J > Pt. 14
Abraham’s faith was greater than his CONFUSION
Abraham was 75 years old and Sarah 65 when God promised he would become the father of a great nation (12:1-9). After 25 years of infertility, God miraculously allowed Sarah to birth Isaac at 90 years old! When Isaac was of marriageable age in his teens or twenties, God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son as a burnt offering. Coming from a pagan, child-sacrificing background in Babylon, Abraham was confused why the true God would ask this but made the preparations. If we have faith, God will often bring clarity to our confusion. Abraham had such great faith he told his servants they would return believing God could raise Isaac from the dead/ashes (Gen. 22:1-19)! Faith without testing is no faith at all!
Isaac, Jacob and Joseph’s faith was greater than the UNKNOWN
As the son of Abraham, Isaac continued his father’s faith and legacy for his sons Jacob and Esau. Jacob/Israel worshipped God to his deathbed, blessing Joseph, his son, and grandsons. Joseph was so confident in God he gave future instructions to take his bones to Canaan when God rescued Israel (Gen. 50:24, 25)! Though believers can’t have faith for their kids, they can live lives in hope their faith is caught by them (Prov. 22:6)! Believers walk by faith not by sight. This desire to please God affects all areas of life; dating, child-rearing, job interactions, recreation, retirement, etc., though others won’t understand (2 Cor. 4:18; 5:6-9). Believers are to set their minds on things above, and that affects their life below (Col. 3:2)!
Moses’s faith was greater than his TEMPTATIONS
When the Egyptian Pharaoh (possibly Thutmose I) decreed male infanticide, Moses’ parents trusted God and put their son in a basket in the Nile. Pharaoh’s daughter eventually found him and was raised for 3 years by his mother then as royalty (Ex. 2:9, 10). As Egyptian royalty, he had the best education of his day. While he learned as an Egyptian, he lived like an Israelite. Though his nurture was decadence and sin, his nature was restraint and godliness (1 Cor. 10:13). Nurture is exhibited by upbringing; nature is exposed by action. He walked and talked like an Egyptian, but had the heart of a man of God that endured through temptation to save others. Moses’ identity wasn’t in his looks or livelihood but in living for his Lord!