Hebrews 11:8-19 - Abraham
When called to go, Abraham went.
When told to live in a foreign land that was promised to him, Abraham lived in tents
When promised an heir, Abraham believed.
When asked to offer his son, Abraham obeyed
When it was time to die, Abraham was still waiting.
His son and grandson also lived and died waiting.
When God calls you to go or give and you obey.
Then God will call you to go further and give again.
We live by faith.
Hebrews 6:13 - Abraham mentioned as having faith and waiting patiently
Acts7:2-5 – Stephen makes it clear that Abraham lived as a pilgrim
Abraham’s Faith Led to Obedience
Obedience to go to the land came first.
Then the promise was given and continued to Isaac because Abraham obeyed. See Genesis 26:5
The promise of the inheritance:
God did not make a promise of the inheritance until after Abram had obeyed the call and went into the land.
Abraham received the promise of an inheritance after he obeyed.
Yet, the promise was never fulfilled in his life.
He lived like a stranger in a foreign land in tents.
Abraham received Isaac but only as a means of passing the unfulfilled promise onto.
Likewise, Isaac received Jacob while living in tents in a foreign land and handed down the promise.
The key to their ability to endure and wait:
he expected for the the foundations having city of which
craftsman and maker God
εξεδεχετο “he was looking forward to (NIV)” means to await expectantly. This preposition in compound means to be ready, to be prepared to deal with the situation.
τεχνιτης “architect (NIV)” means craftsman, artificer, designer, maker.
δημιουργος “builder (NIV)” means public workman, constructor, maker.
“technites” refers to the plan
”demiourgos” refers to the execution of the plan.
Abraham was looking forward to the eternal city.
Abraham was not looking forward to:
This city is mentioned in:
Reasons for Abraham and not Sarah: