Hebrews 11:29-40

If you’re just joining us, you need to read Wednesday’s post to make sense of what’s going on here in Hebrews 11. And yesterday’s.

We’ve looked at the example of Abraham and the other patriarchs. And most recently, Moses. So now we get to the next great hero of faithfulness:

11:29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

By faith… the people? OK, but isn’t this the story of the great leaders? Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses… surely Joshua (Yeshua in Hebrew) is next, right? Well, he is. But he’s not named. Maybe because there’s a greater Joshua (Iesous in Greek, or Jesus in English) to come at the end of the story.

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Hebrews 11:17-28

If you’re just joining us, you need to read yesterday’s post to make sense of what’s going on here in Hebrews 11.

We’ve so far almost made it through to the end of Abraham’s story of faith. But there’s one last incident to record:

11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

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Hebrews 11:1-16

In preparation for today’s reading, have a look at the following video of the famous “marshmallow test.”

The original marshmallow test was run by psychologists from Stanford University back in the 1960s. It was investigating our ability to put off short-term benefit in order to gain a greater benefit in the future.

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