#919 May 10, 1992 a.m.
THE ANATOMY OF FAITH
We're studying Hebrews, chapter number 11. And we spent one session on Abraham.
And today we're going to spend our time on Abraham and Sarah, because we know
that about 1/3 of this great Hebrews 11, the Hall of Faith, is given to Abraham.
Abraham is the progenitor of faith, the kind of faith that men and women must
have if we are truly to come into relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. And
we've talked about the anatomy of Abraham's faith. And let's look at it as we
take a running commentary through this section. Hebrews 11, look at verse number
"By faith Abraham when he was called, obeyed..."
The word 'called' indicates to us that Abraham had ears of faith. How many times
has God tried to speak to you and speak to me and we don't hear? We miss it.
We walk by it. It gets away from us. So Abraham had ears of faith. When he was
called, he obeyed. The rest of the verse,
"...by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance and
he went out not knowing where he was going..."
He not only heard, he went out. By going out he obeyed. This tells us Abraham
not only had ears to listen to the voice of God, but he had feet and he stepped
out in obedience to God. Sometimes we know what God wants us to do, where God
wants us to go, exactly how God wants us to be obedient. But our feet, our lives
do not respond. Abraham had ears and he had feet of faith.
Now jump down at verse 10. It says;
"For he was looking for the city which has foundations whose architect and
builder is God."
It says he was looking. He not only had ears of faith and feet of faith, he had
eyes of faith. He could see as God would see. He knew God's agenda for his
life. He knew where to look, how long to look. He knew how to see as God sees
this world. So he had eyes of faith. Now look down in verse 13;
"For all these died in faith without receiving the promises. But having
seen them with the ey ...
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