A Father's Gift to His Family: Commitment
Hebrews 11:13-40; 12:1-3
Intro: This morning we are thinking about a father's gift to his family and that gift is commitment, both in his personal life and in transmitting that to his family.
Turn in your Bible to Heb. 11:13. This verse reminds us that there were many people who lived a life of faith without ever having seen with their eyes what God had promised. In other words, they lived a commitment that endured until they died without having envisioned what God had promised.
vv. 1-12 speak of the Hero's Hall of Fame and all the things that we could think about the lives of these individuals. He has named Noah, Abraham, Enoch, Able, and on and on. He says in v. 13:
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised. They only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. Yet they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.
Heb. 11:32 He is going to remind you of what these heroes of faith endured because of their commitment made to God and to others.
"What more shall I say then" (he had continued on with this roll call of faith with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and then he comes to say by faith in v. 32)
"What more shall I say? I don't have time to speak to you about Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephtha and David and Samuel and the prophets who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, gained what was promised, who shut the mouths of lions, who quenched the fury of the flames, escaped the edge of the sword, whose weakness was turned to strength, and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and floggings, while others were put in prison. They were stoned, and they were sawed in two, they were put to death by the sword. They ...
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