The Bones of Belief
Now, we're in a series of messages on God's Hall of Fame. We're talking about the heroes of the faith. And I would like for you, please, to be finding Hebrews Chapter 11, and I want us to look at Verse 22, An unusual verse. It's about Joseph and his faith. The title our message this morning, "The Bones of belief." The Bible says here in Hebrews 11 Verse 22: "By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones." That's all that verse says! And that's what the Holy Spirit chose to remind us of when it talked about the life of Joseph and the great faith of this Old Testament patriarch, Joseph. Somehow, Joseph was very concerned about his bones. He wanted the Lord to have all there was of him.
I had a Baptist pastor down in Florida who was telling me that he was talking to a lady. She was bragging about being a Baptist. "Oh," she said, "T am a Baptist!" She said, "Every inch of me is a Baptist. And she meant to say, "I am a Baptist from the top of head to the sole-of my feet," but this is what she said She said, "I am a Baptist from the bottom of my head the top of my feet!" You know, we've got a lot who are just that kind of Baptists. I mean, they -- the Lord certainly doesn't have their mind, and He certainly doesn't have their feet. They're not going out witnessing or anything, but they're Baptists from the bottom of their head to the top of their feet! You can't get them to think, and you can't get them to visit, but they're Baptists!
Well, I want you to be a Baptist from the top of your head to the sole of your feet! Better than that, I'd rather you be a Christian because, you know, you can be a Baptist without being a Christian. And-I want you to be saved. And all of you, and every part of you, the Lord is interested in, even your bones. Well Joseph when he was dying made mention, or, actually the marginal reading is "remem ...
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