Hebrews 11 – The Hall of Faith
Hebrews 11 is sometimes called “The Hall of Faith”
Because Hebrews 11 highlights the most notable deeds of many of the Old Testament saints. This includes several of the most significant acts Moses accomplished “by faith.” The faithful acts of Moses recorded in Hebrews 11:24-29 include:
- By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt (Heb. 11:24-26)
- By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing Him Who is invisible. (Heb 11:27)
- Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest He that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. (Heb 11:28)
- By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. (Heb 11:29)
The Old Testament records many other Acts Moses performed by Faith:
By faith Moses returned to Egypt and demanded that Pharaoh let God’s people go (Exodus 4-12)
By faith Moses warned Pharaoh before each of the 10 plagues (Exodus 7-11)
By faith Moses walked out of the city during the hail storm before asking God to end the plague of hail (Exodus 9:33)
By faith Moses led the children of Israel through the wilderness for 40-years
By faith Moses spent 40-days without food or water on mount Sinai receiving the law (Twice back-to-back!) (Exodus 24:12-18; 31:18; 32:15-16; 34:1-2, 28-29)
By faith Moses interceded with God on behalf of the children of Israel pleading for mercy after their sin (Exodus 32:7-14)
By faith Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, the Pentateuch (AKA – “the books of the Law)
And much more
Three times, God’s Word declares that Moses was faithful in all God’s house (Numbers 12:7; Hebrews 3:2, 5). Moses was acknowledged by all of Israel as the lawgiver. Centuries later, the Jewish leaders in Jesus’ day said, “We are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses . . .” (John 9:28-29 / KJV).
So what can we learn from the life of Moses that will help us live by faith?
- Moses was humble (Numbers 12:3)
- Moses communed with God (Exodus 34:28-35)
- Moses considered “the reproach of Christ” as better than enjoying “the pleasures of sin for a season” (Heb. 11:25-26).
- Moses kept his eye on the prize. “He had respect unto the recompense of the reward” (Heb. 11:26).
- Moses believed God – he endured, “seeing Him who is invisible” (i.e.: God) (Heb. 11:27).
- Moses obeyed God’s Word (Heb. 11:28)
- Moses trusted God (Heb. 11:29)
In light of this, how can we live by faith?
Conquer your pride. Humble yourself and humbly walk with God. (James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Micah 6:8)
Commune with God through daily Bible reading and prayer
Choose Christ rather than the world. Openly display your faith, disregarding any shame or ridicule that might result. (Heb. 12:2-3; 1 John 2:15; Mark 8:38)
Keep your eyes on God and the finish line as you run your race (Heb. 11:26; 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
Keep believing in God and trusting His Word (Heb. 11:1-3; John 14:1; 1 Timothy 4:10; Heb. 11:6)
Obey God’s Word (John 14:15, 15:10; 1 John 2:3, 5:2-3; Rev. 14:12)
Trust God (Proverbs 3:5-6; 2 Cor. 1:9)
So how are you doing? Are you “living by faith”?
If someone were to describe your life, what would they say you do “by faith”?
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