HEBREWS ELEVEN (part five)
We are going to take a look at the records spoken about in Hebrews chapter eleven verses twenty
through twenty-two. These three men were pillars of believing in their walk with God. We tend to think
of these men as so great that we could not attain in our lives what they were able to do in theirs. But,
this is not so! These men were great, but, the reason they were great was that they believed God and
walked on the revelation they received. We, too, can do this! We have more, spiritually than they did.
We have more promises to us than they did. We have the revelation of God’s Word to walk on AND we
can so develop the new man, the Christ within we can have a relationship with God, a relationship of a
child with a heavenly loving father. This is what Hebrews chapter eleven is showing us. It is a chapter
filled with people who believed and as we study them we, in turn, learn how they believed so that we
learn to believe as well.
Hebrews 11:20 (KJV)
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
Genesis 27:6-40 (KJV)
6 And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy
7 Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD
before my death.
8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.
9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them
savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:
10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his
11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a
12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a
curse upon me, and not a blessing.
13 And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go
fetch me them.
14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury
meat, such as his father loved.
15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house,
and put them upon Jacob her younger son:
16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:
17 And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her
18 And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my
19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest
me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.
20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said,Because the LORD thy God brought it to me.
21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou
be my very son Esau or not.
22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s
voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he
24 And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.
25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless
thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine, and he drank.
26 And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.
27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him,
and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed:
28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn
29 Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy
mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that
30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet
scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his
31 And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father,
Let my father arise, and eat of his son’s venison, that thy soul may bless me.
32 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn
33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and
brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he
shall be blessed.
34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry,
and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.
35 And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.
36 And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he
took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast
thou not reserved a blessing for me?
37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his
brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and
what shall I do now unto thee, my son?
38 And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also,
O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.
39 And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of
the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;
40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when
thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.The words “by faith” which we know by now is believing does not mean he “hoped” no, no, no. When it
says “by believing” it means “by believing!” Isaac believed that God had given him the authority to
confer on Jacob and on Esau not his own thought up blessing, but, the blessing of God by revelation!
Hebrews 11:21 (KJV)
21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon
the top of his staff.
Genesis 48:1-20 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he
took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
2 And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel
strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
3 And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan,
and blessed me,
4 And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a
multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.
5 And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt
before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
6 And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the
name of their brethren in their inheritance.
7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way,
when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of
Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem.
8 And Israel beheld Joseph’s sons, and said, Who are these?
9 And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And
he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.
10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near
unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them.
11 And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me
also thy seed.
12 And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to
13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and
Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him.
14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the
younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh
was the firstborn.
15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk,
the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,
16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on
them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the
midst of the earth.
17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it
displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head untoManasseh’s head.
18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand
upon his head.
19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people,
and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed
shall become a multitude of nations.
20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as
Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
Hebrews 11:22 (KJV)
22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave
commandment concerning his bones.
Genesis 50:22-26 (KJV)
22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father’s house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten
23 And Joseph saw Ephraim’s children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the
son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph’s knees.
24 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of
this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye
shall carry up my bones from hence.
26 So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put
in a coffin in Egypt.
How did Joseph know that the Children of Israel would leave Egypt? God told him by “revelation.” Isaac
had a relationship with God. Jacob had a relationship with God. Joseph had a relationship with God.
These men are examples for us. We are to have a relationship with God. They were servants of God we
are sons of God. They had a portion of spirit upon them. We have the spirit of God in Christ in us. The
works that Jesus Christ did and greater we can do because he accomplished our redemption and sat
down at the right hand of God. The key to this, the example of this, is right here in Hebrews chapter
eleven and that example is the example of believing.