking.
Let us look at some of the things these people did that some of us can identify with.
Noah planted a vineyard after he came out of the Ark and subsequently got drunk.
Abraham took Lot on his journey after God told him not to take any of his relatives. Abraham had relations with a woman other than his wife to have a child, instead of waiting on God.
Jacob was such a crook and deceiver that a saying about him can be found that is someone “had no guile” in them, meaning they were righteous having no Jacob in them.
And Moses killed a man.
If we think we cannot have faith like the Hall of Famers, do we also think that God cannot forgive us like he did them?
Our answer lies in Verse 6 = “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for anyone who approaches God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”
He rewards us with a “faith” that leads us to “works”.