By faith Abraham and Sarah

Hebrews 11.8

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. 11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. Hebrews 11:8-12

Abraham and Sarah’s story is told in Genesis 11:27-25:11. It is the story of faith…by faith, by faith, by faith.

By faith Abraham obeyed…when he was called to go. Abraham had no idea where God was taking him.“Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you (Genesis 12:1).” The land of Canaan. We know now where he was going but Abraham had no idea. He went out, not knowing where he was going…time passed but Abraham remained in faith…until he was living in tents with Isaac and Jacob who were heirs of the same promise. Absolutely amazing and by faith.

Abraham did not walk by faith just for the right now, but trusted God for the future, the promise of heaven, ‘the city whose designer and builder is God.’

Abraham and Sarah were too old to have children. Yet they both believed that God would perform a miracle and keep His Word. Sarah was 90 years old and had never bore a child when the angel appeared. Abraham was 99, well beyond the age of conceiving a child. But God! Look at what the Lord has done – Sarah received power to conceive because the One who promised is faithful.

21 The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

By faith, by faith, by faith…this is what God says about it (using New Living Translation here)…

Romans 4:13-25 (NLT)…

13 Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith. 14 If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless. 15 For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!)

16 So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. 17 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.

18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” 19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.

20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. 22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. 23 And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded 24 for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.

Abraham’s faith recorded for my benefit, your benefit that we too would walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

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