Hebrews studies series

 

Hebrews 11:20-29

FAITH THAT WORKS

HEBREWS STUDY #23 – A Complete Study                                                               

 

·        How is faith in everyday things like the light switch and starter on the car practical?

·        Does faith work? Is it practical?  How do you know that it works?

·        What specific things has God done for you that indicate to you that faith really does work?

·        How can our practical faith influence others to that same type of faith?

·        Do you think that Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses were influenced by their parents’ faith? Why?

·        How can you best influence the faith of your children?

 

We like things that work when we try them. That’s practical! Hebrews 11:20-29 shows that “faith works”. It is practical.

FAITH’S OUTLOOK – Vss. 20-23

 

ë    Vs. 20 – What was unique about Isaac’s blessing of Jacob and Esau?             Genesis 27

ë    Who received the better blessing? Why?  Genesis 27:28-29, 39-40

ë    How was the blessing by Isaac an act of faith, even though it didn’t go as Isaac had planned?  Genesis 27:32-33

ë    How is faith important when things don’t go as we have planned?

ë    Vs. 21 – Look at Genesis 48:14-19.  How was this blessing an outlook by faith?

ë    Vs. 22 – Joseph lived in the Promised Land for about 17 years.  He lived in Egypt the rest of his life. Why did he want his bones removed and buried in the Promised Land?

ë    In his heart, do you think Joseph was ever really an Egyptian?

ë    Vs. 23 – Doesn’t every parent think his or her children are beautiful?  What caused his parents to discern Moses’ true beauty?

ë    What was the “king’s commandment”.  Were Moses’ parents right to disobey the king?  Why?

FAITH’S OBSTINACY – Vss. 24-27

 

F   Vs. 24 - “The son of Pharaoh’s Daughter” could very well have been an official title. How did Moses secure this title?  Why was it a significant decision to renounce this title?

F   Vs. 25 – Why did Moses turn his back on Pharaoh and his court?

F   Does God ever require us to make a decision similar to the one mentioned in verse 25?  Why?

F   Vs. 26 - Christ had not yet been born. How could Moses possibly esteem his reproach “greater riches than the treasures in Egypt”?

F   What reward was Moses looking for? 

F   What rewards should we be looking for?

FAITH’S OBEDIENCE – Vs. 28

 

R    The word “kept” here means that he instituted the Passover.

R    When did Moses institute the Passover and how was that a step of obedient faith?  Exodus 12

R    What had to be done to be obedient during the Passover?

R    What are some of the steps obedience that God wants us to take today?

FAITH’S OPPORTUNITY – Vs. 29

 

V     God provided a way of escape and the Children of Israel took it. What New Testament principle does that remind you of?  1 Corinthians 10:12-14

V     Actually, according to Exodus 14:10-14, who had the initial faith?

V     What opportunities are available for people of faith?