Hebrews 11:29-12:2, gives us pictures of people acting on their faith.
By faith, Moses led people out of Egypt through the Red Sea as if it were dry ground. They acted upon faith. They had faith in Moses who believed God told him to do it.
By faith Joshua marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days until the walls tumbled down. Joshua did what God told him to do.
By faith Rahab did what? Wait a minute… Rahab was a Canaanite prostitute who hid spies from being captured and killed. So, faith in God can appear in the most unlikely person so that God’s will can be accomplished.
Faith looks like people who are responding to God’s commands and promises. People act in faith not really knowing what exactly is going to happen but trusting that God will have the last word.
The ultimate picture of faith is Jesus nailed to a cross. He endured the intense suffering and agonizing death believing that his death would not be the end but would mark a new beginning not only for him but for all of us too.
What does faith look like, for you?
A really fun thing would happen when our family would get together and spend an afternoon looking at pictures from the past. There would be pictures of Grandma and Grandpa, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, and Mom and Dad. With each picture there would be a story about the person and what they meant to us.
I think Hebrews gives us pictures of people of faith. Pictures of what faith looks like. We have stores of people of faith who have shown us how faith should look. They are the “great cloud of witnesses” that the writer talks about, who support us as we live by faith.
- What does faith look like to you?
- What pictures do you have in your mind of people living out of their faith?
- What is your faith calling you to do today?
Eric is our current Webmaster and works on the NLS Communications Team. Raised in Judaism, he found Christ and the New Testament at age 16 in a Southern Baptist Church. He searched many denominations for the real church, only to find the Holy Spirit is present in all of them. He's worked for One for Israel, a group of native Israeli believers who are sharing the gospel in the holy land in Hebrew and is part of the only Hebrew speaking seminary in Israel.