More Examples of Faith

And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect. (Hebrews 11:32-40, NRSV)

There are so many we lift high in the bible that are pillars of our faith. They help see the wonderful things God can do through the life of one who follows after God.

And all of those lifted up in Hebrews chapter 11 are there not because they always got everything right, and they did what God wants us to do all the time. If you think that I suggest you read the Hebrew Scriptures again, especially on Moses, Abraham, Gideon, Samson, and especially David. They were not role models we would want for our kids, and yet they are the pillars of our faith, why?

Because they ultimately had faith in God and trusted in the promises. They were not perfect but they perfectly trusted in God!

Published by asacredrebel

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2 thoughts on “More Examples of Faith

  1. Wow. “Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection.” I forgot this was there. What does the author mean by resurrection here?

    1. My understanding is the life after death with Christ. What we all wait for. Not sure if there is a secondary meaning as well. I don’t think there is…

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