2017-10-19 / Worship

Conquer life by faith in God

(Hebrews 11:31-37)

The Israelites of the Old Testament were God’s first chosen People. It took many years of conflict before they realized that, humanly, we cannot conquer life by our own determination.

The same is true concerning God’s second chosen people, the Christians of the New Testament age. We cannot conquer life through forceful conflict by the people. We must conquer life through faith in Jesus.

We see the harlot, Rahab, who hid the Israelite spies who came into Jericho before the attack on the heathens, who dwelled in God’s land of promises to Israel.

Rahab, the Gentile, is a shadow in the Old Testament of the eventual Christians who are God’s chosen People of the New Testament. “By faith the harlot, Rahab, perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.” (verse 31) This was the first seed of God planted in the midst of Israel before they entered God’s promised land.

The Christians’ Promised Land is the whole world. “Go ye therefore into all the world and witness the Gospel Message;” this came in reverse when God chose Paul, a Pharisee of Israel, to be God’s messenger to the Gentile World about Jesus Christ.

After Rahab, God names many others who were chosen to do special work for God’s Kingdom on Earth. To name a few: Gideon, Samson, David, and Samuel and the prophets. (verse 32)

All of God’s work through humans on Earth must be done by faith which will quench the violence of the devil on earth.

Verses 35 through 38 tell us all about what God had to do for mankind in order for God to overcome the devil in our lives and save us from our sins through Jesus. God subdued kingdoms, quenched violence, made weakness of mankind’s strength, raised the dead to life, some were tortured, and then received a better resurrection for themselves.

Others were put on trials of mockings and scourings and imprisonment, some were stoned to death, slain by the sword, wandered in sheepskins and goatskins, all for faith in Jesus.

Some who wanted to know God and His ways had to hide in caves and dens on earth; but even having endured all of this, their faith in God, yet without the promise, still moved forward in God’s name.

But, God having provided some better things for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. Eventually, because of God’s promises, we learn this in John 3: 16 and 17: for God so loved the whole world, that He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, for us so we could be saved from our sinful world of sin.

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