Hebrews 11:2-5,7-40
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By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, giving Jacob the birthright rather than the elder Esau. This was a
matter of prophecy, and the will of God.

(Genesis 27:1-40)

(Romans 9:10-13) And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by
our father Isaac; (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil,
that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that
calleth;)  It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I
loved, but Esau have I hated.  (KJV)

(Hebrews 12:16-17) Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one
morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have
inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he
sought it carefully with tears.  (KJV)

By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and
worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

(Genesis 48:1-22)

By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children
of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

(Genesis 50:22-26; Exodus 13:19)

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents,
because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the
king's commandment. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to
be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction
with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt:
for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.  By faith he forsook
Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is
invisible. Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest
he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

Moses had grown up in the house of Pharaoh as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He had all the
riches and benefits of the Egyptian nation at his disposal, yet he chose to be with the people of
God when he slew the Egyptian who was mistreating a Hebrew. He left Egypt, fleeing to Midian;
and there saw the burning bush. God and the people of God were more important to him than all
the riches of Egypt; for he knew that the riches of Egypt were fleeting, but the treasures of the
blessings of God were eternal.

Moses had faith in the word of God that those who placed the blood over and beside their doors
would not have the firstborn destroyed with the rest of Egypt. His and the nation of Israel’s
salvation rested upon God passing over them because of their obedience in faith.

(Acts 7:20-39) In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in
his father's house three months: And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him
up, and nourished him for her own son. And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the
Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. And when he was full forty years old, it
came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. And seeing one of them suffer
wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: For
he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver
them: but they understood not. And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they
strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye
wrong one to another? But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who
made thee a ruler and a judge over us? Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian
yesterday? Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where
he begat two sons. And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the
wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. When Moses saw
it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto
him, Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the
God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold. Then said the Lord to him, Put off
thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground. I have seen, I have
seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am
come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt. This Moses whom
they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a
ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush. He brought
them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red
sea, and in the wilderness forty years. This is that Moses, which said unto the children of
Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me;
him shall ye hear.  This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which
spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give
unto us: To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts
turned back again into Egypt,  (KJV)

By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians
assaying to do were drowned.

Israel had faith that God would hold the water back as there were walls of water on their right and
upon their left. Think of the frightful sight that would present to them. Think how much faith it
would take to walk into the sea. Then think how the faithless Egyptians who followed were
destroyed as those walls collapsed.

(Exodus 13-14)

(Acts 7:36) He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of
Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.  (KJV)

(1 Corinthians 10:1-4) Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all
our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto
Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink
the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that
Rock was Christ.  (KJV)

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about
seven days.

The plan to bring the walls of Jericho down by marching around the city, and then finally blowing
horns and shouting is a little unorthodox militarily. It took faith on the part of Israel – they had to
believe what God said to do would accomplish the job – for the plan to work. Had they not
compassed the city for seven days, it would have not fell. But, God did what He said He would do.

(Joshua 2, 6)

By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she
had received the spies with peace.

Rahab, although a harlot, is said to have acted by faith. What she saw and heard about Israel
must have influenced her to believe in the God of Israel, and to realize that He rewarded His
people for their actions.

(James 2:25) Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had
received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?  (KJV)