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Faith and Courage (Hebrews 11:30-31)

July 1, 2018 Pastor: Ben Muresan Series: Hebrews: Christ Is Superior

Topic: Hebrews Scripture: Hebrews 11:30–31

Please Note: Technical issues with our sound system prevented sermon recording.

First Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1-17; Romans 13:8-10

Second Scripture Reading: Joshua 5:13 - 6:27

Sermon Text: Hebrews 11:30-31

Israel’s conquest of Jericho was by faith because, humanly speaking, the city was impenetrable, especially by a rag-tag bunch of former Israelite slaves. Jericho had shut the gate and was so completely closed to the Israelites that no one could go out or in (Joshua 6:1). And yet what seemed like an impossible situation was set up by God to demonstrate his power. We read that the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor” (Joshua 6:2).

Even the method that God instructed Israel to use against Jericho emphasized God’s power and not their own. Jericho’s thick walls did not fall to battering rams, but to the marching and shouting of God’s people. The method that seemed strange and foolish in the eyes of the world revealed that the “overwhelming power comes from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4:7). This power is most wonderfully displayed in the cross of Christ, which is “folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (1 Corinthians 1:18). Why does God choose to use such seemingly weak and foolish methods? In order to shame those who are self-reliant and self-righteous, so that no human being might boast in his presence. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:25).