Hebrews 11: 17-19
John Dugas – Grace Bible Church Tulsa
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Hebrews chapter 11 and this morning will be looking at verses 17 through 19 do you like puzzles some people that like you to help me with this one. Why is it when we so often are too lazy to do our own spiritual duties that we try to take on those duties that those responsibilities of it. They're far too big for so often we don't do the things that God has assigned for us to do but yet we go and try to take on his job 11 years ago this week, we flew to Russia to meet our girls for the first time and we like to say that what happened is the store got blown way off course and it is years to find a 12 and nine, respectively what with parenting come certain parental responsibilities I'm a copy required by God to protect them to provide for them to teach them to correct them to love them but I'm never responsible never held responsible for how they turn out. I mean I'm not responsible for the choices that they make their good kids. They also another sinners and I know the sinners can make better choices often find myself perplexed as to how God is going to work things out and so I sometimes try to take over that job. I worry I have a great here for every time I tried to worry them to be okay, but for the last 611 years my responsibility has been actually rather simple trust God and obey. That's what he has called me to do. I don't do my job very well in it. When I try to do his job. It's a disaster because that's what I do is a worry and that eats me up, and then that just you makes everybody else miserable because I'm miserable what I need to do is whenever I am tempted to take God's responsibilities on my shall need remind myself that it's not my problem how they turn out isn't my problem and I need to remember them. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this it may not To do with your kids. It may have to do with a lot of other things but I think I'm not alone that we tend to take God's responsibility on our shoulders and because were not got the best we can do is work which is the worst thing. And so this is our challenge this morning. How do we deal with how do we learn to trust and obey. But like you to follow with me as I read Hebrews chapter 11 in on the start with a couple of the foundation versus their verse one and verse six before read our passage so Hebrews chapter 11 verse one is the author is is launching into this this wonderful chapter on faith as he's trying to help us understand how it is that were supposed to trust God walk with God, please God gives these wonderful examples of people just like us were just as messed up as we are, who walked by not perfectly a long ways from but they will buy things in so he says. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Now verse six and without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who comes to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him in our passage. Verse 17, after going through saying by faith that one did this by faith by faith he now picks up again with Abraham by faith Abraham, when he was tested offered up Isaac and he would receive the promises was offering up his only begotten son he was he to whom it was said in Isaac your descendents shall be called the consider that God is able to raise men, even from the dead from which he also received him back as a time Abraham story of offering up Isaac as a sacrifice is a very his know for ever had a prominent place in Jewish literature. And so it so it's a perfect story for the writer to to go in draw upon as he is trying to help his Hebrews Jewish readers understand faith that they need to live by faith. They held the story out. This was Abraham's most severe tasks and in so when he showing them though, because the these believers came out of Judaism into biblical Christianity to to trust in Christ by faith and he knows it tempted to go back to Judaism into works righteousness and when he was to show them he said okay guys you know the story that they are our forefathers have held true for so long. This is one of the greatest stories about Abraham's faith tested that it's a story not of works righteousness. It's a story about faith you please God Abraham, please God by faith and so Abraham's example challenges us and were faced with perplexing trials you that was is because the incredibly perplexing trial. We all face perplexing trials and we can learn from him seats when we can't see how God is going to make something work out. That's not a call for us to take over we think it is we think that wealth and God said to do this, but the so we take it on and we worry
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