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Faithfulness

Faithfulness

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

First note what is necessary to please the Father–Faith. The apostle does not indicate works, deeds, acts of service, or anything else we could muster on our own accord, rather he focuses on the necessity of trust and reliance upon the person and character of God. Next, as the apostle begins to flesh this first statement out, he uses a fascinating word that I am honestly quite shocked that no translator seems to have caught! He uses the word εἰμί (eimi), I exist, I am, to be, or being. This the same word used in the gospels for Jesus' famous, "I am" statements, and it is the Greek equivalent to the divine name revealed in the OT to Moses. In Hebrew it means the One who was, is, and will be, the self-existent One, the One who has been and will always be.

A literal rendering of this line may help us understand the author's intent, "for it behooves him who is coming to God to trust that He is, and to those seeking Him He becomes their continual rewarder." The author is a Jew speaking to Jews and it would seem obvious that by invoking the Greek equivalent of Yaweh, that the author is using a form of remez, utilizing a keyword or phrase in order to jog the memory of the listeners and cause them to think of a particular instance in the Hebrew Bible. The author seeks to remind his audience of the faithfulness of God displayed in the exodus. Thus, encouraging his readers that "I AM" is faithful and demonstrates this faithfulness by taking His place in the lives of those who seek Him as their rewarder. As one who continually acts on their behalf, honoring their pursuit of Him with expressions of divine faithfulness.

Faith is not demanded by God, rather it pleases God. God rewards our faith with His own faithfulness. Faith is precious in the sight of God because faith is intimate, vulnerable, and risky. Faith reveals a heart that is willing to lean into the goodness of God, depending on that goodness. God is a person, a Father, and nothing pleases Him more than when His kids choose to trust Him!

We do not believe in some distant impersonal deity floating off in the sky, rather we believe in the One who is, the ever faithful One, the One who has committed Himself to us by blood and who desires we relate to Him as our Father. My friends will you choose to trust Him today? Will you choose to rely on His faithfulness? No matter what you are going through, or where you are, God wants to be a faithful Father to you in that place!

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