Genesis in Hebrews

Because Hebrews was written to the Jewish Christian, it connects Jesus to Jewish history in the Old Testament. It applies Genesis as a foundational teaching in Hebrews 11-12.

These Christians were under a great deal of persecution and suffering from the traditional Jewish people, those who previously had been family, friends, and neighbors…even to the plundering of their goods. They are encouraged in chapter 10, verses 34-38, “knowing that you have a better and enduring possession for yourselves in heaven, therefore do not cast away your confidence which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tary. Now, the just will live by faith, but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in Him.” This applies to all Christians, especially those in the last days before Jesus comes again!

So, what does enduring faith look like? Chapters 11-12 show us by having us look at the lives of the patriarchs in Genesis. Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance (assurance) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it, the elders obtained a good testimony.” Then, in chapter 11, we continue reading about Abel all the way through the prophets of Israel! Ending with verses 39-40, “And all of these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise. God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.” They endured in faith without seeing the promise fulfilled in Jesus. We must do the same.

Therefore in chapter 12, we are encouraged to set aside sin and run a faithful race with endurance, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, even if we do not witness total fulfillment in this life. Trust Jesus to keep His Word! Endure with Jesus, who has provided our new covenant promise of salvation relationship with God, and eternal life with Him! He is faithful! Endure with love, faith, hope, and peace that passes the understanding of the world! Knowing that Jesus is ever present with us!

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