Faith is a big topic in some circles, like this one. It is one of the big three in 1 Corinthians 13, i.e. faith, hope, and love. It is something we need to see God. Depending on the translation you consult the word “faith” occurs somewhere between 247 and 274 times in the Bible. It will not surprise you then when I say it is a word with many variations in meaning. This Sunday we are looking at faith from the perspective of the writer of Hebrews.
Hebrews 11 is colloquially referred to as “The Faith Chapter” and if you read it you will see why, according to the internet there are twenty-eight instances of the word “faith” in the chapter in the New International Version. But what kind of faith is being discussed here? Is it that saving kind of faith? Not really. So what kind of faith is it?
When we look at the stories of the people in Hebrews 11 what we see are people who were moving toward something they could neither see and touch at the moment, nor could they logically see it coming. Noah could not have “logic-ed” his way to a flood and the need of an ark. Abraham and Sarah could not have “logic-ed” themselves to having a baby in advanced old age; logic and physiology would lead them to the opposite conclusion. The faith of Hebrews 11 is the faith to keep going regardless of what seems sensible, and perhaps even what seems rational, because God has revealed a need for you to move forward. It is faith in God moving these people forward, not signposts attesting to the sensibleness of their actions, because for some of them, there were never any signposts at all.
Give one or both of these a listen and let me know if you think I got it right, or if I got it wrong, I’m interested either way.