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Hebrews 11:1-40 – Great Examples of Faith

Great Examples of Faith

Hebrews 11:1-40

1  CHUCK Faith is the foundation of our hope, it convinces us of the existence of things we do not see.  2 CEV It was their faith that made our ancestors pleasing to God.

3 CEV Because of our faith, we know that the world was made at God’s command. We also know that what can be seen was made out of what cannot be seen.

4 -a MSG By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. That’s what God noticed and approved as righteous. -b NLT Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.

5 -a NLT It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying -a MSG By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. -b NLT — “he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. 6 TNIV And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

7 NIV By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

8 -a MSG By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to -b NLT leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. -c MSG When he left he had no idea where he was going. 9 TNIV By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 -a CEV Abraham did this, because he was waiting for the eternal city -b MKJV a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11 NET By faith, even though Sarah herself was barren and he was too old, he received the ability to procreate, because he regarded the one who had given the promise to be trustworthy.

12 MSG That’s how it happened that from one man’s dead and shriveled loins there are now people numbering into the millions.  -b NLT so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.

13 CEV Every one of those people died. But they still had faith, even though they had not received what they had been promised. They were glad just to see these things from far away, and they agreed that they were only strangers and foreigners on this earth. 14 NLT Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. 15 -a NLT If they had longed for the country they came from, -b MSG they could have gone back any time they wanted. 16 -a GW Instead, these men were longing for a better country – a heavenly country. -b MKJV Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

17 NLT It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, 18 -a NLT even though God had told him, -b GNB “It is through Isaac that you will have the descendants I promised.” 19 NLT Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.

20 NLT It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau.

21 NLT It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff.

22 NLT It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left.

23 HCSB By faith Moses, after he was born, was hidden by his parents for three months, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they didn’t fear the king’s edict.

24 NLT It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 HCSB and chose to suffer with the people of God rather than to enjoy the short-lived pleasure of sin.  26 NLT He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward. 27 NLT It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. 28 NLT It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons.

29 NLT It was by faith that the people of Israel HCSB crossed the Red Sea as though they were on dry land. When the Egyptians attempted to do this, they were drowned.

30 NLT It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.

31 HCSB By faith Rahab the prostitute received the spies in peace and didn’t perish with those who disobeyed.

32 HCSB And what more can I say? Time is too short for me to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets,  33 HCSB who by faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions,  34 TNIV quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.  35 NLT Women received their loved ones back again from death.

But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. 36 NKJV Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.  37 HCSB They were stoned, they were sawed in two, they died by the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins, in goatskins, destitute, afflicted, and mistreated.  38 NLT They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

39 NLT All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40 TNIV God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

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