Hebrews 11:32–40 (ESV)
Heroes of Faith
And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched
the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise
again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—
38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised,
40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
Today’s reading wraps up the Heroes of Faith. I know I was tired of having a new hero every
verse which was slowing down my progress through Hebrews. There was just too much to say about each verse, I couldn’t just blow through it. Well, I think the writer of Hebrews got tired of writing about the heroes, because he takes on a shot
gun approach and covers a large group of heroes and groups them together. Well that makes it easy for me. The Lutheran Study Bible sums up the Heroes of Faith by stating: “Faith trusts even without sight what God has set forth in His Word.
True faith is active in love and is steadfast under persecution. By His resurrection, Christ conquered death and now provides His Holy Spirit to strengthen us.” I want to take the focus off the Heroes and put the focus on us today. We believe
in Jesus Christ and trust in his forgiveness and gift of eternal life. We can’t see Jesus or heaven, yet we believe. We are blessed because we believe, and yet have not seen.
I pray: O
Lord, I know I have not seen you, but I believe in you. I see your works, your miracles, and I hear your Word through the Scriptures. You gave me my faith. I didn’t ask for you to die for my sins, but you did it anyway out of love.
Thank you for everything you have done for me. Amen.