The Faith of the Patriarchs
Questions for Study 9
Memory Verses: 11:9
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I. Faith that Believes in God's Promise (8-16)
1. What was Abraham's situation when God called him? (Gen. 11:27- 32; 12:1-4; Joshua 24:2) Describe Abraham's response to God's call as described by the author of Hebrews. (8)
2. On what basis did Abraham obey and go even though he did not know where he was going? (Gen. 12:2,3,7)
3. What enabled Abraham to live in the promise land like a stranger in a foreign country? What did he believe? What does "he lived in tents" imply about the life-style of the patriarchs? What can you learn from their faith?
4. To what promise does verse 11 refer to? What does Abraham's faith, as seen in verses 11 and 12, teach us about faith?
5. What were the unfulfilled promises in verse 13? How could these aliens and strangers endure in a foreign land? What was their hope? (13-15)
6. Why is God not ashamed to be called their God? (16)
II. Faith that Overcomes Death (17-22)
7. In what sense was it so difficult for Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering as God commanded? (Gen. 22:1-2) According to Hebrews 11:17-19, how did Abraham overcome the seemingly total contradiction between God's promises and his commands? (17, 19)
8. How did Isaac and Jacob each plant hope in the hearts of their descendants? (20-21) Explain the meaning and the significance of blessing the descendants.
9. What was Joseph's hope? What instructions did he give about his bones? (Gen. 50:24-26)
10. What hope can we share with the Patriarchs? How can we be certain of our hope?