Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 45

This entry is part 45 of 45 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap Part 44: Samuel, a servant of the Lord, and a prophet, served faithfully from birth till death. This man was a perfect example of what a Christian should do or how a Christian should serve throughout his/her life. How beautiful and fulfilling such a life might be. Knowing with certainty that you are heard of God and that your prayers are being answered. These truths are present in the lives of all Christians if they only believed or had faith in the promises of Christ.

Part 45

After greater than 40 weeks of study we have explored many of the faithful in Christ. If you hadn’t guessed, the series has been based on Hebrews chapter 11. This chapter speaks of those who had the type or the physical representations God intended all to know. They knew in part. God gave each generation more of the revelation of Christ, but they had parts; only that which they could understand. God revealed his son over the course of thousands of years. Pay attention to Isaiah 28:13 which states: “But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken”. And for further clarification: “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away” (1 Corinthians 13:9-10). That which is perfect being the collected works (Bible).

Those named specifically in Hebrews 11 included: Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sara, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Gedeon, Barak, Samson, Jephthae, David, and Samuel all appearing in our studies over the last several weeks. The question posed and the title of the series is: WHAT DID THEY KNOW? We as Christians often take for granted the period of time in which we live, the written word being collected, the ability to have in hand the collected works of the Holy Spirit known to us as the bible. Questions posed throughout the series helped us explore each character’s understanding of the revelation of Christ or the mystery or the plan of God. Exploring what each knew can help us to understand faith. A simple way of understanding faith is believing what God has taught us. Being careful to understand that I mean specifically what God taught.

Each character presented in this chapter on faith had a certain understanding, but none had the complete understanding. None had the opportunities Christians today have. Most were commanded and were obedient but knew very little of God’s plan. It says that they could see it afar off. Seeing afar off means they saw a shadow. As you are aware, a shadow is quite different than the true form. “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Hebrews 11:13). “God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect” (v. 40).

Although we have the word of God in a written format to reference, faith as simple as theirs, is still commanded of us. We can complicate things and get in the way of the message of the gospel without realizing it. Christ said: “And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:2-4). The message of the gospel is simple: Christ died, was buried, and rose again according to the scriptures. And similarly, we must be obedient to the message. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4). Obey!

May the glory of god be with you all. Amen.

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