Sunday, May 22
I don’t know how many times I’ve read Heb. 11, what we call the “faith chapter,” but I just learned that there’s a verse two and a verse three in it. It’s as though I had never read those two verses before, that God inserted them into the chapter when I wasn’t looking. How could I be so blind? Heb. 11:1-3. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” Here is the core truth of the chapter. So let’s take a closer look at these verses. Verse one is a definition of faith. I couldn’t define it any better, so will not try. The second verse tells us why the saints mentioned later are to be commended. They exhibited the faith that is spoken of in verse one. Verse three gets current saints involved. The “we” sets it apart from those that follow, but makes the recipients of the letter a part of the litany of saints enumerated later. Verse three also reveals the starting point for exercising faith, creation, which is the first revealed truth in the Bible and a good starting point. OK, so I’m blind. But who was it that said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?