Memory verses for this week:
Pet 3:13 Nevertheless
we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth,
wherein dwelleth righteousness.
In Chapter 10, we found that the
law made nothing perfect, but the blood shed at Calvary was the
perfect sacrifice that God required for us to have total forgiveness
of sin. We now
come directly to God by Jesus Christ, our High Priest who ever lives
to make intercession for us. The
wall of partition between man and God was broken down when Jesus
died for our sins. This
week we cover the topic of faith as we get into Chapter 11 which has
been called the bible’s chapter of faith.
I. Definition of Faith
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence
of things not seen.
For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by
the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of
things which do appear.
To understand faith, we need to understand it’s definition.
Verse 1 makes it pretty clear.
Faith is a belief in things we have not seen, heard, or felt.
It means we take God at His word.
Verse 6 of this text tells us that it is impossible to please
God without faith. Faith
is one of the key ingredients in salvation when we come to Jesus
with faith and repentance to be saved.
By faith we accept that God created the universe, and all
that is in the universe.
No man was present when God created the heaven and the earth,
so we must accept God on this fact.
11:6 But without faith
it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must
believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek him.
38:1 Then the LORD
answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
38:2 Who is this that
darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
38:3 Gird up now thy
loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
38:4 Where wast thou
when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast
38:5 Who hath laid the
measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line
38:6 Whereupon are the
foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
38:7 When the morning
stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
II. The Faith of Abel
By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice
than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God
testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
God was pleased with Abel’s offering, but he was not with Cain.
In Albert Barne’s notes on the bible, he said that Cain’s
offering of the fruits of the land was perfectly ok.
He stated: “It could
not have been because an offering of the fruits of the ground was
not pleasing to God, for such an offering was commanded under the
Jewish Law, and was not in itself improper.” I
disagree with his assumption. Most
likely, Adam had taught those young men what kind of offering God
required, and it was a blood sacrifice.
Cain brought the very best he could from the works of his own
hands, but that was not good enough in God’s sight.
Those who come to God one day and stand in their own works
will not enter into heaven. Only
by the shed blood of Jesus will we stand in God’s presence.
I agree with what the Bible Believers’ study guide said on
11:4 Abel’s sacrifice of faith was
more acceptable to God than Cain’s due to both the nature of the
sacrifice and the attitude in which it was offered. That the nature
of the sacrifice (a substitutionary animal) was more acceptable than
Cain’s inferior offering of the fruit of the ground is attested in
two places in this verse: Abel presented “a more excellent
sacrifice,” and God was “testifying of his gifts.” Also see
12:24, in which still another reference is made to the nature of
Abel’s sacrifice. 
12:24 And to Jesus the
mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that
speaketh better things than that of Abel.
4:4 And Abel, he also
brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And
the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
4:5 But unto Cain and
to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his
Abel’s offering was an animal sacrifice, and it was a
blood sacrifice. Cain’s sacrifice came from the fruit of the ground, the
same ground that God had cursed.
Cain’s offering was the works of his hands, and works can
never take away one sin.
9:22 And almost
all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of
blood is no remission.
III. The Faith of Enoch
11:5 By faith Enoch was
translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because
God had translated him: for before his translation he had this
testimony, that he pleased God.
11:6 But without faith
it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must
believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek him.
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death.
We find this in Genesis 5:24.
5:24 And Enoch
walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
The only other man who was recorded to not die was Elijah.
He was translated in the presence of Elisha.
Kings 2:1-11 And it
came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a
whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2 And Elijah
said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me
to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy
soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel. 3
And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to
Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away
thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold
ye your peace. 4 And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I
pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the
LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they
came to Jericho. 5 And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho
came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will
take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I
know it; hold ye your peace. 6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I
pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said,
As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.
And they two went on. 7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets
went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.
8 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and
smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that
they two went over on dry ground.
9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah
said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken
away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion
of thy spirit be upon me. 10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard
thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it
shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.
11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked,
that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire,
and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into
Another interesting fact about Enoch is that he was one of two men who
were recorded to have walked with God.
(Noah being the other.)
Perhaps the responsibility of being a father cause Enoch to
walk with God. Until
Methuselah was born, we have no record that he walked with God.
Every parent should understand how serious a job we have and
do our best to seek God’s help and guidance every day of our
lives. To walk
with God means we have to agree with him.
A walk with the Lord will draw us closer to Him.
Enoch had a testimony that he pleased God, and as we have
read in verse 6, it is impossible to please God unless we have
that ever comes to God has to believe He is God and trust Him in
IV. The Faith of Noah
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet,
moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the
which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness
which is by faith.
During the days of Noah, the bible records that every imagination of the
thoughts of man’s heart was only evil continually, but Noah found
grace in the sight of the Lord.
The bible is full of examples of how one man can make a
gigantic difference when his heart is turned wholly to the Lord.
6:5 And God saw that
the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every
imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6:6 And it repented the
LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his
6:7 And the LORD said,
I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth;
both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the
air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
6:8 But Noah found
grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Pet 2:5 And spared not
the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of
righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
Pet 3:18 For Christ
also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he
might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but
quickened by the Spirit:
Pet 3:19 By which also
he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
Pet 3:20 Which sometime
were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the
days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is,
eight souls were saved by water.
Pet 3:21 The like
figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting
away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience
toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Some take verse 20 to read that the water saved Noah and his family.
It was not the water but the ark they were in that saved
them. God has an
ark for the child of God today.
Those who know Jesus are secure and will not perish.
But when the judgment comes on this old world, only those
inside the ark will be saved. Baptism is a picture of what saves man today.
It shows the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
In that image, we see our old man dying (to the things of the
flesh) the new spiritual man rising up to walk in newness of life.
Cor 15:1 Moreover,
brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you,
which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
Cor 15:2 By which also
ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless
ye have believed in vain.
Cor 15:3 For I
delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that
Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
Cor 15:4 And that he
was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the
1:16 For I am not
ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto
salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to
1:17 For therein is the
righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written,
The just shall live by faith.
V. Faith of Abraham and
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.
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.
You and I are like Abraham in that we too look for a city whose builder
and maker is God. And
like Abraham (if we know Christ as Savior), we will see that city
one day. Abraham
was told to go to a place he did not even know, and by faith he
trusted God and went. Some days, you and I face things that we do not know
how we will manage to get through.
In those times, we need to have the faith to know that God is
with us every step of the way.
Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive
seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because
she judged him faithful who had promised.
Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead,
so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which
is by the sea shore innumerable.
These all died in faith, not having received the promises,
but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and
embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims
on the earth.
For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek
And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from
whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have
But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly:
wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath
prepared for them a city.
There are so many miracles recorded in the bible.
From the physical human standpoint, perhaps none are greater
than to see a 90 year old woman bearing a child, from a husband who
was a 100 years of age. With
man, this is impossible, but
with God, all things are possible.
17:17 Then Abraham fell
upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be
born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is
ninety years old, bear?
17:18 And Abraham said
unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!
17:19 And God said,
Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his
name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an
everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
J. Vernon McGee said this about Sarah.
When God told Sarah at ninety
years of age that she was to have a child, she laughed because it
was ridiculous—it seemed utterly preposterous. She couldn’t
accept it, but God gave her the strength and power to believe Him.
Many of us need such strength. Do you remember the man who brought
the demon-possessed boy to the Lord Jesus? The Lord Jesus told the
man that He could help him if he would believe. The man said, “I
believe. Help thou mine unbelief.” The man recognized that he had
a weak faith, but the Lord Jesus must have given him the faith
because He healed the boy (see Mark 9:17–27). Sarah had a little
boy named Isaac. Why? She “received strength to conceive seed, and
was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged
him faithful who had promised.” Sarah represents the power (or
strength) of faith. 
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he
that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son.
Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the
dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
Abraham had tremendous faith.
Even when God told him to go and sacrifice his only son Isaac
on Mt. Moriah, Abraham
had such faith that he believed if he did have to put Isaac to death
as a sacrifice, God would raise him from the dead.
This was a test only, and we know as Abraham raised the knife
to slay Isaac, an angel of the Lord stayed his hand and told Abraham
that there was a ram in the bush to offer rather than Isaac’s.
We have that substitute lamb today, and that is Jesus Christ. Oh to have the faith in God that Abraham and Sarah had.
He believed that
what God had promised, he
was able to do.
4:20 He staggered not
at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith,
giving glory to God;
4:21 And being fully
persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
VI. The Faith of Isaac and
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to
By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of
Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
As Abraham was blessed by his great faith, his son Isaac was a man of
blessed Isaac with two sons, Jacob and Esau.
And through Jacob, the nation of Israel was born.
God blessed Jacob and Esau with prophetic blessings.
27:26 And his father
Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.
27:27 And he came near,
and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed
him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field
which the LORD hath blessed:
27:28 Therefore God
give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and
plenty of corn and wine:
27:29 Let people serve
thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and
let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that
curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.
Jacob blessed Joseph’s two sons.
48:13 And Joseph took
them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and
Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought
them near unto him.
48:14 And Israel
stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who
was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his
hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
48:15 And he blessed
Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did
walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,
48:16 The Angel which
redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named
on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them
grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
48:17 And when Joseph
saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it
displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from
Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head.
48:18 And Joseph said
unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put
thy right hand upon his head.
48:19 And his father
refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall
become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger
brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a
multitude of nations.
48:20 And he blessed
them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make
thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
VII. Faith of Joseph
By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing
of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his
Joseph asked the nation of Israel to carry his bones out of Egypt when
50:24 And Joseph said
unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring
you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to
Isaac, and to Jacob.
50:25 And Joseph took
an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit
you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.
Joseph believed God’s promise to Israel about them being delivered.
15:13 And he said unto
Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land
that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict
them four hundred years;
15:14 And also that
nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall
they come out with great substance.
15:15 And thou shalt go
to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
15:16 But in the fourth
generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the
Amorites is not yet full.
VIII. Faith of Moses
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.
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: for he had respect unto the recompense of the
Moses was born during a very horrible time when the king had commanded
that all male children be killed at birth.
But Moses’ parents feared God more than man, and came up
with a plan to try and save the baby’s life.
We don’t have time to go into the story, but you know how
his mother made a small ark and placed it in the bulrushes in the
river where the Hebrews were to drown the babies.
And in the perfect plan of God, Pharaoh’s daughter came
along and found the baby and raised it as her own, hiring Moses’
mother to be the baby’s keeper.
That mother no doubt taught Moses the truth, and at an early
age, he decided to serve God rather than the flesh.
He chose to suffer with the people of God.
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king:
for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of
blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land:
which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
Moses was chosen by God at the tender age of 80 to lead the nation of
Israel out of Egypt to the promised land.
And there are so many instances of faith that we can not go
into the details, but Moses was a man of faith.
God called him “my servant.”
No greater words could be spoken of a man than to be a true
servant of the Lord.
1:2 Moses my servant is
dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this
people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children
IX. The Faith of Joshua,
Israel, and Rahab
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were
compassed about seven days.
By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that
believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
Joshua and the nation of Israel performed many great things by faith
under the leadership of the Lord.
And Rahab, a harlot of the night, was saved and was used to
help bring the walls of Jericho down.
She and her family were spared when Israel overthrew Jericho.
God can use anyone who truly wants to be used in the service
of the Lord.
6:23 And the young men
that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and
her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought
out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel.
6:24 And they burnt the
city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the
gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the
treasury of the house of the LORD.
6:25 And Joshua saved
Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she
had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid
the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
X. Other Numerous Heroes of
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:
Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness,
obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
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.
Women received their dead raised to life again: and others
were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a
And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea,
moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
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;
(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts,
and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith,
received not the promise:
God having provided some better thing for us, that they
without us should not be made perfect.
Mighty deeds of faith were accomplished by all those mentioned.
Just think of the armies God overthrew with the 300 men that
Gideon led. Faithfulness
produces a good report of faith. There are many who are not named in the bible who have
died with faith that you and I might have the opportunity to come to
know Christ as our Lord and Savior.
It says in verse 39 that all of these who died had not
received the promise, because Christ had not yet come and died.
We will all rise together one day when Christ returns and
receive the promise with all of those who died in faith.
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