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A Message From The Pastor

NOVEMBER THEME: Heroes of the Faith - The Unnamed
 
As we continue studying Hebrews Chapter 11, we are reminded that although some of the heroes of faith are well-known, there are many who remain unnamed. And each of them were faithful in what God called them to do. Here are just a few of those unnamed heroes.

Verse 33: “who shut the mouths of lions.” We think here of Daniel who spent the night unharmed in a den of hungry lions - Daniel 6:16-23.

Verse 34: who “quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.” The flames being quenched may be a reference to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego - Daniel 3:19-27. Among those who escaped the sword can refer to Elisha and his encounter with the army of Aram - 2 Kings 6:8-33. One who routed foreign armies is Jonathan and the story is found in 1 Samuel 14:6-23.

Verse 35: “Women received back their dead, raised to life again.” The dead sons of both the widow of Zarephath in 1 Kings 17:19-23 and the Shunammite woman in 2 Kings 4:32-35 were raised back to life.

Verse 36: “Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison.” Jeremiah was mocked, beaten, imprisoned and thrown into a muddy cistern which we read about in Jeremiah 20, 37 & 38.

Verse 37: “They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated.” Zechariah was stoned to death in the Temple compound - 2 Chronicles 24:20-21, and many prophets were put to death by the sword in 1 Kings 19:10. Although not mentioned in the Bible, according to historical records, Isaiah was sawn in two by King Manasseh because he had prophesied about the destruction of the Temple. Elijah’s garment was made of sheep or goatskin and he was persecuted and mistreated - 2 Kings 1:8.

Verse 38: “They wandered in deserts and mountains, and lived in caves and holes in the ground.” Obadiah hid a hundred prophets in caves to save them from King Ahab - 1 Kings 18:1.

Only faith in God, based on the knowledge and experience of God could enable such unnamed heroes of faith to endure suffering and torment for the cause of God’s glory and their eternal reward. The Lord Jesus is also calling us to action. With all our shortcomings, weaknesses and seeming inabilities, He can use us for His glory and for our good. It’s time for us to take our place in God’s roll call of the heroes of faith. May we have the courage to follow the Lord faithfully, no matter what!

Blessings,

Rev. Sabrina Foerster

Associate Pastor/Next Steps

Malvern Christian Assembly