That which afar off seems oval turns out to be circular, modified by the perspective of distance; that which appears a speck, upon nearer approach becomes a vast body. Our senses deceive us; we begin life with delusion. Now, life is not deception, but illusion. III. Sit not still in despair, O son of toil, but again cast out the floating thread of hopeful endeavour, and the wind of love will bear it to its resting-place.The tent lifeA. It displays, in a peculiar degree, His power, wisdom, and goodness.4. Thus it is between faith and reason. Ur could not give him peace of conscience, could not give him inner Safety. This purpose was to realise the glory and greatness of the object which faith acknowledged. Maclaren, D. D.)A city which hath foundations.The way to the cityA. This city is very strong and stable. Snow. The obedience of faith creates a form of life-which may be safely copied. They give an answer to our wondering inquiries. If you did, you are like Hosea and any others who first used the words of our text. Was it, then, because he had no real estate, no landed property, to which he could lay claim and on which he might reside? A. Alexander, D. D.Abraham, the friend of God and the father of the faithful, was homeless man in a strange country, dwelling in tents like an Arab or a Tartar. The apostle Paul uses Abraham as his prime example of justification by faith alone, apart from works (Romans 4; Gal. These desires were very effectual and working upon his soul, and stirred him to seek this city, and constantly to use all means appointed by God for to attain it; and the whole course of his life was a continued approach towards this eternal rest and glorious estate. Abraham no doubt included this view of the city in his expectations. It should endue us with patience under all the afflictions and trials which it may be ours to suffer.3. III. Though he dwelt in the land, it was as a stranger. This city is all built by God. "Whose Builder," or Architect, "and Maker is God." Genre: Speech. Hebrews 11:8-10 “By Faith We Follow God” 1. We must have no sinister respect in it. The more unsatisfactory you find this world, look the more eagerly and steadfastly on that which is to come.12. Now, suppose a man on pilgrimage going through a number of such cities, and coming at last of purpose to the best. we are also strangers and pilgrims, and our way through the world may be precipitous and rugged, and so long as we look only at the things around us, our hearts may well grow faint and our knees feeble. Oh! First, God’s people were divided and it seemed impossible that they could be united again; second, the population was attracted to alternative lifestyles and were adopting the ideas and practices of the surrounding cultures; and third, those in power were not interested in maintaining God’s laws as the basis of society and there was no concern for the poor and needy, This sermon was preached on 30/10/2011 Hardly any time has passed since Daniel and his friends finished their three-year course in Nebuchadnezzar’s learning establishment. Heaven is a city that stands; the stream of time, the ocean of eternity, as it washes its base, shall in vain attempt to undermine it, for it has foundations that cannot be moved. Was it, then, because he had no real estate, no landed property, to which he could lay claim and on which he might reside? They would give a great many religious services, much money, and some suffering to get there. Assuring us of this future, faith gives songs in present trouble. Believe me, multitudes have looked for that city who have never reached it. summary of the initial meeting between God and Abraham. FAITH DWELLING ON THIS PROSPECT CAN ENDURE THE PRIVATIONS. And so thickly were they settled, in the central part at least, that there was not room for Abraham and Lot to live together. He had a title to it by virtue of God's promise and his qualification; and this was not a mere title, but something more; for there was a time limited in the grant of the full enjoyment, and he had received the first fruits of glory. "Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance." replacement of the revealed knowledge of the true God with the imagined Death will give us a remove out of all towns. "The sufferings of the present time are not worthy," &c.3. Man's affections are but the tabernacles of Canaan — the tents of a night; not permanent habitations even for this life. 1. The kingdom of God was forming in their souls, for ever disappointing them by the unreal, and teaching them that what is spiritual and belongs to mind and character alone can be eternal. One is the way of sentiment; the other is the way of faith. He chose the pilgrim's life, and dwelt in tents rather than inhabit a city on earth.1. The We have our callings, but mediate. They may measure and weigh the heavenly bodies with the lines and balances of their thought; they may analyse those beams of light which are shot down on us, and describe the chemistry of the stars; but after they have said all, and told all they know, there is still no sign of the city. P. What brighter vision can pass before the spirit, when leaving its earthly tabernacle, than the home-city of the faithful, whose Maker and Builder is God?2. But let it be observed that these tribes inhabit the Arabian desert, where cultivation exists only in detached spots, and where the herdsman is obliged to change his pasture-ground and home continually. FAITH DISCERNING ARIGHT THE GLORY OF SPIRITUAL PROMISES, WILL MAKE THE SOUL OF A BELIEVER CONTENTED AND WELL SATISFIED WITH THE SMALLEST PORTION OF EARTHLY ENJOYMENTS, &C. 1. 3. whose antiquity was of ancient days, and whose defence was the munition of rocks. the general call. He must have well known that if the character of the heavenly citizens did not differ from that of the earthly ones, he could neither expect within its walls rest, nor security, nor permanency. The victory, predicted in such glowing terms, turned out to be the victory of submission — the law of our humanity, which wins by gentleness and love. )Abraham's faithJohn Owen, D. D.I. Showing us the possibilities of this future; faith endures present discipline. They cannot win it by strength. Without faith, showing itself by a life-long looking, we have no interest in the place. 1. This is illusion, and this is the painter's art: never for one moment to deceive by attempted imitation, but to produce a mental state in which the feelings are suggested which the natural objects themselves would create. As soon as a tower is erected, it begins to decay. Nature and time wear down all man's works. The presence of God makes all the difference. He could not have both. Sermon Series: Hebrews 11 by Stephen Whitney. There may be differences of character in these hopes; finer spirits may look on life as the arena of successful deeds, the more selfish as a place of personal enjoyment. That sight will make your hearts beat with new vigour. 13. With our affections it is still worse, because they promise more. And what sort of s city did he look for, in contempt of those around him? Heaven is a scene of the most delightful fellowships. We are taught a noble indifference to the accommodation of our pilgrimage.4. Here is a 10 sermon series on Hebrews chapter 11 about walking by faith in the promises of God through the joys and sorrows of life. We must have no sinister respect in it. That which afar off seems oval turns out to be circular, modified by the perspective of distance; that which appears a speck, upon nearer approach becomes a vast body. As soon as a house is finished, it begins to vanish away. The reason given by the apostle for this conduct is expressed in the words, "He looked for a city which hath foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God." The foundations of His structures are laid deep in His decrees, and the cement has been growing hard from all eternity. . W. Robertson, M. THE WAY to the city. What brighter vision can pass before the spirit, when leaving its earthly tabernacle, than the home-city of the faithful, whose Maker and Builder is God? The traveller pressing homewards after a long absence can pass, with a contemptuous smile or absolute unconsciousness, those very objects which the homeless traveller dwells upon with rapture.8. He cloth not say that he believed there was such a city; but he looked for it (Judges 5:28). Society. However well we may be pleased with it, however fully satisfied with what it can afford, we know that our abode in it is only for a time; it is not the place of our rest. your fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Thus we are taught a lesson of co-operation, by giving a ready obedience to the Divine will in the use of means adapted to meet the ends of Christian faith and worship. 7. It is to a being mortal in himself, and dwelling thus amid things, that this grand vision is revealed of "a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God."3. Jan 31, 2021. And after his father died, God removed him From the Architect.9. The faith of Abraham was childlike and humble. These words are added to inform us —(1) That it was so far above the art and power of man, that only God could make it. THE EFFECTS RESULTING FROM THE CONTEMPLATION OF THE HEAVENLY STATE. (Revelation 21:27). It is said that when the caravan of pilgrims to the sepulchre of Christ cross the mountains of Judaea, worn with hunger and fatigue, they are sometimes ready to relax their efforts, and despair of safe arrival. Isaac had a little. Unnumbered times the judgment eagles have gathered together over corruption ripe for condemnation. Thus it would stem that Abraham had a belief in the soul's immortality, by his having an expectation of permanent rest and happiness after death. He lived in God, and on God, and with God. The faith of Abraham was childlike and humble. Thus we are taught a lesson of co-operation, by giving a ready obedience to the Divine will in the use of means adapted to meet the ends of Christian faith and worship. live with God, we have to do it on his terms. a meet dwellingplace for those who have been cleansed and perfected by the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.II. In ancient times the Jews considered Abraham to be almost worthy of their worship. It was a city, therefore, not of this world; for in this world there are no foundations time-proof. It should endue us with patience under all the afflictions and trials which it may be ours to suffer.3. That sight will make your hearts beat with new vigour. There was an immediate response to the command. This non-fulfilment of promise fulfils it in a deeper way. How do these familiar terms fill up for us the dim and vast obscure I They make a home for our wandering thoughts. They cannot open their commission, perhaps, until they have reached a solitary, silent part of the great ocean. If your family interfere with any single duty to God, that family is your world. Hebrews 11:9, 10. But as he made no efforts to enforce those rights, and as he came among them from the East with flocks and herds, and as an independent chieftain, they received him with respect, and this respect increased. The city of which He is the Maker and Builder is eternal; it has foundations which decay can never weaken, and which laugh at the violence of storm and earthquake. Without result indeed they would be, if the conflict ended with their lives and their example perished. 4. All his religion depended on a place, and nature is that man's world. "Abraham, when he was called to go out... went out." 2. THE EFFECTS RESULTING FROM THE CONTEMPLATION OF THE HEAVENLY STATE.1. THE MEANING OF THIS DELUSIVENESS.1. They may measure and weigh the heavenly bodies with the lines and balances of their thought; they may analyse those beams of light which are shot down on us, and describe the chemistry of the stars; but after they have said all, and told all they know, there is still no sign of the city. That sight will make your hearts beat with new vigour. He is known as “The Father Of The Faithful. "We, which are alive, and remain until the coming of our Lord." ” This man is revered by over one-half the world’s population. IX. To transfer our ideas just as they are, without purification or expansion, would be to vulgarise and degrade heaven. However remote from our experience what has hitherto been said of his condition, at last we are alike, we are all sojourners and strangers upon earth, we seek the same city as the patriarch. In the realm of spirit, in the temple of the soul, it is the same. And here it is to be observed —(1) That no man can be a right sojourner on earth who doth not look for a city eternally stable in heaven; for that which most effectually draws the heart of man off from this world is the expectation of a far better estate in the world to come. "Whose Builder is God," that is, in a special sense. In this it differs from all earthly cities, And why is it called a city? become a man of faith, and demanded that he respond to him immediately. There is no trace of such a doctrine in the Word of God, and Abraham was too well grounded in the Divine will to hold it as a superstition. Lifting us unto this future, faith dwarfs present need. to govern an encampment, not a city or a kingdom.5. No test of a man's state could be deeper or truer than this, and therefore it is good and worthy Of God to make faith the condition of salvation, and to give a city of eternal glory for a life-long look.(A. That sight reanimates their courage and renews their strength. A faith which led him in its moral influence to tread only in one path, and that path was Christ. It was not, therefore, on account of any enmity between him and the Canaanites that, instead of founding a great city, he preferred to live a wandering life. Our expectations, resting on revelation, deceive us. It is not a broad way, giving a wide scope to earthly passions, and favouring the selfish ease which knows not the force of the struggle between the downward tendency of the flesh and the upward strivings of the renewed spirit, but it is a narrow way. The kingdom of God was forming in their souls, for ever disappointing them by the unreal, and teaching them that what is spiritual and belongs to mind and character alone can be eternal.(F. details highlight a point worth noting, which is that God uses people that may Abraham was a good and a great man. The distance he might have to travel, the difficulties and dangers he might have to encounter, the scene and circumstances in which his journey would end, he knew not. Moreover, they seemed to involve unfulfilled promise on God's part.II. Primarily the notes are intended for the congregation to refer to and have not been edited. In the same sense, Abraham's city, which he looked for, had foundations — has them now; for observe the present form of the expression. That is often the case with those who become followers of Its walls are too high to be sealed by the wily foe, too firmly built to be beaten down; its gates are too strong to be forced, and He who possesses the keys too wise not to discover a friend from a foe, under whatever disguise, when seeking admittance. (William Bridge. All experience is a correction of life's delusions — a modification, a reversal of the judgment of the senses: and all life is a lesson on the falsehood of appearances.2. Abraham may not have had any mysterious vision of this city as St. John had of the heavenly Jerusalem, described in the twenty-first chapter of the Book of Revelation. Complying with the Divine command, the Divine conduct will never fail us. Its promise is, you shall have a Canaan; it turns out to be a baseless, airy dream — toil and warfare — nothing that we can call our own; not the land of rest, by any means. One of the first prayers I learned to pray was my bedtime prayer. It displays, in a peculiar degree, His power, wisdom, and goodness.4. (James Clason. Again: in another man applause and praise is his world; he lives for this, and has lived for it all his life; every act of his life is governed by what men think of it. The magnificent imagery of Hebrew prophecy had described the advent of the Conqueror; He came — "a root out of a dry ground, with no form or comeliness; and when they saw Him there was no beauty in Him that they should desire Him." Where is the land flowing with milk and honey? second wrong implication is to imagine that the effectual call is separate from This city is very strong and stable. Times innumerable the separation has been made between good and bad. And we "sail under sealed orders"; we all go out "not knowing whither we go."(E. Select options. divine power is seen in conversion, not in anything else. They were bitterly disappointed, and expressed their disappointment loudly enough in their murmurs against Moses, and their rebellion against his successors. Among His children, they are best who best know their Father's mind, and yield to it the gladdest obedience. Select options. It displays, in a peculiar degree, His power, wisdom, and goodness. They who believe that the Jews will be restored to their native land, expect it on the express ground that Canaan has never been actually and permanently theirs. We read that when Abraham first crossed the Jordan from the East, "the Canaanite was in the land." Yet it is evident that the writer of this Epistle intended to teach that he and the other patriarchs expected the fulfillment of the promise of Canaan in something higher than any earthly city. That sight reanimates their courage and renews their strength. And what sort of s city did he look for, in contempt of those around him? Now this feeling of uneasiness, this sense of homelessness, is, as you well know, incompatible with happiness. But let it be observed that these tribes inhabit the Arabian desert, where cultivation exists only in detached spots, and where the herdsman is obliged to change his pasture-ground and home continually. In order to be happy you must have a home, either present or in prospect. Let us not take it on us unless we be some way or other called to it, as Abraham was.(W. idolatry in the way that Abraham’s society was, we are guilty of failing to put Let us thank God for that word — or these: "a country," "a better country, that is, an heavenly." Safety. Abraham, on the other hand, was in a fertile, cultivated, thickly settled country full of proud cities, walled towns of inferior size, and villages innumerable. Browse Sermons on Hebrews 11:8-10. 8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance,obeyed and went,even though he did not know where he was going.9 By faith he made his home in the promised landlike a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents,as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.10 For he was looking forward to the citywith foundations,whose architect and … Howsoever they stand awhile, and we in them; the time shall come when the earth, with all the goodly buildings that be on it, shall be burned with fire. Our natural anticipations deceive us — I say natural in contradistinction to extravagant expectations. In this it differs from all earthly cities, And why is it called a city? And what sort of s city did he look for, in contempt of those around him? What had Abraham to give up?" Will you waste yourselves in misanthropic discontent! He obeyed, notwithstanding the fact that his obedience involved considerable sacrifices. Therefore let us use these cities as we used them not. THE CITY IS DESCRIBED FROM THE STABILITY AND THE BUILDER THEREOF. Its promise is, you shall have a Canaan; it turns out to be a baseless, airy dream — toil and warfare — nothing that we can call our own; not the land of rest, by any means. That is the inquiry of most people, and within proper bounds it is not a wrong question. OBSERVE IT IS A CITY OF DIVINE ORIGIN.1. This is also intimated by the term "foundations." The way to the city is to "look for it," to "expect it." The Saviour Himself had said, "This generation shall not pass till all things be fulfilled." IT IS THE CALL OF GOD ALONE THAT MAKES A DISTINCTION AMONGST MANKIND, AS UNTO FAITH AND OBEDIENCE, WITH ALL THE EFFECTS OF THEM. Its happiness is permanent.3. Times innumerable the separation has been made between good and bad. Where faith enables men to live unto God, as unto their eternal concerns, IT WILL ENABLE THEM TO TRUST UNTO HIM IN ALL THE DIFFICULTIES, dangers, and hazards of this life. (2)Conscious strangeness on earth. Do you ask what path he travelled? A number of weeks ago, I mentioned that there are four times in Abraham’s life that are highlighted in God’s Word in connection to faith. D. D.)A hold upon eternityA. It is designedly put in contrast with those frail and movable structures in which Abraham dwelt during his pilgrimage. Its happiness is permanent.3. So does God lead on, through life's unsatisfying and false reward, ever educating: Canaan first; then the hope of a Redeemer; then the millennial glory.2. 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