Hebrews 11:17-31

Hebrews 11:17-31 … Continuing in the faith chapter of the Bible, Hebrews 11:17-19 gives the most trustworthy and reliable commentary on Abraham’s faith as he climbed Mount Moriah (which incidentally, most believe is Mount Zion … the Temple Mount in Jerusalem where Solomon’s Temple was constructed and where the “Dome of the Rock” mosque stands today). The account of Abraham and Isaac is in Genesis 22. In explaining that event, Hebrews 11:19 tells us that Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac because “He considered that God is able to raise men even from the dead” (NASB).

Next, in succession here in Hebrews, you have the faith of Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses called out for attention. Although not mentioned by name, you also have reference to the faith of Joshua (v.30 in the battle of Jericho) and in verse 31, Rahab, who by faith was the instrument of God in helping with the overthrow of Jericho, but more importantly is in the human genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1:5).

Faith is the all important character trait of those who worship the true and living God. As Hebrews 11:6 says: “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.”

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