Saturday, 13 October 2012

Hebrews 11

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

What we see was created by what we don’t see. There is a whole spiritual world we don’t see.

Susan said...

v.16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

God is not ashamed to call us his own because we live by faith.

Susan said...

v.25-26 He (Moses) chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.

“rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin” … “he was looking ahead to his reward” Moses was motivated by receiving rewards. He made decisions in the present based on the rewards he would receive in the future. Likewise we should be motivated by rewards. It seems odd to me but it is definitely a Biblical thought (also 12:2).

Susan said...

v.27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.

He persevered because he saw him who is invisible. We can persevere when we focus on God.

Susan said...

v.31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

Rahab, by protecting the spies, put herself in immediate danger from her countrymen but she avoided death from the Israelites. So many of the “heroes of faith” in this chapter experienced short term loss for long term gain.

Susan said...

v.37-38 They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them.

Those who were prepared to die without denying their faith were those, “the world was not worthy of”

Susan said...

v.40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

God doesn’t describe in detail the “something better” but we can trust God’s character. He is an all good God who doesn’t even spare his Son for us.