CAPABLE OF SEEING THE BIG PICTURE
July 12, 1998
INTRODUCTION: The Apostle Paul said in II Tim. 1:12,
“For this reason I also suffer these things: nevertheless I
am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am
persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to
Him until that Day.”
God is glorified when his people leave this world with their
flags flying at full mast. Whatever the ups and downs of their
lives, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph went out “basking in the
sunlight” of true faith.
Having finished the passages on Abraham and the patriarchs,
the writer now centers in on 3 generations of Abraham’s
descendants: Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Each had an
appreciation of God’s ultimate purposes and as a result,
responded accordingly. They were able to get glimpses of the
“Big Picture.” They did not die in the despair of unfulfilled
dreams, but in the perfect peace of unfulfilled promises,
confident because they were God’s promises.
Heb. 11:13, in the NIV, says, “still living by faith when they
died.” It is at the end of life that faith’s victory is seen most
clearly. These faithful men climbed the mountains of life’s
difficulties, and with keen spiritual vision glanced over into the
glorious future of all who believe. Again, v.13 indicates the
promises of God were “welcomed from a distance”; “hailed
with delight or embraced.” Death was no terror to these
older men for they had looked ahead. They all died giving a
These men lived by faith and they died by faith. Knowing the
Lord Jesus as Lord and Savior touches every dimension of life.
It touches the past, because in Jesus the guilt and burden of
past sin has been put away. It touches the present because it
gives the potential to live for the Lord day by day. It touches
the future because if we are saved, if we are under the blood of
the Lord Jesus, we have a wonderful future in heaven. ...
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