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Finish with a Flourish

by | Nov 19, 2021 | Genuine Hope | 0 comments

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— who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 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. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 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— of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

Hebrews 11:32-38

I consider these verses as a kind of grand finale of faith as the writer of Hebrews encourages each of us. He could have told the stories of other faithful heroes of the faith, but he summed up the chapter by describing a number of nameless people who lived their lives as followers of God. He finished the chapter with a flourish of examples of faith.

They might have been nameless here, but God knew the name of each person described above and he knows our names as well. So, let’s be like them, focused on a better place and a better promise. God rewards faith that endures.

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