Hebrews 12:1

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” We are in a contest and in the contest the winner receives a prize. We are not […]

Hebrews 11:40

“…since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us, they should not be made perfect.” All the people of faith, from the beginning to the end, will receive the same reward at the same time. Would it have been fair to reward Noah or Moses with something less perfect than the ultimate […]

Hebrews 11:39

“And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised.” Does this seem unfair to you? As you read the chapter and relive the great trials of their faith, it seems odd that they still have not received the promise. We can only conclude that God has withheld the promise for […]

Hebrews 11: 38

“…of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.” Kings and prophets, shepherds, and widows, all who chose God over the rulers of darkness paid a price for their faithfulness. And, their faithfulness won them great victories. Regardless of how it appears on earth, […]

Hebrews 11:36, 37

“Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—” The people who truly believed in God and in His promise persevered through all manner of difficulties. The prize […]

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 […]