a. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. Instead he should have chosen Jacob, whom God chose. 13 All these people continued to believe God until they died. 3 Because of faith, we understand about how God made the universe. But from that one man came as many descendants as there are stars in the sky. It was a silent witness all those years that Israel was going back to the Promised Land, just as God had said. Hebrews 11:9-10 Looking for Abraham's City -Bibliotheca Sacra 147 (1990) 399-413; EXPLORE THE BIBLE. a. Some of them were hit with whips. Hebrews 11:20. f. Out of weakness were made strong: Among these are Sarah, Gideon, Abraham, Esther, and King Hezekiah. By faith they passed through the Red Sea: The difference between the Israelites crossing the Red Sea and the Egyptians who followed them was not courage, but faith. c.Accounting that God was able: The ancient Greek word translated accounting means just what it sounds like in English. 16 No, they wanted very much to go to a better place, in heaven. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. God having provided something better for us: We are provided something better (seeing and enjoying the completed work of Jesus on our behalf) and therefore have much more reason to hold on to faith, and to not let discouragement and tough times defeat us. Description of the great things which faith (in its widest sense: not here restricted to faith in the Gospel sense) does for us. He realized that he would always be defeated when he tried to resist God’s will, even when he didn’t like it. He did that once, for all time. But instead, he let people insult him. i. “This chapter proves that the saints of all ages are essentially one. It is a term from arithmetic expressing “a decisive and carefully reasoned act.” (Guthrie) This means that Abraham calculated God’s promise worthy of confidence. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. 10 We see that Abraham was waiting to live in God's special place. Therefore he worshiped, demonstrating his faith and dependence on God. Commentary on Hebrews 11:39,40 (Read Hebrews 11:39,40) The world considers that the righteous are not worthy to live in the world, and God declares the world is not worthy of them. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. Hebrews 11:1-3,6-8,13-19,24-26 Exhibit Your Faith; NEWER SERIES. Hebrews 11:1-40.DEFINITION OF THE FAITH JUST SPOKEN OF ( Hebrews 10:39): EXAMPLES FROM THE OLD COVENANT FOR OUR PERSEVERANCE IN FAITH. We may request cookies to be set on your device. a. Lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them: Those who did not share the faith of Moses and obedient Israel found their firstborn sons destroyed at that first Passover. Then the city's walls fell down. But there is not enough time to talk about all of them. c. Trial of mockings: Isaac endured the cruel mocking of Ishmael, and Samson was mocked at the feast of the Philistines. But from this one man there came very many grandchildren. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: Moses’ natural eyes could see the danger from Pharaoh, and he understood the danger in remaining anywhere near Egypt. God had promised to give that country to him, but Abraham lived there in tents. For that reason, God is not ashamed for them to call him their God. The superior *apostle 3:1-4:13. (Hebrews 11:23-28) This Hebrews passage accents the start of each of the three forty-year stages of Moses’ life. (2.) c. After they were encircled for seven days: At Jericho the people of Israel had a patient faith. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. Charitable Incorporated Organisation 1162807, https://www.facebook.com/BibleEasyEnglish/. There is a link which unites them; a thrill which passes from one hand to hand around the circle.” (Meyer). c. Samson: He was used mightily of the Lord to defeat the Philistines. Some think the text was corrupted here and the writer to the Hebrews originally wrote, “branded,” “burnt alive,” “mutilated,” or “strangled.” But for those who know the pain of temptation, it is not unreasonable to think that the writer regarded overcoming temptation as a true triumph of faith. He chose to receive trouble because of God's special Messiah. I should hardly have expected that he would have mentioned the dying scene of Joseph’s life as the most illustrious proof of his faith in God… Does not this tell us, dear brethren and sisters, that we are very poor judges of what God will most delight in?” (Spurgeon), c. By faith Joseph: Joseph’s faith testified for years after his death. k. In dens and caves of the earth: David, Elijah, and prophets under the leadership of Obadiah were all forced to flee and hide in caves. Instead, you will copy the example of those people who continue to trust God. We could even say that is a picture of what really happened. i. And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Sin does have its pleasures; but Moses properly saw them as passing, even if they should last our entire earthly life. They were not afraid to do that. The Bible teaches that he will destroy all things, and make a new earth for his people, and a new heavens for us to observe and explore. (NASB: Lockman)Greek: Estin de pistis elpizomenon upostasis, pragmaton elegchos ou blepomenon. The father continues to speak to the son in verses 11 and 12: 11,12a. You can also change some of your preferences. f. Sawn in two: According to reliable tradition Isaiah was sawn in two and killed. The Hebrews are warned of the sin and danger of unbelief. After that, he sat down at God's right side to rule with him. 2 It was because of their faith that God said good things about the people of long ago. h. Were slain with the sword: Such as the eighty-five priests murdered by Doeg, or the prophets murdered in Elijah’s day. b. Barak: He led the people of Israel in a dramatic victory over the Canaanites (Judges 4). So he offered a better sacrifice to God than Cain did. But he had faith in God, trusting him to do what he promised. Desperate attempts have been made to find some other meaning for the word rendered harlot, but they have been utterly fruitless.” (Spurgeon) Spurgeon described Rahab’s faith like this: b. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac: The verb tense for offered up indicates that as far as Abraham was concerned the sacrifice was complete. God spoke to Moses and gave him the task of leading his people out of bondage. For faith justifies only as it refers to, and depends on, Christ. He thought carefully about what God would give him at a future time. i. “Many of us may never have to brave the fiery stake, nor to bow our necks upon the block, to die as Paul did; but if we have grace enough to be out of weakness made strong, we shall not be left out of the roll of the nobles of faith, and God’s name shall not fail to be glorified in our persons.” (Spurgeon). We must be like people who run in a race.We must throw away everything that stops us from running well. Choosing rather to suffer affliction: This choice had consequences. They received the good things that God had promised. God has made it very strong so that it will be there for ever. He knew that the king would be angry, but Moses was not afraid of him. Heb 11:6 “trust.” Traditionally, the Greek word pistis is translated “faith,” but … H.L. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony\" (Hebrews 11:1-2). Faith is the means of understanding the origin of all that is (11:3). And worshipped, leaning on the top of his staff: Jacob had to lean on the top of his staff because he was given a limp many years before when God confronted him at Peniel (Genesis 32:24-32). d. For seven days: At Jericho the people of Israel had an anticipating faith. a. They continue to be patient when trouble happens to them. He built a large boat to save his family. i. “She was a harlot, a woman that was a sinner, and universally known to be such. i. Clement of Rome, the earliest Christian writer outside of the Bible, was the first the see a symbol of the blood of Jesus in the scarlet cord that Rahab set outside her window (Joshua 2:18). Be sure that, in the end, you will receive all the good things that you hope for. They did not really understand what God was doing, yet they obeyed nonetheless. They are right with God because they trust him. a. The Israelites passed through and the Egyptians were drowned. Aug 17, 1997. 15 They were not thinking about the country that they had left. He thought that was worth more than if he had a lot of money. 11 Abraham and his wife, Sarah, were too old to have children. By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. If one form of temptation had been mentioned, we should have surmised that they did not suffer in other ways, but when the statement is, ‘they were tempted,’ we shall not be wrong in concluding that they were tried in any and every form.” (Spurgeon). c. Obtained promises: Among these we could include Caleb, Gideon, and Barak. Offered up his only begotten son: Though Abraham had another son (Ishmael, the son of his fleshly attempt to fulfill God’s promise), God did not recognize the other son (Genesis 22:1-14) – so Isaac could be called his only begotten son. They saw that he was a very special child. That made them happy. But Abraham believed God's promise that they would have children. Some of them won wars against other countries. By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. Yet his eye of faith could see Him who is invisible, and he understood that God was a greater fact in his situation than an angry Pharaoh was. Some of them got away from people who wanted to kill them with a sword. b. The latter part of the ninth chapter was an expansion of Hebrews 10:11-12.In particular, Hebrews 10:23-28 have been occupied with the theme, “Christ entered once for all into the Holy Place, having won eternal redemption.” The repeated offerings presented by the high priests have been contrasted with the sacrifice which He has offered. God said that he was happy with Abel's gifts. When God told him to leave his home, he obeyed God. © MissionAssist 2020 But when the soldiers from Egypt tried to cross the same place, they drowned. b. 4 Abel believed God. He liked Esau as a more “manly” man, and he liked the wild game he brought home. c. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: For those courageous enough to believe in God, and to believe in Him as real, and heaven and eternal life as real, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. Hebrews 11:17 New International Version (NIV). Hebrews 2. b. As a result of his faith, he asked God to bless his sons, Jacob and Esau. John Piper Jun 30, 1991 116 Shares Sermon.  They never went below faith or lost faith. 35 Some women who trusted God received their friends and family back from death. i. More naturally, however, may we understand it, with Bleek, de Wette, Delitzsch, Moll, Kurtz, and others, transitively: to make mention, sc. 26 Moses could have been very rich in Egypt. And of necessity of faith in Christ, and of stedfastly following him. He did not die like other people. Abel died long ago, but it is like he is still speaking to us. But those sacrifices can never take away people's sins. Hebrews 11:15. He left his home to go to another country, but he did not know where he was going. 27 As a result of his faith, Moses left Egypt. 36 Other people who trusted God received insults. a. Of whom the world was not worthy: The world is not necessarily friendly to people of faith, and the world isn’t necessarily worthy of them either. b. “It is what Christ has done that opens the way into the very presence of God for them as for us. Now faith is the substance: Just as our physical eyesight is the sense that gives us evidence of the material world, faithis the “sense” that gives us evidence of the invisible, spiritual world. In Hebrews 11:8-9 we have before us only the land of inheritance, but in Hebrews 11:10 the heavenly rest; and in Hebrews 11:13 words which as read in Genesis might seem to refer to a wandering life in the land of Canaan are taken as a confession of sojourning upon earth. God raised those people who had died to become alive again. As a result, those people did not receive everything until we could join with them. Hebrews 1. He wanted to bless Esau with the birthright for carnal reasons. Show that you really want to serve him. It was not strong faith and it was not perfect faith, but her faith was commendable nonetheless. There was no turning back, having already crossed the river Jordan at flood stage, which cut off any line of retreat. Humble, cautious fear is urged, lest any should come short of the promised rest, through unbelief. They must also believe that God helps everyone who wants to know him. 38 These people who trusted God were too good for this world. Genesis 27:33 says, Isaac trembled exceedingly. Hebrews 12 We must continue to trust God. 2 It was because of their faith that God said good things about the people of long ago. b. c. The reproach of Christ: Moses probably didn’t know it at the time but the persecution he suffered for his choice of serving God and His people put him in the company of Jesus – who suffered to set men free. Faith always has been the mark of God's servants, from the beginning of the world... View the entire commentary. (3.) And what more shall I say? b. They did not trust in the blood of the Passover Lamb. He trusted that God would help them in the future time. i. “The despised and ill-treated group of servants of God was of greater real worth than all the rest of humanity put together.” (Morris). 17 Here is another example of Abraham's faith. Scripture: Hebrews 11:39–12:2. When he became a man, he refused to be called the son of the king's daughter. d. Quenched the violence of fire: Among these are Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. What does Hebrews 11:15 mean? 32 I could say even more about other people who trusted God. They were like the number of stars in the sky. Jephthah was the son of a harlot. In that way, God made all the things that we can see. They were very poor and they had a lot of trouble. Yet he also failed with Bathsheba and with his own children. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. Exhortations to various duties, and to be content with what Providence allots. They seek a homeland… they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country: Living by faith is easier when we remember that this world is not our home. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. People did bad things to them. This was proof of her faith. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. Hebrews 11:32. περὶ, concerning) συναθροισμὸς and a remarkable congeries, (71) first Subjects, then Predicates.— γεδεὼν, κ. τ. λ .) It was the place that God had promised to give to Abraham. God told Noah about bad things that would happen. By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish: Joshua 2 tells us of Rahab, who might seem an unusual example of faith. As a result of her faith, she did not die with all the other people in Jericho who did not obey God. Enemies of God tied these people up and they put them in prison. The general thought is that which we find expressed in Hebrews 11:14-16.There, the strangers and pilgrims are seeking for a country of their own; here, the dweller in tents is waiting for the city that hath the foundations. Hebrews 11:1-40. i. Their faithfulness makes our faith a little easier. The superior worth and dignity of Christ above Moses is shown. We often consider the idea that we should not be ashamed of God, but we must also consider that we may make God ashamed of us. g. Became valiant in battle: Some of the many in this description are David, King Asa, and Jehoshaphat. God wanted to see whether Abraham really trusted him. d. Stopped the mouths of lions: These include Daniel, David, and Benaiah (one of David’s mighty men). Hebrews chapter 11; 11:1 - What is faith? By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. They knew that would be better for them. CHAPTER 11. 11:11): Jephthah rehearsed all his words before the Lord in Mizpeh. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down: At Jericho, the people of Israel had a daring faith. These people understood that they lived as strangers and travellers on the earth. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. 40 God had already decided to prepare something better for all of us. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. Jesus is superior to Moses 3:1-6. v1 Brothers and sisters in Christ … We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. i. “‘They were tempted’: it does not say how. easyenglish.bibleBooks > EasyEnglish Bible >. 9 Because of his faith, Abraham went to live like a stranger in that foreign country. As a result of their faith, they did not obey Egypt's king. Hebrews 11 Commentary; EASY ENGLISH. Mencken said faith is the “Illogical belief in the occurrence of the impossible.” This would only be true if there is no God or if He does not matter. But here is no mention of him as the object of faith; and in several of the instances that follow, no notice is taken of him or his salvation, but only of temporal blessings obtained by faith. b. Isaac knew that his weak attempt to tell God what to do was defeated, and he responded in the faith that said, “O.K. They walked through there as if they were walking on dry land. 1. ii. And because of Abel's faith, God accepted him as right with him. He understood that they would leave Egypt one day. He was careful to do exactly what God told him. a. Hebrews 11, popularly called \"the Faith Chapter,\" contains the recitation of the names and deeds of several men and women of faith from creation to the time of Israel's entering of the Promised Land. ... Hebrews 11:15. God had also promised them that the land would belong to them one day. Each one of these were men of faith, yet had notable areas of failure in their life. Let Jacob be blessed with the birthright, and let Esau be blessed after him in his own way.”. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them. Faith is very difficult when we live as “practical atheists.” This describes someone who may have a theoretical belief in God, but the belief doesn’t matter in what they do from day to day. 2 It was because of their faith that God said good things about the people of long ago. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. They were not afraid of the king’s command: When the Pharaoh of Egypt commanded the murder of Hebrew children faith gave Moses’ parents the courage to obey God instead of man. They wanted to discover how to attack the city. Nyland, The Source New Testament; W. Lane, The Word Biblical Commentary: Hebrews 9-13; Hendriksen and Kistemaker, New Testament Commentary: Thessalonians, the Pastorals, and Hebrews. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph: Jacob led a rather carnal life. God, You win. Subdued kingdoms: Some of these were David, Joshua, King Asa, Jehoshaphat, King Hezekiah, and King Josiah. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. d. Jephthah: He was used of God to defeat the Ammonites. c. They should not be made perfect apart from us: The idea of perfect is “complete.” They could not be made complete until the work of Jesus. At that time, he used his stick to hold himself up while he worshipped God. Everything we see will be destroyed, and be made new. 5 Enoch also believed God. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—of whom the world was not worthy. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 12 But Christ, our special priest, offered one sacrifice to take away our sins. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. When we do not regard God and heaven and eternity as real, there can be a sense in which God is ashamed to be called our God. a. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. When the Pharaoh ordered all newborn Hebrew male-children to be killed, Moses’ parents hid him and he grew up among his own people’s enemies. i. 20 Isaac himself also believed God. Still, Hebrews 11 commends their faith and lists them in the “Hall of Faith.” This shows that weak faith is better than unbelief, and you don’t have to be perfect to make it into God’s “Hall of Faith.”. a. They were as many as the bits of sand on the shore of the sea. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. When Abraham was confronted with a promise and a command from God which seemed to contradict each other, he did what we all should do: he obeyed the command and let God take care of the promise. As a result of his faith, he asked God to bless each of Joseph's sons. Only the work of Christ brings those of Old Testament times and those of the new and living way alike into the presence of God.” (Morris), ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. Some of these people wore the skins of sheep and goats while they travelled about. Hebrews 11:20-21. But they still did not receive everything that God had promised to give to them. (Arabic) تفاسير – اللغة العربية, © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . 29 Because of their faith, Israel's people walked across the Red Sea. 34 Some of them put out fires that were burning very strongly. He spoke his word to make it happen. When she had received the spies with peace: When the Hebrew spies came to Rahab, she declared He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath (Joshua 2:11). b. Yet he hesitated and went forward only when Deborah encouraged him. She helped the men from Israel who had come to that city earlier. Because Abraham believed God, he offered his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice. It carries the idea “to beat with a stick or a baton.”. They offer the same sacrifices to God again and again. He knew God’s promise was true! Jacob did that when he was dying. Nobody can see God, but Moses lived like someone who could see God. a. —Rather, the city which hath the foundations. These worthies received the better resurrection. They knew God would act on the seventh day when they shouted. He told them to put blood from the sacrifice round their doors. 30 Because of their faith, Israel's people marched round Jericho city for seven days. He did not want to live in the king's house and do wrong things. By faith he kept the Passover: It took faith to believe that the blood of a lamb on the doorpost would save a household from the terror of the angel of death. a. Not a full definition of faith in its whole nature, but a description of its great characteristics in relation to … The grace of God often finds out, and fastens upon, the most undeserving and ill-deserving persons, to do great things for them and by them. Others ruled in a way that is right and fair. Commentaries for the book of Hebrews. He spoke his word to make it happen. In it, the authormost likely the apostle Paulpresents illustrations from the Old Testament to bear out his opening statement: \"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. c. By faith: The faith in Isaac’s blessing came in after Isaac’s attempt to thwart the will of God was destroyed, when he said of Jacob, and indeed he shall be blessed (Genesis 27:33). By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. We will be sure in our minds about things that we cannot even see. i. Bruce wonders if this is not the incident that Jesus referred to in John 8:56 when Jesus said: Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day; and he saw it, and was glad. 31 Rahab, who had been a prostitute in Jericho, also trusted God. God had promised Abraham that he would have many grandchildren. 33 As a result of their faith, they did great things. But Abraham was still ready to offer his only son as a sacrifice. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. 22 Joseph also believed God. Introduction. When Moses was born, they hid him for three months. Commentaries for Hebrews Chapter 11 The New Testament dispensation shown to be much more excellent than the Old. 14 People who live in that way show that they expect to live somewhere else one day. As a result of his faith, he told his family where they should bury his bones.