Yesterday, the last thing we read was "'But my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.' But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls." (Hebrews 10:38-39) Then today the first thing we read is the Israelites saying, "Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?" (Numbers 14:3) Later in Numbers 14:43, Moses tells the Israelites "Because you have turned back from following the LORD, the LORD will not be with you." Do you think the writer of Hebrews knew Numbers 14 very well?
We have noted that Hebrews is warning the Jews who have accepted Jesus as the Messiah to not return to the old covenant of the Law of Moses but to continue in faith in Christ Jesus. In 1 Corinthians 10:6-11, Paul reminds us these events are examples for us, written for our instruction. Jesus warned against turning back in Luke 9:62.
I know warnings are important to all children, but so is encouragement. So today after reading Numbers, Psalm, and Isaiah, I rejoiced when I got to Hebrews 11. As a believer, do you read this chapter as your family tree? You should because they are! Do you see yourself as a descendant of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah and the rest of those faithful in this passage? You should because you are!
My father came from a large family with 11 children. When I was young, his family had a reunion every summer. I always looked forward to those times. It was so much fun. There was such love and acceptance from this group of people I rarely saw. It was not until I was older that I realized the reason I was so accepted was because of my father.
Can you imagine the family reunion with those mentioned in Hebrews 11? Our acceptance on that great day will be because of our Father.
Father, thank You for the encouragement of these men and women of faith. Thank You for the gift of faith You gave me when You included me in Your family. I am looking forward to Your family reunion. Jesus, it is only because of You this gathering will occur. I join my voice with my brothers and sisters and say, "Come, Lord Jesus come."