Historical Foundations For Faith pt. 2

blessings3In the previous blog we looked at three of the five foundations that Israel had for trusting God. This blog will explore the last two.

4. God revealed the full nature His holiness when He gave the law of Mount Sanai.

Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments: And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant: – Nehemiah 9:13-14

God never intended the law to be a recipe on how to get to heaven. The law gives knowledge of sin by comparing our behavior to the holiness of God (Romans 3:20).

However, the law does give us the pattern of holiness that we should seek to copy in our lives.  We do this in thankfulness because Jesus Christ did fulfill the law. And His righteousness is counted to us by the mercy of God!

5. God provided for the daily needs of His people in the wilderness.

And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them. – Nehemiah 9:15

God will not forsake the physical or spiritual needs of His people (Matthew 6:33).

We have Jesus’ own words telling us that He is the source of life for us just like He was for Israel in the wilderness.

I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. – John 6:48-51

And Paul tells us:

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. – I Corinthians 10:4

We do not have to blindly take a leap of faith in order to trust God.  That concept is foreign to the Bible. We may not understand everything, and that is why we need faith to trust God. However, we also have the word of God showing us why we should trust Him. We should trust Him because He is faithful to Himself and has promised Himself that He would have mercy on us and save us.

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