Faith Is The Evidence of Things Unseen

Written by Joel on August 25th, 2010

Not the sermon I preached, but I sure would love to hear that message.

Aug 8, 2010
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Audio is unavailable because I lost my voice recorder.

Notes:

One night a house caught fire and a young boy was forced to flee to the roof. The father stood on the ground below with outstretched arms, calling to his son, “Jump! I’ll catch you.” He knew the boy had to jump to save his life. All the boy could see, however, was flame, smoke, and blackness. As can be imagined, he was afraid to leave the roof. His father kept yelling: “Jump! I will catch you.” But the boy protested, “Daddy, I can’t see you.” The father replied, “But I can see you and that’s all that matters.”

How most people interpret this passage: “Faith means hoping in things and believing in what cannot be seen.”

Abraham’s faith.

Promise. Initial promise 12:5 “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” And so he went…he was 75 years old.

Fulfillment. Then, when he was 99 years old. God told Abraham that he would have a son. Not only that he and his wife would be parents at the age of 100; but that Abraham and Sarah had to wait 24 years for the promise to be fulfilled.

Rudy wasn’t a great football player because of any gifts and skills he was born with, he wasn’t even all that good. And then he only played one play in one game. But he was a great football player, simply because he had faith in himself.

Verse 13 – they died in faith without receiving the promise

The people receiving this letter were facing a time of Christian persecution; when people were killed for bearing the name “Christian.” In fact many of the heros of the faith died before seeing the promise delivered. Because the value of our faith is not in what we receive; it is not about us. Our faith is a living relationship with a living God.

Our faith in itself is our evidence of things unseen.


 

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