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Hebrews 11:14

Mar 11, 2019   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Hebrews, Hebrews (written), Writings  //  6 Comments

Monday, 11 March 2019

For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. Hebrews 11:14

The word “For” is based upon the words of the previous verses dealing with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is they “who say such things.” This is referring to words such as being a stranger and a sojourner which Abraham declared before the sons of Heth, proclaiming the days of one’s pilgrimage (meaning being one who is on a religious quest to a place of worship) as Jacob did before Pharaoh, and other such utterances.

When people say such things, they “declare plainly.” The word means “to make manifest.” There is an intent in them which is brought forth in the very words they speak. When a Christian says, “This isn’t my home,” it is a manifestation of a desire to be taken to his “real home.” A person who believes that this is his one chance at life would never speak in such a way. Rather, he will be sure to take every opportunity to increase his station in this life in whatever way he feels will be the most beneficial to that station.

However, when one makes it manifest that this is not their final destination, it indicates “that they seek a homeland.” Here the word is patris. It indicates a fatherland, and thus one’s homeland. A person may be in the foreign service, or in a company in a foreign country, for many long years. He may have a house and lots of goods accumulated during that time, but he will still speak of returning home when his service is complete. This is the idea which is spoken of here.

The walk for a believer is one which anticipates a home that he longs to return to. Even if he has never actually been there, he was there in his first father, Adam. As all humans were potentially and seminally in Adam when he was created, there is a connection back to what he experienced. For the believer, there is a desire to go where Adam had been. The child of the person in the foreign service mentioned above may have the same longing to return to his father’s country as his father had. Should the father die, the son may make an appeal to return to the land of his father. This is the idea being conveyed here. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob understood this. Faithful believers in Messiah continue to understand it today.

Life application: It really is a wonderful thing to hear a Christian say, “This ain’t my home.” This is especially so when he is receiving a reward, honor, or is just having a great day. When things are going wrong, or when life is beating you up, it is easy to wish for another home without the difficulties and trials of the moment, but when things are going right and you still can say this – wow! That is true dedication to the promises of the Lord.

When this is the heart’s desire of a faithful believer, and yet difficult times to come, their hope and faith are only increased, not shaken. On the other hand, if a person is happily content to put off the Lord’s coming for another day, then when trials come, the response may be different. Yes, their faith may be strengthened during the trial, but the pressure of the ordeal will certainly be greater than it otherwise would have been. Today, even right now, check out your faith level. Is there anything coming in life that would make you say, “I hope the Lord waits just a little while before coming”? Other than desiring the salvation of another person, there should be nothing more anticipated than the promise of His return. This is exactly why we should be evangelizing at all times.

Keep your eyes on Jesus through the good and the bad, and look for a country of your own in the life to come.

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.” Psalm 95:1

Lord Jesus, fill our souls with a longing for You alone. May nothing ever take our eyes off of You, and may nothing ever divert our thoughts from the glory of Your majesty. How precious to us is the day that You return to take us home! And may that day be soon. Amen.

6 Comments

  • ” For the believer, there is a desire to go where Adam had been.” I never thought of this, but it is so true.The Garden of Eden must have been the most beautiful place in the universe before the fall. It’s no wonder we long to be in a place without sin, a place where Jesus is and a place where we could have fellowship with Him as Adam had when he walked in the cool of the day with God.

    In my country we live under a self imposed curfew. Everyone is at home by 6 pm. There is so much crime, violence, kidnappings and gang warfare. We have lost our freedom; few churches have night services. People have to move in groups if they ever decide to go out for dinner etc. Gone are the days when we used to have ‘tent crusades’ for evangelism. People are attacked even at funerals and wakes.I find myself having to encourage believers a lot of times as they cry out ‘how long’ as people are becoming more and more fearful because perilous times have engulfed this land. I heard on the news last week that the USA has issued a travel advisory/warning to its citizens who wish to visit this country.

    We often have to remind ourselves “to turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”

    I so long for another country, where my true citizenship is, and as Pastor Charlie said in his prayer today May that day be soon’.

    • I’m sorry to read about the condition there. I didn’t realize it was so dangerous. Can’t wait to leave this world.

  • amen. even so , com ,LORD JESUS ! thank you

  • Wow Ruth my heart is sad for you and your country. That was a serious reality slap you shared with us who can’t even begin to fathom what your going through everyday. I thank God everyday for the amazing life style he has blesses us with here in America and pray for those that are on the front lines of persecution around the world. As blessed as we are here in America it is pretty obvious to those that love the lord that this blessing is at an end! Each day we see the wheels of oppression turning in our government, we see the evil and hatred of this country grow, we see the total disrespect for life All life cheered and applauded in the halls of our govenments. Yes we in Americ stand at the door of judgment and it is creaking open right now! But The creaking is just a warning that at any moment it will be thrown open with great force and God help those that are still standing in front of it and have not been taken home with the lord. No this is not our home Amen We have a true home with Jesus and we are going to that home any moment now Amen Amen As I have said before I feel my life here is now an out of body experience and I am just an observer of this world until I am brought home to my real home. Come lord bring us home because the people of this world don’t want to hear the the truth and actively reject it. Lord your promis of bring us home is the only thing keeping is sane in this insane world, come quickly lord come quickly Amen. Hang in there Ruth we are almost home Amen

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends we fly soon

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS , There is no diplomatic immunity in this cruel world for believers in CHRIST. And I’m thankful for it , it reminds me of who I am and what I’m capable of and what kind of world we live in but not of or for . If I am to live , it shall be as a fool for CHRIST, and if I am to die I will do as a fool . Funny how the foolishness frightens the darkness so . The darkness will end . Soon the foolishness the world mocks will bring their mocking to account . Pray that as many as possible will be able to come to faith . The trouble coming will make it nearly impossible to come to faith. Our time is but a short way off and blindingly obvious, how wonderful the faith of Abrahams offspring who’s time was far off and dim with only the promise of the promise . We have blessed assurance , may we never forget that , and may GOD have mercy on us in all things . Bless you all , I love you .

    • No dipolmatic immunity. Well said. And in fact, we get it worse at times for being Christ’s ambassadors. Bring it on.

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