The Hebrew writer is definitely encouraging his readers to live by faith and by the time he gets to chapter 11, the foundation has been well laid. Encouragement to live by faith surely can be given by pointing out those that have successfully done so. However, I think that we can, at times, find encouragement (or perhaps resolve) when we consider those that did not live by faith and the consequences it had.
Today’s lesson mixes both the faithful and the not faithful to help us realize we do indeed learn something from those who did not live faithfully. Zedekiah, king of Judah, and the first generation of Israel who came out of Egypt are our examples of the ‘not so faithful’ and after you listen to this, hopefully we will say: “I don’t want to be like them”
You can listen to the sermon by clicking this link.
Living by faith requires that we listen to God’s instructions. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17) Which is to say, as I understand it, that living by faith requires living by the Word of God.
When we do things based on what God’s word says we are doing things by faith. When we presume that God will act on us our behalf when he has not said so then we act upon non faith.
Joshua’s battle against Jericho shows us the benefit of listening to God’s instructions.
Do you live your life by faith? Look into God’s word and see! The sermon on this topic can be heard by following this link.