A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
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“By Faith” cont’d, Acts 11:17) By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac, and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, James 2:21. 18) Of (or To) whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Genesis 21:12. 19) Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. 20) By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. Genesis 27:27. 21) By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph, and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. Genesis 47:31. 22) By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention (or remembered) of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. 23) By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. Exodus 1:16. 24) By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25) Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 12. 26) Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. 27) By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible. 28) Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. 29) By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. 30) By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. 31) By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. 32) And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Judges 11:1. 33) Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34) Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 2Kings 20:7. 35) Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36) And others had trial of cruel mocking’s and scourging’s, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: Jeremiah 20:2. 37) They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38) (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and In mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39) And these all; having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40) God having provided (foreseen) some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. Amen.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v19, When Abraham was tested, he believed that God could raise Isaac from the dead (Genesis 22:5) if necessary. Isaac was as good as dead but God provided a ram to sacrifice in his place (Genesis 22:9-14). v20-22, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph all believed until the ends of their lives in the unseen future God had promised. v23-26, The parents of Moses had faith in God in the midst of opposition. Moses believed God by refusing a position in Pharaoh’s court. Instead he chose suffering, forsook Egypt and instituted the Passover. The reproach of Christ refers to the earthly disgrace Christ received. The possibility of reward is the most frequently mentioned motivation for enduring in the faith. v27-29, not fearing the wrath of the king fits the events of the Exodus. At that time Moses showed true courage, a resolute faith in the Lord (Exodus 14:13, 14). God told Moses to sprinkle blood on the doorposts. Moses heeded His warning and as a result the firstborn of every Israelite was saved (The Passover, Exodus 12:1-13). v30-36, It took faith to destroy the walls of Jericho by such unconventional means. God gave them victory over their enemies (Joshua 6). The reference to the women who received their dead is probably a reference to the raising of the son of the widow of Zarephath (1Kings 17:17-24) and of the Shunammite woman (2Kings 4:32-37). Tortured: this is usually understood to be an allusion to the heroic martyrs of Maccabean (a family of patriotic Jews who revolted against the Syrians around 167 to 63 B.C). v37, 38, Zachariah was stoned (2Chronicles 24:20-21), The prophet Isaiah was sawn in two. Urijah was slain with the sword (Jeremiah 26:20-23). Wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, is probably Elijah (2Kings 1:8). v39, 40, Made complete means “made perfect” this is the realization of God’s Promises in Christ’s coming Kingdom.
*We hear so many negative things against the President that I am surprised to find that his name is Biblical. v32, Barak’s story is told in Judges 4 and 5. He is also mentioned in 1 Samuel 12:11 and Hebrews 11:32. Barak was another of those mighty Hebrew warriors who answered the call of God despite overwhelming odds. His name means “lightning.”
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