The Faith Hall of Fame
Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 19-21; Hebrews 11
Today’s Key Passage – Hebrews 11:32-40
It is easy to understand why Hebrews 11 is often referred to as the faith hall of fame. After all, some of the greatest names from the Old Testament are listed in this chapter as examples of people living by faith. The chapter begins with a perfect definition of faith, which is, “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Vs. 1) The author continues with a list of people with great faith. Abel offered God a pleasing sacrifice of a blood animal. (Vs. 4) Enoch walked with God and was immediately taken up to Heaven. (Vs. 5) Noah built an ark before he saw any rain. (Vs. 7) Abraham left his home at God’s request and set out to an unknown place (Vs. 8), became a father though he was advanced in years (Vs. 11), and offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. (Vs. 17) Isaac blessed his two children’s futures. (Vs. 20) Jacob blessed each of Joseph’s sons. (Vs. 21) Joseph trusted that God would bring His people out of Egypt and wanted his remains taken to the Promised Land. (Vs. 22) Moses chose to be mistreated as a man of God instead of enjoying sinful pleasures. (Vs. 24) Interestingly, even the prostitute Rahab is included in the faith hall of fame because she welcomed the spies in Jericho and believed God would save her. (Vs. 31) Undoubtedly, these are great people who all had great faith.
For most of us, when we read this chapter with all of the greatest people of the Bible listed in front of us, our first thought might be that these people are so much greater than we are. Who am I compared to Moses, Noah, Abraham, or even Rahab? These people all seem bigger than life, and have done so much for our faith and our God. The most interesting part of this entire chapter though, is found in the final two verses. We read, “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” (Vss. 39-40) Believe it or not, as great as all of these men and women were, we actually have more than they did. We have been given something better than any of these people! Each of us today has the opportunity to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. For those of us who are following Him, we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us guiding us as we walk in faith. These truths that so many of us can sometimes take for granted were nothing more than a dream and a hope for the men and women of the Old Testament. Thank God today for His mercy, His forgiveness, and the better plan He has for us.
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