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  1. Examples, Not Comparisons (Hebrews 11:30-40)

    August 18, 2013 by Pito

     

       All these Old Testament saints serve as reminders of what God accomplished in the past through men and women of faith. They remind us that God is still at work today, fighting for us against the spiritual forces that would destroy both body and soul in hell.

      When we acknowledge our weakness and sinfulness, then we are on the right path to true humility and greatness in the Kingdom of God. Heroes of the faith were men and women just like us. They struggled against the same things we struggle against. We have the same challenge to persevere through humanly hopeless situations.

       They were not great because of anything in themselves, their gifts, talents or resources. What got them through it all was their knowledge that God is faithful to His promises.

       May their examples inspire us to greater faith and may we also do great deeds for God by faithful obedience.

       All these saints died in faith, but what about Jesus, the true Hero of the faith, did He die by faith? Did He live by faith? In Romans 3 we read, “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all them that believe.”

      Yes, He did live and die by faith. He obeyed when the Father sent Him into this world to become a man, to be baptized to fulfill all righteousness, to teach the teachers when he was twelve years old. He defeated Satan in the wilderness and on the cross. He came to reveal to us the Father, to endure the persecutions of wicked men and abandonment by His friends. He trusted the Father. He did all this in obedience to the Father. And what was He rewarded with? He received all the nations as His possession. He endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him and He now rules and reigns over all the earth.

       While we should learn from the example of these OT saints mentioned in Hebrews 11, and from the examples of the godly in our own day, we must not come to His table comparing ourselves to others. No one here should be worried about how other moms have their act together more than you do. No one should be tormented by the sins of their youth. When you come to the Lord, no comparisons. This is the table of no comparisons, no condemnation. Jesus died once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous.

    So come and welcome to Jesus Christ.


  2. By Faith Moses… (Hebrews 11:23-29)

    August 11, 2013 by Pito

     

     

      Faith protected Moses at his birth, led him to leave the riches of Egypt, and by faith he conquered Egypt, kept the Passover and led the children of Israel to freedom.

         When Pharoah made war against God’s children,  God made war against him. God won. We are to continue to war against the seed of the serpent for the battle has already been won, on the cross, and our calling is to mop up the defeated enemy.

        Because we love life and not death, we keep God’s’ commandments, which are life, as we manifest the love of God shed abroad in our hearts through the work of the Lord Jesus. 

      Like Moses we protect our children by loving them and by delighting in them. We lead them out of the darkness of their own hearts by faithfully admonishing, teaching and protecting them from all harm. This includes our own propensity to sin by our lack of self-control.

       Like Moses, we reject the sophisticated, death-loving  philosophy of the world. We reject the seductive attractions of Egypt and embrace their reproach rather than sleep in their beds or eat their demonic food.

       Jesus conquered Egypt on the cross. The church keeps the Passover through the Lord’s Table and your pastors and elders lead you to freedom by faithfully preaching the Word of God to your listening ears.

      Our challenge is to clearly and boldly exegete  and preach the Word. Your challenge is to not to be dull of hearing, but awake, listening intently and not be day-dreaming.

       By the grace of God, let us press on, together. Let us purpose to explore God’s Word together and to live it together so that the world will turn to the Lord and be healed. Let us partake of this meal together in peace and joy. Let us approach the throne of grace that we may find mercy and grace to help in time of need.


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