Heb 11:22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
This verse brings us to an end of a 6 verse section of Hebrews (Heb 11:17-22) that spoke of four generations of patriarchs that had trusted in the Lord. In each generation these men had lived lives that exhibited their great faith in the future fulfillment of the promises of God :
- Abraham trusted that God would keep the Abrahamic covenant, this faith enabled him to be willing to sacrifice his son Isaac Vs 17-19
- Isaac showed his trust in the fulfillment of the promises of God by handing them down to his sons, Jacob and Esau. Vs 20
- Jacob’s faith in God’s covenant was shown by blessing his grandsons upon his death bed. Vs 21
- Finally, in our text today, we see Joseph’s belief in the future deliverance of Israel from Egyptian captivity, told others of the promise and gave instructions on how his bones should be delivered back to the promised land following Israel’s release. Vs 22
Four generations of men who trusted in the promises of God, being handed down from generation to generation. Are we handing down God’s promises to the future generations? Are we displaying our faith to our loved ones through our words and actions?
Folks, words are cheap and our children can see through our words. By living Godly lives we give our faith life, meaning and importance to our loved ones and all those around us. May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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