The Attributes of Faith
Hebrews 11:1-3 (ESV)
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the people of old received their commendation.  By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
The Hebrew Christians, as has been noted before, were tempted to go back to their former ways and practices of Judaism. One reason surfaces in this text of Scripture. Judaism was a religion to behold. The sights, sounds, and smells were breathtaking. Can you imagine the amazement of the worshipper when he entered the temple and saw the shine of gold and silver? It would be astounding to see the size of such a place with every flicker of the candles being reflected a hundred times. Can you imagine the singing and the blasting of the shofar or the smell of the incense rising up and filling the room? All this majesty was almost more than one could take in.
Christianity on the other hand does not have such breathtaking scenes. As far as images go, it really has none, at least none that we can see now. I’ve never once seen the Lord Jesus Christ. I’ve not been allowed into heaven like John was.
The Old Testament worshipper was hindered in the fact that he often began to worship what he saw and not the God it was to represent. In many ways we are much better off. They worshipped by sight, we worship what we can’t see. We’re not distracted by visual images. We worship the Lord by faith. Continue Reading