Our Pilgrim Journey
Hebrews 11:8-10, 13-16
Saturday, March 4, 2005
Tel Aviv, Israel
1. When we go back to the book of Genesis, chapter 12,
we are told of God's call to Abram. Abram (later called Abraham) was told by God to leave his country, his family, his home and all the things that were important to him and travel to an unknown place--somewhere he had never been before. God said, "Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from they father's house, unto a land that I will show thee" (Gen. 12:1).
1) In (vs. 8) of our text, it says, "And he went out,
not knowing whither he went."
2. One thing we do know about Abraham was that he
believed God. Paul wrote of it in Romans 4:3, "For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness."
3. Keep in mind; though Abraham wasn't sure where
God was leading Him, he knew his final destination was a divine city--a holy city--a place where he would be with his God. Look again at (vs. 10), "For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." In (vs. 13), it says, "They confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth." He knew this earth was not his home.
a. Aren't you glad this earth is not your home? Aren't you glad this is not all there is? Friend, when the road of life gets rough and we tend to groan under the weight of it all, the promise of heaven makes it easier to bear the load. Jesus becomes sweeter with each passing day.
HYMN: In 1912, Lelia Morris wrote the song, Sweeter As the years God by:
Sweeter as the years go by, sweeter as the years go by,
Richer, fuller, deeper, Jesus' love is sweeter,
Sweeter as the years go by.
4. Today we have come from America as pilgrims. We
have come to walk in the land of Israel and visit the city of Jerusalem. I believe it is on Tuesday we will visit the city and see many of the biblical sights in and ...
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