To believe in God is to hope in His Son, the Messiah, which these faithful all did (v. 26).

Scripture: Hebrews 11:17-31

ESV Text: Hebrews 11:17-31

Hebrews 11:17-31 (Listen)

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. 20 By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau. 21 By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones.

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.

29 By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 11
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. 18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. 21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. 23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. 24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. 29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. 31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 381:
I Know my Faith is Founded

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. I know my faith is founded 
On Jesus Christ, my God and Lord; 
And this my faith confessing 
Unmoved I stand upon His Word. 
Man’s reason cannot fathom 
The truth of God profound; 
Who trusts her subtle wisdom 
Relies on shifting ground. 
God’s Word is all-sufficient, 
It makes divinely sure, 
And trusting in its wisdom, 
My faith shall rest secure. 

2. Increase my faith, dear Savior, 
For Satan seeks by night and day 
To rob me of this treasure 
And take my hope of bliss away. 
But, Lord, with Thee beside me, 
I shall be undismayed; 
And led by Thy good Spirit, 
I shall be unafraid. 
Abide with me, O Savior, 
A firmer faith bestow; 
Then I shall bid defiance 
To every evil foe. 

3. In faith, Lord, let me serve Thee; 
Though persecution, grief and pain 
Should seek to overwhelm me, 
Let me a steadfast trust retain; 
And then at my departure 
Take Thou me home to Thee 
And let me there inherit 
All thou hast promised me. 
In life and death, Lord, keep me 
Until Thy heaven I gain, 
Where I by Thy great mercy 
The end of faith attain. 


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