Overview

The Essence of Faith (Verses 1-3):
Hebrews 11 starts with defining faith as the "substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." It sets the foundation that faith is not just a belief but a deep assurance in things yet unseen, which is credited as righteousness.
Examples from the Patriarchs (Verses 4-22):
The chapter offers a sweeping look at the Old Testament figures, including Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and others. These are men who lived by faith, not by sight, setting an example for us. Through their faith, they accomplished the impossible, received promises, and even escaped death.
The Heroes of Faith (Verses 23-40):
From Moses to Rahab, the narrative shifts to those who risked their lives and made sacrifices through faith. Despite not having received the promise, they were looking forward to a better city, that is, a heavenly one. This section underscores that faith often means enduring hardship, even unto death.
Hebrews 11 serves as a powerful chronicle of the great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us in faith. The chapter offers a moving, humanizing look at these heroes, affirming that faith is the cornerstone of a life pleasing to God. This 'Hall of Faith' is not just a historical account but an active challenge for us to live lives marked by faith.

Hebrews 11

1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2  For by it the elders obtained a good report.

3  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

4  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

5  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

7  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

8  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

9  By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

10  For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11  Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

12  Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

13  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

14  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

15  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

16  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

17  By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

18  Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

19  Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

20  By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

21  By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

22  By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

23  By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.

24  By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;

25  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

26  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

27  By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

28  Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

29  By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.

30  By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

31  By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

32  And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

33  Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

34  Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

35  Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

36  And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

37  They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;

38  (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

39  And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

40  God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

End of Hebrews 11


1 Year Plan:  Oct 29 - Jer 48, Jer 49,  Heb 11 [next day]

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