This week in Hebrews, we are looking at the faith of the Israelites. Specifically, we’ll be looking at the faith involved in crossing the Red Sea, bringing down the walls of Jericho, and the way faith changed the life of Rahab.
As I read about the faith involved in the lives of these people, two things stood out to me above everything else
1. God is Faithful
2 Timothy 2:13 says:
“If we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.”
Sometimes, being faithful to what God is calling us to do is scary, or it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
I can’t help but wonder how many of the Israelites knew how to swim. If you have ever met someone with a fear of water, walking through the Red Sea, even on dry ground, would have terrified them. Okay, I know how to swim, and it probably would have terrified me! That gigantic wall of water on both sides. You would have had to have a lot of faith to believe that God would (and could) hold it that way until you were safely to the other side. And this was a sea – not a creek. There wouldn’t be the option to run real fast so you make it across quickly. It took some time, and a whole lot of faith (or fear).
Walking around a city for seven days probably seemed a little foolish so some. But the Israelites faithfully did it. They trusted that God knew what He was doing, and they followed through. And God did just what He promised to do, even if there were a few skeptics in the bunch.
Our God is an Awesome God
2. Faith is Powerful
Rahab is the one that I was most impressed with this week, though. She wasn’t originally an Israelite. She was a prostitute who lived in Jericho and had heard about the LORD, and believed that He had given the Israelites the land. So she acted out of that faith and it not only saved her life, but changed her life. She became an Israelite, married Salmon, and became the father of Boaz, a forefather of Jesus.
Pretty awesome stuff, huh?
So while faith might not always be easy or make a lot of sense, it changes things and changes us.
How has faith changed your life?