Hebrews – Ch 11

Thoughts from the text that stand out to me:

Chapter 11:

  • Faith: sure of what we hope for, certain of what we do not see (v1)
  • Faith: we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command (v3)
  • Faith: Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain; he still speaks even though he is dead (v4)
  • Faith: Enoch was taken from this life without dying (v5)
  • Without faith: It is impossible to please God (v6)
  • Faith: Noah built the ark (v7)
  • Faith: Abraham obeyed even when he didn’t know where he was going; became a father past age with countless descendants; offered Isaac as a sacrifice (v8-12, 17-19)
  • These people did not receive the things promised; they only saw them from a distance. They could’ve returned to their life before faith, but they didn’t; instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. (v13-16)
  • Faith: Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau (v20)
  • Faith: Jacob blessed Joseph’s sons (v21)
  • Faith: Joseph spoke of the exodus of the Israelites (v22)
  • Faith: Moses’ parents hid him for 3 months; Moses chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. (v23-28)
  • Faith: Israelites passed through the Red Sea as on dry land (v29)
  • Faith: The walls of Jericho fell (v30)
  • Faith: The prostitute Rahab was not killed with those who were disobedient (v31)
  • “What more shall I say?” Goes on to tell of many who conquered kingdoms, shut the mouths of lions, received back their dead, were tortured, flogged, chained and in prison, stoned, sawed in two, etc. “The world was not worthy of them.” (v32-38)
  • “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised” (v39). No wonder very few people live this way today. We don’t receive immediate gratification from faith.

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