1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
In these chapters, we are reminded that ancient prophets taught of Jesus Christ. The ordinances performed in the traveling temples, or tabernacles by the Israelites were symbolic of the atonement of Jesus Christ. The ordinances we perform in the church today also point us to Jesus Christ.
In Hebrews 11 it tells how the faith of the prophets from the time of Adam down to Jesus Christ brought about miracles. Noah had faith and built an ark to save his family from the flood. Abraham had so much faith that he was willing to sacrifice Isaac, and the Lord blessed him and his posterity. Moses had faith to leave the house of Pharaoh where he was raised and lead his people out of bondage, and the Red Sea was parted for him and his people. Do you know other people (in the scriptures, in your family, or in your community) who are examples of faith?
“We read of the unchangeable Lord in the holy scriptures. In the Bible… the Old Testament prophets from Adam to Malachi are testifying of the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ was the God of the Old Testament, and it was He who conversed with Abraham and Moses. It was He who inspired Isaiah and Jeremiah; it was He who foretold through those chosen men the happenings of the future, even to the latest day and hour.” President Spencer W. Kimball
Can you name some of the ordinances of the church? How do they point you to Jesus Christ? (Discuss ideas)
Did prophets teach of Jesus Christ before He was born? (Yes, he is Jehovah and the Messiah of the Old Testament)
What is faith? (Discuss ideas).
How can you show your faith in Jesus Christ? (Discuss ideas)
How have you been blessed because of your faith? (Discuss ideas)
Act out stories from the Bible and have your family guess which story you are acting out. Then talk about how that person showed faith and the blessings they experienced because of their faith.
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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