Hebrews 11:35

“Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release so that they might rise again to a better life.” This reference sounds as much like the New Testament as it does the Old. I’m sure we will have no difficulty finding the references whichever way we look. God is the […]

Hebrews 11:34

“…quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.” Talk about tales of adventure. The Old Testament is filled with mighty men and women as real as any in history. The major difference in these characters is that […]

Hebrews 11:33

“—who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,” Here we have a litany of the known results of faith. It will go on through several verses because the number of faith saving events in the Bible is almost like the sands of the sea and stars of the heavens. […]

Hebrews 11:32

“And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—“ The Old Testament is a very large book, and its pages are full of people who believed God to the point of obeying Him even when the future was earthly […]

Hebrews 11:31

“By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.” Like many stories in the Bible, there is a lot we don’t know about this one. What was it about Rahab that led God to entrust His people to her? Would we […]

Hebrews 11:30

“By faith the walls of Jerico fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.” This is a well known Biblical story that has launched all sorts of scientific inquires as to the possible cause of a huge city wall falling down. The truth, of course, is that it wasn’t an earthquake of immense […]

Hebrews 11:29

“By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same were drowned.” Salvation by an act of God is not popular today. People would rather have things happen by chance or fate than see God intervein. To so many unbelievers today, they either […]

Hebrews 11:28

“By faith, he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.” There is so much about this story that requires deep faith. Hardly anything about it related to experience. The Death Angel, who would single out the firstborn of each household, would seem like something […]

Hebrews 11:27

“By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.” It is possible that the reference to leaving Egypt involves the Exodus rather than his personal escape into the wilderness. Notice the connection here. In both cases, there is a death and […]

Hebrews 11:26

“He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.” This verse gives us an inner look at the Hebrews authors concept of the promised Messiah. Like many, he sees Christ from the very beginning. This would mean that all future blessings would be tied […]