FOUNDATION (Hebrews 11:11-12, 17-19)

HEBREWS 11:11-12, 17-19



The lives of Abraham and Sarah provide a remarkable testimony of God’s ability to keep His promises:

Hebrews 11:11-12, 17-19
“By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.  Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.”


At one point God put forth the rhetorical question, “Is anything too hard for me?” (Gen. 18:14). Sarah learned experientially that nothing is impossible for the Lord. 


After living in the Land of Promise for 25 years, God made it possible for Sarah—the 90-year-old wife of a 100-year-old man—to give birth to the son He had promised!


More than a decade later, Abraham faced the ultimate test of his faith. 


Isaac Bears the Wood for the Sacrifice.

God asked Abraham to sacrifice the very son born through Sarah—the promised son of the covenant.  On the surface, the command didn’t make sense; yet, in the most difficult test of Abraham’s faith, God proved He could be implicitly trusted; He provided a ram in Isaac’s place as a sacrifice (Gen. 22:1-13).

Both situations presented as impossible scenarios, but God intervened with solutions that fulfilled His covenant promises while demonstrating His limitless power over the laws of nature.

What may seem impossible to us as finite human beings is completely within the realm of possibilities for the infinite God of creation for, “with God all things are possible” (Mt. 19:26)!


1) Bible opened to Isaiah. By Ken Horn, [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) Isaac Bears the Wood for the Sacrifice, (c. 1896-1902). By James Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836-1902), [PD-US, PD-Art], from the Jewish Museum, via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only.  Repost/Reprint with permission from the author.  Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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