[Linux4christians] B7 - Thursday - Hebrews 11
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Wed Apr 25 23:27:18 EDT 2012
People Commended for Their Faith
11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of
what we do not see.
11:2 For by it the people of old received God's commendation.
11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were set in order at God's
command, so that the visible has its origin in the invisible.
11:4 By faith Abel offered God a greater sacrifice than Cain, and
through his faith he was commended as righteous, because God commended
him for his offerings. And through his faith he still speaks, though he
11:5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he did not see death, and he
was not to be found because God took him up. For before his removal he
had been commended as having pleased God.
11:6 Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who
approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who
11:7 By faith Noah, when he was warned about things not yet seen, with
reverent regard constructed an ark for the deliverance of his family.
Through faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the
righteousness that comes by faith.
11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he
would later receive as an inheritance, and he went out without
understanding where he was going.
11:9 By faith he lived as a foreigner in the promised land as though it
were a foreign country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were
fellow heirs of the same promise.
11:10 For he was looking forward to the city with firm foundations,
whose architect and builder is God.
11:11 By faith, even though Sarah herself was barren and he was too old,
he received the ability to procreate, because he regarded the one who
had given the promise to be trustworthy.
11:12 So in fact children were fathered by one man -- and this one as
good as dead -- /like the number of stars in the sky and like the
innumerable grains of sand/ /on the seashore/.
11:13 These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, but
they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that
they were strangers and foreigners on the earth.
11:14 For those who speak in such a way make it clear that they are
seeking a homeland.
11:15 In fact, if they had been thinking of the land that they had left,
they would have had opportunity to return.
11:16 But as it is, they aspire to a better land, that is, a heavenly
one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has
prepared a city for them.
11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He had
received the promises, yet he was ready to offer up his only son.
11:18 God had told him, "/*Through Isaac descendants will carry on your
11:19 and he reasoned that God could even raise him from the dead, and
in a sense he received him back from there.
11:20 By faith also Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning the future.
11:21 By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of
Joseph and /*worshiped as he leaned on his staff*/.
11:22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, mentioned the exodus of
the sons of Israel and gave instructions about his burial.
11:23 By faith, when Moses was born, his parents hid him for three
months, because they saw the child was beautiful and they were not
afraid of the king's edict.
11:24 By faith, when he grew up, Moses refused to be called the son of
11:25 choosing rather to be ill-treated with the people of God than to
enjoy sin's fleeting pleasure.
11:26 He regarded abuse suffered for Christ to be greater wealth than
the treasures of Egypt, for his eyes were fixed on the reward.
11:27 By faith he left Egypt without fearing the king's anger, for he
persevered as though he could see the one who is invisible.
11:28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so
that the one who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them.
11:29 By faith they crossed the Red Sea as if on dry ground, but when
the Egyptians tried it, they were swallowed up.
11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell after the people marched around
them for seven days.
11:31 By faith Rahab the prostitute escaped the destruction of the
disobedient, because she welcomed the spies in peace.
11:32 And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of
Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets.
11:33 Through faith they conquered kingdoms, administered justice,
gained what was promised, shut the mouths of lions,
11:34 quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained
strength in weakness, became mighty in battle, put foreign armies to
11:35 and women received back their dead raised to life. But others were
tortured, not accepting release, to obtain resurrection to a better life.
11:36 And others experienced mocking and flogging, and even chains and
11:37 They were stoned, sawed apart, murdered with the sword; they went
about in sheepskins and goatskins; they were destitute, afflicted,
11:38 (the world was not worthy of them); they wandered in deserts and
mountains and caves and openings in the earth.
11:39 And these all were commended for their faith, yet they did not
receive what was promised.
11:40 For God had provided something better for us, so that they would
be made perfect together with us.
Lord, Your list of faith-models is instructive, the martyrdom of
Christians a sobering testimony to the hate-filled fury of the enemy and
the power of truth to prevail. May I learn from those who have come
before, share their testimonies, and model my commitment after theirs.
Summary & Commentary
Hebrews challenges the reader with a powerful statement "Now faith is
being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see."
The text then sets out to explain and "prove" this through the lives of
In the OT "... people of old received God's commendation". A prime
example is Abraham in Genesis 15:6 "Abram believed the Lord, and the
Lord considered his response of faith proof of genuine loyalty."
"... we understand that the worlds were set in order at God's command,
so that the visible has its origin in the invisible.
"Now without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who
approaches God must believe that He exists and that he rewards those who
"By faith Abel ..."
"By faith Enoch ..."
"By faith Noah ..."
"By faith Abraham ..."
"These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, but they
saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they
were strangers and foreigners on the earth ... they were seeking a
homeland ... a heavenly one"
"By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning the future."
"By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and
worshiped as he leaned on his staff.
By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, mentioned the exodus of the
sons of Israel and gave instructions about his burial."
[Note: Joseph prophesied the Exodus and that his bones should travel
with his people to the Promised Land.]
Hebrews 11 reports the faith that caused Moses' parents to hide him
without fear of Pharaoh, Moses to leave Pharaoh for God's people, and on
through the generations leaders of faith; Joshua, Rahab, Gideon, Barak,
Samson, Jephthah, David, and Samuel. It also describes the deprivation
and suffering and death of the faithful over time.
Hebrews 11 concludes "For God had provided something better for us, so
that they would be made perfect together with us."
The Lord God places great importance on a genuine faith.
How might wedisciple a genuine faith like that which empowered these OT
persons to be used so mightily of the Lord God?
These people of faith recognize the dividing line of value between the
things and faith.
When have you experienceda difficult choice you have made, knowing that
the consequences would likely not be to your temporary benefit here on
earth, but that based on faith you knew to be right before God?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you one place in your life where you have
placed worldly comfort or convenience above faithfulness to God's call.
Today I will study the OT people of faith to prayerfully reflect on how
I may bring more of my life into line with felicity to the call of the
Lord God on me.
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Friday's text will be:
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
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