Walking In Faith – Daddy-Ken A. Bitere
Welcome to our new series for the Month of April with the title: Walking In Faith.
The first appearance of faith in the bible was in the old testament Deuteronomy 32:20,where faith is translated from the word EMUN. From EMUN, the word EMUNAH emerged, and both words represents faithfulness. The word EMUNAH was derived from the Hebrew word AMAN, that is, to confirm, to affirm, to agree with, to stick with, or to stay with.
The above suggests that faith in the old testament was a sign that there was an agreement with someone on a particular subject and for the sake of the agreement, both parties were bound to be faithful to the terms.
The old testament people knew about Jesus, because the prophets and writers prophesied and wrote about Him (1 Peter 1:9-12, Luke 24:25-27, 2 Timothy 3:15-16), but they knew Him in symbols and representations. Things were used to represent Jesus, thus, they knew Jesus in shadows, imageries etc. They believed in Jesus through things and that was all they settled for, hoping that sometime in the future, that which they believed would become evident, clear or real…. (Hebrews 11:1). Jesus was the only one who could validate the faith of the old testament believers. They believed in Jesus on promissory note because they were yet to see Him. Unfortunately, they did not see Him. Although the things which they believed Him for, happened, one very important thing they never experienced was SALVATION Hebrews 11:39-40. The Hebrew word for Salvation is jesha or jeshua which speaks of a person who saves or delivers. The Greek meaning also implies saviour or deliverer from the lexicon soteria which is from the verb sozo, that is, to save. The saviour is soter. This quickly brings to mind the mission of Jesus. The old testament believers’ faith could not be proven or validated as faith, because they did not see the Substance which is Christ. The Word SUBSTANCE in Hebrews 11:1 is translated from the Greek word Hupostasis which means something that makes another thing true or real. That means the only way the Faith of those in the old testament would have become real was for them to have seen Jesus. If faith is the substance, then faith is a person and the person is Jesus. And that was what the old testament people did not know and have. Jesus the Substance is the Faith (Hebrews 11:6, John 14:6). When the Word of God is preached, there is only one content or Person you hear and receive, and that person is Jesus which Romans10:17 describes as Faith. That was what the old testament people had no knowledge of.
Thanks for staying with us. Until we meet again on Wednesday @5pm, do have a blissful week.