Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. (Hebrews 11:1-2)
Hebrews 11 is often called God’s “Hall of Faith.” It’s sort of a Who’s Who of the Old Testament and includes a little bio for each to help us understand how God wants us to live.
At first glance, the list can be intimidating. It includes all these big-time Bible people and describes all these big-time Bible events you heard about way back in Sunday School.
But dig a little deeper and you’ll find something amazing. The list includes a murderer (Moses), an adulterer (David), a serial liar (Abraham), a swindler (Jacob) and a prostitute (Rahab).
What’s the point? God can use seriously messed-up people like you and me to carry his message.
What’s the message? Have faith.
What’s faith? Here are just a few examples:
- By faith, Noah “when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family” (11:7).
- By faith, Abraham “when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (11:8).
- By faith, “the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land” (11:29).
- By faith, “the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days” (11:30).
- By faith, others “conquered kingdoms,” “administered justice,” “shut the mouths of lions,” “quenched the fury of the flames,” were “tortured and refused to be released,” were “stoned” and “sawed in two” and went about “destitute, persecuted and mistreated” (11:33-37).
Today’s BIG Question:
If someone were telling your life story, what would they say after the phrase “By faith, …”?