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Judges: UNQUENCHABLE Faith (11 of 12)
Series: Fantastic Faith
Steve N. Wagers
September 28. 2008
1. The Dark Times they Endured!
A. Moral Decay
B. Spiritual Declension
2. The Difficult Troubles they Escaped!
A. The Courage of Fearless Men
B. The Confidence of Faithful Men
3. The Divine Triumph they Embraced!
A. A Godly Life Reported
B. A Godly Life Rewarded
TIME Magazine recently released its list of the top 100 hundred people of the last 100 years. The list included people such as Princess Diana, Mother Theresa, Billy Graham, Jackie Robinson, Bill Wilson, Pele, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Lindbergh, John F. Kennedy, Rosa Parks, Bruce Lee, Anne Frank and Helen Keller just to name a few. TIME Magazine gave the number 1 position, of the top 100 stars in the past 100 years, to Muhammed Ali.
As we near the end of our tour through God's Hall of Faith, the best has been saved for last. We come to a list of Bible heroes who find their place on God's list of some of the greatest people who ever lived.
Verses 32-40 summarize the rest of Old Testament history, from the period of the judges through the kingdom era. The writer cites several examples from the periods of the judges, the prophets and the kings.
It's interesting that the writer starts by saying,
"And what more shall I say?"
We have covered much real estate since we began this great chapter. We have journeyed from Abel all the way to Rahab. Thus, it's like the writer is saying, "I've said enough already, but let me just highlight some unmentionable, yet not unforgettable people.
The examples given in Hebrews 11 were taken from the first 6 books of the Old Testament. There were many other examples, which could have been used, but the writer states in verse 32 that "time would fail" him to speak of all the examples of faith.
Thus, he gives the specific names of 6 men and recounts the lives of other unnamed men in the following vers ...
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