God’s Words Immortal
Study of the word
Passage 3 Lesson 1
But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
forever and ever.
In this series of lessons there are four important key words that will be laid open to fuller meaning and explained through scriptural reference.
The first is trust: to depend on; to put one’s confidence in; A confident hope; Belief.
Instances of such dependency and confidence and beliefs can be summed up in another word faith: Faith is always active: It is a commitment of both mind and heart,
God’s Word is replete with examples of his children who respond to him with complete dependency, confidence, belief, and active commitment of heart and mind.
Noah responded to God’s unusual request to build a hulking large boat on dry land, with no way to get it to the water. Noah believed God would find a way for his family and two of every living creature to enter the boat.
Noah among all inhabitants of the earth was found to have just the right amount of trust, dependency, confidence and faith in God to respond to such a bizarre request. He suffered ridicule, scoffing, sneering, contempt, and much more from his neighbors and other citizens of the area.
However his strong tie to God enabled Noah to forge ahead. While others found him to be a fool. Noah was confident that God would never humiliate him and his family or request he and them to do something this bazaar without following through on his promise. Noah knew for certain God could not lie. If God said this was his means of salvation Noah trusted God to be faithful and stand true to his word.
Christian people and non believers alike who grasp the scripture message; can trace in one way or another, their roots of faith, back to a man of god Promised on oath and through covenant, that he would be the father of nations, kings, and in his lineage would be a heavenly eternal king.
Abraham abandoned his father’s land to obey God’s direct request and promise of a better land.
Years later Abraham indeed had extensive possessions, lands, slaves and blessings yet at the age of 85 he had yet to have an heir of his own. In desperation he accepts his wife Sarah’s concubine and fathers a child through her.
Fifteen years later God renews his covenant to Abraham and finally a son is born to Sarah.
God allows Isaac to grow to a healthy adolescent boy and then tests Abraham’s commitment yet again by commanding him to sacrifice his son as a burnt offering.
Abraham has to be stopped just before slaying his son with his knife. Abraham is then rewarded by Gods pledge and sworn oath by himself (there is no greater name by which God could swear than by his own.) that he would make Abrahams descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore.
David as a mere boy accepts the challenge of a nine foot giant when grown battle hardened men shirked into hiding from such fate.
David was shocked by the terror and lack of faith of his brothers and their fellow soldiers.
David asked some of the soldiers, who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of God? Goliath had been challenging the army of Israel morning and evening for forty days.
David gains the ear of King Saul and says, “let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” David convinces Saul That God preserved him from lions and bears and is able to give him victory over a giant.
David’s approach to the giant shows his trust, conviction, confidence, belief and commitment to his God.
“I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give all of you into our hands.”
This is the kind of trust God is looking for and willing to acknowledge from us today. How many giants do you face? How many times have you been tested?
How much ridicule and jesting and sneering have you faced for your faith in God?
John 16: 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
Isaiah 26:44 Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal
Other Instances of trust. (faith).
1. INSTANCES OF » Jacob, in blessing Joseph’s sons (Hebrews 11:21)
2. INSTANCES OF » Joseph, concerning God’s providence in his being sold into Egypt, and the final deliverance of Israel (Genesis 50:20; Hebrews 11:22)
3. INSTANCES OF » Jochebed, in caring for Moses (Exodus 2:2; Hebrews 11:23)
4. INSTANCES OF » Pharaoh’s servants, who obeyed the Lord (Exodus 9:20)
5. INSTANCES OF » In espousing the cause of his people (Hebrews 11:24-28)
6. INSTANCES OF » At the death of Korah (Numbers 16:28,29)
7. INSTANCES OF » When Aaron declared the mission of himself and Moses (Exodus 4:31)
8. INSTANCES OF » In the battle with the Canaanites (1 Chronicles 5:20)
9. INSTANCES OF » And other conquests (1 Chronicles 13:8-18)
10. INSTANCES OF » See MIRACLES OF MOSES
11. INSTANCES OF » Caleb, in advising to take the land of promise (Numbers 13:30;14:6-9)
12. INSTANCES OF » Rahab, in hospitality to the spies (Joshua 2:9,11; Hebrews 11:31)
13. INSTANCES OF » The spies, sent to reconnoiter Jericho (Joshua 2:24)
14. INSTANCES OF » Conquest of Jericho (Joshua 6)
15. INSTANCES OF » Manoah’s wife (Judges 13:23)
16. INSTANCES OF » Hannah (1 Samuel 1)
17. INSTANCES OF » Jonathan, in stricking down the Philistines (1 Samuel 14:6)
18. INSTANCES OF » David, in striking down Goliath (1 Samuel 17:37,46,47)
19. INSTANCES OF » In choosing to fall into the hands of the Almighty for his punishment for counting the people of Israel (1 Samuel 24:14)
20. INSTANCES OF » In believing God’s promise, that his kingdom would be a perpetual kingdom (Acts 2:30)