Faith Hall of Fame

           In the book of Hebrews, chapter 11, a person will find a chapter that is titled “Faith in Action.”  This passage of scripture is also known as the “Hall of Fame of Faith” or the “Faith Hall of Fame.”  It is a very known passage of scripture and is often taught on.

            The first verse in Hebrews 11 is a verse that most Christians know and have heard.  “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (New International Version).  This verse is pretty easy to summarize as it is not overly complicated.  Having faith is trusting and hoping in what a person believes even when the evidence is not completely, physically there for the person to see.  The writer goes on to say that the “ancient” people who had faith were blessed because of it.  An example is that God created the universe but it was not made out of things that can be seen on this earth.  The first person to be brought up in the “Faith Hall of Fame” is Abel.  Hebrews 11 tells us that Abel brought a better offering than his brother Cain in faith.  Because of this faith the Lord counted Abel as righteous and Cain (who killed his brother) was cursed.  The second person talked about in the “Faith Hall of Fame” is Enoch.  The Bible tells us that Enoch was “taken away by God” so that he did not have to die a human death.  Hebrews 11 tells us that the Lord was blessing Enoch for his faith.  Without faith it is impossible to please God because a true believer has to believe that God exists and seek to serve and please God.  The third person in the “Faith Hall of Fame” is Abraham.  Abraham was faithful to God by obeying Him and leaving his home to go where the Lord called him, even though he did not know where that was.  He lived with tents in a foreign land (the promised land) along with two of the other patriarchs (Isaac and Jacob).  The fourth person in the “Faith Hall of Fame” is Sarah.  Sarah had faith that the Lord was fulfill His promise and give her a son.  The Lord blessed Abraham and Sarah for their faith and patience.  Hebrews 11 goes on to tell us because Abraham was faithful his descendants now are as numerous as the stars.  Abraham also had enough faith in the Lord to offer his own son, Isaac, as a sacrifice when the Lord told him to.  He had faith that the Lord had a plan.

            The fifth person in the “Faith Hall of Fame” is Isaac.  Isaac gave his sons Jacob and Esau a blessing in faith.  The sixth person in the “Faith Hall of Fame” is Jacob.  Hebrews 11:21 says that by faith Jacob blessed Joseph’s sons and worshipped as he leaned on his staff.  This has always been so cool to me because back in Genesis 32:25 Jacob wrestles with God (or an angel) and injures his hip.  This is why he worshipped as he leaned on his staff!  The seventh person in the “Faith Hall of Fame” is Joseph.  Joseph, by faith, spoke of the Exodus.  The eighth person in the “Faith Hall of Fame” is Moses.  By faith Moses refused to be known as Egyptian royalty and chose to be treated as a lowly Israelite.  He looked ahead to his reward in Heaven, not to the instant gratification and rewards he could receive in Egypt.  He left and led the people out of Egypt by faith.  By faith the people crossed the Red Sea and trusted that the Lord would give them the promised land.  The final person in the “Faith Hall of Fame” is Rahab.  Rahab had faith that the spies were from the Lord and hid them.  Because of her faith, Rahab was not killed with the rest of Jericho when the walls came tumbling down. 

            The writer goes on to say he does not have time to tell about all of the others who were worthy to be on the list.  He does tell some of the miracles and great things that were accomplished because of peoples’ great faith in the Lord and he also tells us that the world was not worthy of them.  The final two verses of Hebrews 11 states that all of these people were commended for their faith but none of them received what they had been promised because God wanted them to be made perfect through us and so that His name could be glorified.  Not the people who are listed in Hebrews 11.

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