He starts with Amram and Jochebed: “By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.” Moses’ parents saw that God had a special purpose for this boy, and they risked their lives to keep him (Exodus 2:1-10). 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. He obeyed a noble impulse without any discernment of its consequences. The Lord who had always fixed on Abraham to be his chosen servant and the father of his chosen people upon earth, made Abraham leave the society of his friends and relatives, and go out of Ur, "And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. It has been supposed by many ill-instructed people that the doctrine of justification by faith is opposed to the teaching of good works, or obedience. In the same way that he spoke to Moses, God communicated with Abraham through angels. God has feet. “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. What did He look like? 12:2 Let us think of our intelligent plain man mentioned in chapter six coming for the first time to the reading of the Scriptures. Much of the communion of this earth is not by speech or actual contact, and the holiest influences fall upon us in silence. And the Lord appeared unto him [Abrham] in the plains of Mamre. And I stood up and saw him who had taken my right hand and set me on my ... be not troubled. 4. Saul saw Him on the Damascus Road. Abraham: In a figure, saw Isaac raised: 23: Moses: Parents saw a beautiful child: 26: Moses: Look to the reward: 27: Moses: Seeing him who is invisible . Listen to this message on your audio player. Genesis 18:1-2 (NIV) 1. Literal Standard Version. By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. ... PPOV 149-Abraham Accords 2020. Moses didn’t give up but continued as if he could actually see the invisible God. Seeing Him Who Is Invisible Evangelistic Outreach Special Meeting. NET Bible. There …Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 37: 1891, The Call of AbrahamI. --Hebrews 11:15, 16. Hebrews 11:27 (WYC) By faith he forsook Egypt, and dreaded not the hardness of the king; for he abode, as seeing him that was invisible. Yet Abraham, looking forward by faith, believing what God had said would take place, looked across forty centuries of time and beyond to the day when God would bring to pass on earth a city with eternal foundations. When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth,” (Genesis 18:1-2). 5. 5. Such a man will not have read long until his mind begins to observe certain truths standing out from the page. He took "one step," and he did not "ask to see the distant scene." Stephen saw Him in his glory as he was being stoned to death. He looked like a man. The lesson implied for the readers (who seem to be facing a threat of persecution) is that they should not be afraid of a government edict, either. Genesis 18:1–2 says, “The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, ... for he persevered as though he saw him who is invisible. How do we see God? Joseph also acted on the promise that God gave Abraham. Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. Even if they might lose a lot of money, the choice should be clear, because God offers a far more valuable reward. The Apostle tells us, however, that the people of God were, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.--Heb. By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones” (Hebrews 11:20-22, referring to Genesis 27:27-40; 48:10-20;50:25). THE ILLUSIVENESS OF LIFE. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.” Moses turned down a privileged position, and chose instead to be part of the people of God. And I [God] appeared unto Abraham. Ro 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: --Hebrews 11:15, 16. The author has given many details about Abraham; now he picks up the pace with a rapid-fire summary of three descendants: “By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future. Abram began his journey without any knowledge of his ultimate destination. xi. When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth,” (Genesis 18:1-2). By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 8-10. It has been supposed by many ill-instructed people that the doctrine of justification by faith is opposed to the teaching of good works, or obedience. In Genesis 17:1 Abraham saw a theophany or an appearance of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament called the Angel of the Lord. The Bible reports: “The Israelites raised their eyes and saw the Egyptians pursuing them. Dr. Andrew Woods. Faith is not concerned with the entire chain; its devoted attention is fixed upon the immediate link. He is wholly without prejudice; he has nothing to prove and nothing to defend. Moses saw Jesus and His Riches, verses 26, 27. Faith sees: 1. Day and Rejoiced, John 8:56. The author takes several episodes from the life of Moses. 14:10-12) Was this predicament unexpected? The mere presence of a good and holy personage will move us to reverence and admiration, though he may say and do but little. Abraham lived about two thousand years before Christ. 3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. H. Chapin—The Crown of Thorns, "He went out, not knowing whither He went" (Heb. Not at all. The Israelites became terrified and began to cry out to Jehovah.” (Ex. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Discipleship, Spiritual Growth, and Christian Living, When faced with death, do I think of God’s promises? Abraham saw Jesus? --HEBREWS xi. xi. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered … Not at all. https://www.preaching.com/sermons/faith-seeing-the-invisible-hebrews-1123-27 But it was the Lord because Abraham bowed down and worshipped Him, and the Lord did not reject his worship. Observing Noah’s belief, Abraham looked for a spiritual ark by faith, an ark that would carry him and his seed through the coming deluge of eternal fire. Never! We saw no path upon the sea nor sign of the shore. Who shall tell which of the three grand deeds of faith is the greatest? Moses saw God at the burning bush, but for us he is invisible. --Hebrews xi. A monument or symbol shall convey a meaning which cannot be expressed; and a token of some departed one is more eloquent than words. 8). When Abraham took Isaac up the mountain, he told his servants that “we” will return (Genesis 22:5); he did not expect Isaac to stay dead. "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. I do believe today and like Moses desire to persevere because I indeed, by faith, see Him who is invisible. He took "one step," and he did not "ask to see the distant scene." Be of good cheer, and come!" Many of us may never have to brave the fiery stake, nor to bow our necks upon the block, to die as Paul did; but if we have grace enough to be out of weakness made strong, we shall not be left out of …Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 37: 1891, The Obedience of Faith"Is there a heart that will not bend To thy divine control? And that is faith, to do God's will here and now, quietly leaving the results to Him. The Promises of God, The Old Testament Saints, verse 13. The Lord appeared, and Abraham saw Him coming. Exodus 6:3. The Apostle tells us, however, that the people of God were …Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 61: 1915, The Gaze of the SoulLooking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.--Heb. "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23). --Hebrews xi. "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23). "According to your faith be it unto you" (Matthew 9:28,29). A monument or symbol shall convey a meaning which cannot be expressed; and a token of some departed one is more eloquent than words. The Invisible God, verse 27. He approaches the Bible without any previous knowledge of what it contains. 1 In the land of the a Chaldeans , at the residence of my fathers, I, b Abraham , saw that it was needful for me to obtain another place of c residence ; By faith Abraham, even though he was past age--and Sarah herself was barren--was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. But now they desire a better country, that is an heavenly...city." Come with me, and I will be with you, visible, until the sacrifice, but after the sacrifice always invisible. “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.” The first time Moses left Egypt, he was afraid ( Exodus 2:14 ), but the author here is probably referring to a later time, when Moses had courage to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Descend, O sovereign love, descend, And melt that stubborn soul! " The Scriptures place stress upon the fact that …Henry T. Sell—Studies in the Life of the Christian, The Voices of the Dead"And by it he being dead yet speaketh." A good reason to include that somebody saw God would have been to appease those who claimed that an invisible God might as well not exist. We know where and why Moses died, but do we know how? 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. And that is faith, to do God's will here and now, quietly leaving the results to Him. Brethren, the times when I have seen Him who is invisible were those times when my heart was broken. Abraham could not see how God would keep his promise, but in faith he did what God told him to do. 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: for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." On the other hand it would have also been useful to say that no one ever saw him, because that way the rabbi wouldn't have had to justify himself by saying he had seen him. January the First the Unknown Journey"He went out not knowing whither he went." 19 Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. Although Joseph was prince of Egypt, he knew that his descendants would later move to Canaan, and so he directed that his bones should also be moved. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as … It is easy to have faith when everything is going well. As you see God move on behalf of His people during the Exodus, you will gain a greater revelation of … But now they desire a better country, that is an heavenly...city." "For he (Moses) endured, as seeing Him Who is invisible,? he was a man of loneliness. A good reason to include that somebody saw God would have been to appease those who claimed that an invisible God might as well not exist. By faith, he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. The Faith of Abraham. Preached June 9, 1850. Oh, for obedience! The Israelites became terrified and began to cry out to Jehovah.” (Ex. Hebrews xi. Be of good cheer, and come!" Oh, for obedience! (Galatians 3: 19; Acts 7: 53) Still, Moses’ faith in God was so strong that the Bible described him as “seeing the One who is invisible.” —Hebrews 11:27. Thomas had this kind of faith – I want to see for myself 8-10. There, I. He obeyed a noble impulse without any discernment of its consequences. He approaches the Bible without any previous knowledge of what it contains. The roll call of faith resumes in verse 17, with Abraham’s most severe trial: “By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. On the other hand it would have also been useful to say that no one ever saw him, because that way the rabbi wouldn't have had to justify himself by saying he had seen him. Most today have a faith in only what they can see, touch, taste, hear. Unless indicated otherwise, all scripture quotations on this website are from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. ... And He answered and said, "Hear Abraham! 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. 12:2 Let us think of our intelligent plain man mentioned in chapter six coming for the first time to the reading of the Scriptures. It was a reminder to the Israelites that Canaan was the land God promised to them. In Genesis 17:1 Abraham saw a theophany or an appearance of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament called the Angel of the Lord. he was a man who bore reproach. Our SPONSORS | … He is wholly without prejudice; he has nothing to prove and nothing to defend. Abraham's family was originally an idolatrous one; afterwards some beams of light shone in upon the household, and they became worshippers of the true God; but there was much ignorance mingled with their worship, and at least occasionally their old idolatrous habits returned. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. In crossing the Atlantic we observed this very principle of faith. ABRAHAM left his country at God's command, and he never went back again. GNT. [By faith he forsook Egypt, not dreading the hardness of the king; forsooth he as seeing sustained the invisible.] The mere presence of a good and holy personage will move us to reverence and admiration, though he may say and do but little. As the story turns out, however, God provided a substitute sacrifice (just as he later provided his own Son as a substitute for us), and Hebrews concludes: “and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.” In Abraham’s mind, Isaac was as good as dead, but he was rescued from it. Play! "According to your faith be it unto you" (Matthew 9:28,29). Much of the communion of this earth is not by speech or actual contact, and the holiest influences fall upon us in silence. The author is giving a motivational speech, not a history lesson, and he is selective about which events he reports, and in what order.) Who shall tell which of the three grand deeds of faith is the greatest? Genesis 18:1. Young's Literal Translation by faith he left Egypt behind, not having been afraid of the wrath of the king, for, as seeing the Invisible One -- he endured; Hebrews 11:27 Parallel [By faith he forsook Egypt, not dreading the hardness of the king; forsooth he as seeing sustained the invisible.] 11:27. This powerful sermon reveals how Moses died as he saw Him who is invisible. Faith is not knowledge of a moral, My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year, Preached June 9, 1850. By faith he left Egypt, without being afraid of the king's anger, and he persevered because he saw the one who is invisible. Faith is not concerned with the entire chain; its devoted attention is fixed upon the immediate link. February 3. ... And He answered and said, "Hear Abraham! “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.” The first time Moses left Egypt, he was afraid (Exodus 2:14), but the author here is probably referring to a later time, when Moses had courage to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Such a man will not have read long until his mind begins to observe certain truths standing out from the page. First, let us LOOK AT ABRAHAM. "He Went Out, not Knowing Whither He Went" (Heb. Many of us may never have to brave the fiery stake, nor to bow our necks upon the block, to die as Paul did; but if we have grace enough to be out of weakness made strong, we shall not be left out of, "Is there a heart that will not bend To thy divine control? And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran Acts 7:2 Isaac saw him … 3. And I stood up and saw him who had taken my right hand and set me on my ... be not troubled. GW. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. 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. In verse 4, Abraham says, "Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet." “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.” The first time Moses left Egypt, he was afraid (Exodus 2:14), but the author here is probably referring to a later time, when Moses had courage to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Stephen saw Him when he was being stoned to death. “He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” The readers were also facing disgrace for the sake of Christ. It is faith without sight. 4. Those were good times. Now, that sounds like a contradiction. By faith he forsook Egypt, and feared not the fierceness of the king: for he endured, as he that saw him which is invisible. When we can see, it is not faith but reasoning. Abraham saw Yeshua’s “day” through the eyes of faith just as Moses saw he who is invisible (Yahweh) through the eyes of faith (Hebrews 11:27)." We live about two thousand years after him. And yet day by day we were marking our path upon the chart as exactly as if there had followed us a great chalk line upon the sea; and when we came within twenty miles of land we knew where we were as exactly as if we had seen it all three thousand miles, "He went out not knowing whither he went." Faith is not knowledge of a moral …John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year, The Illusiveness of Life. Abraham himself had once been “as good as dead” (verse 11); the same God who gave him life could also give Isaac life. 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