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Friday, March 10, 2017

Hebrews 11:13, 15 KJV
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them , and embraced them , and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. [15] And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

Our Faith progenitors demonstrated amazing persistence in their walk with God. They held on to the promises of God all through their lives.

Just as Madame Tussaud’s HALL OF FAME down Marylebone Road,  London boasts a vast gallery of famous people statues and paintings, if you’ll only take a walk through God’s Hebrews 11 HALL OF FAITH, you’ll meet the heroes of faith on display.

At the entrance and to the right are the 3 Hebrew guys that refused to skip on God even when threatened by death in a fiery furnace. There, in the far corner under a spotlight, is Daniel standing with an animated expression on his face as he cogitated.

Don’t miss beautiful Ruth by the door marked “Exit”.  Watch her long slender arms gesture as she conversed with King David’s Mother. Her long elegant neck emits sparkles from the diamond encrusted Gold necklace given to her as a love gift by her dark handsome hubby Boaz. Every now and then, He stole a glance her way as he talked with the Apostle Paul and Timothy.  Ah, so that’s the rugged Apostle Paul!! He looks quite smallish for the mighty things credited to him. Timothy is very respectful. He just listened to but never interrupted the older saints.

Sudden a movement catches the eye as Queen Esther stretched forth her right hand to affectionately touch the beard covered face of Mordecai. King Solomon waits quietly for Mordecai to finish the story of Haman’s reversed evil plot against the Jews.

At the table behind them are Enoch, Elijah, Moses and Jeremiah in light banter with John the Baptist and Jephthah. A handsome princely looking figure stands observing all this quietly. His name is Joseph.

Joshua and Apostle Peter are in a game of ” Guess the activity on earth now” against Rahab (Ex harlot turned Saint) and Lydia the purple seller from Thyatira. Apostle John smiles lovingly as he looks on, while Thomas doubted Rahab’s last answer.

In the center of the extremely large Hall, King David was trying out a new stringed instrument called “Guitar”. “It’s wonderful” he baritoned even as Miriam tried dancing to the amateurish play of David.

So much to see, much more than the eyes can take in. But notice one thing they all had in common? Behind everyone’s vest are emblazoned the words “DELIVERED BY FAITH” in bold gold letters.

While you ponder that, you suddenly remember that you are actually in the Hall of Faith even as Jesus beckons to Noah, Shem and Judah to come closer, right on their heels are Epaphroditus and Trophimus , dragging along Philemon and Onesimus.

These people endured in Faith because they were PERSUADED by what they saw by the seeing of faith and it was so strong they could not draw back.

As you are about to leave the hall by the south door, you notice Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca and Elisha beckoning to you. Curiously you walk up to them wondering what it’s all about. They smile kindly at you as Abraham takes you by the hand and in an authoritative voice that will not be disobeyed said, “follow me”.  As you pass by Uncle Lot, he doesn’t say a lot.

Abraham stops at another section of the well lit hall. There’s a gold colored chair there with no one on it. “Look at the name on the chair” Abraham instructs. As you lean forward to read,  you are shocked to find YOUR NAME WRITTEN ON THE CHAIR with the words “ARRIVING SOON, SOMEDAY” written directly under your name.

At once, everyone in the Hall start applauding as they turn to wave their good byes to you. They shout in one voice “We are all waiting for you”.

How are you exercising your Faith today? A place awaits you in Yahweh’s Hall of Faith alongside Abraham and all those Heroes of Faith. Will you leave that chair reserved for you empty or will the next generation see you seated on that chair?

Selah!!!

Shalom beloved.
Ken Okotcha

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