Charles H. Spurgeon
By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
In almost every capital of Europe there are varieties of triumphal arches or columns upon which are recorded the valiant deeds of the country's generals, its emperors, or its monarchs. You will find, in one case, the thousand battles of a Napoleon recorded, and in another, you find the victories of a Nelson pictured. It seems, therefore, but right, that faith, which is the mightiest of the mighty, should have a pillar raised to its honor, upon which its valiant deeds should be recorded. The apostle Paul undertook to raise the structure, and he erected a most magnificent pillar in the chapter before us. It recites the victories of faith. It begins with one triumph of faith, and then proceeds to others.
We have in, in one place, faith triumphing over death-Enoch entered not the gates of Hades, but reached heaven by another road from that which is usual to men. We have faith, in another place, wrestling with time-Noah, warned of God concerning things not seen as yet, wrestled with time, which placed his deluge 120 years away; and yet, in the confidence of faith, he believed against all rational expectation, against all probability, and his faith was more than a match for probability and time too. We have faith triumphing over infirmity-when Abraham begot a son in his old age. And then we have faith triumphing over natural affection, as we see Abraham climbing to the top of the hill and raising the knife to slay his only and beloved son at the command of God. We see faith, again, entering the lists with the infirmities of old age and the pains of the last struggle, as we read-"By faith, Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff."
Then we have faith combating the allurements of a wealthy court. "By faith Moses esteemed the reproach of ...
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