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The Fruit of Faith from the Judges to Exile (Hebrews 11:32-40)

Tony FelichTony Felich, February 12, 2006
Part of the Exposition of Hebrews series, preached at a Morning Worship service


I. The gift of faith bore fruit in the lives in the lives of judges (32-38)
– conquered kingdoms
– enforced justice
– obtained promises
– stopped the mouths of lions
– quenched the power of fire
– escaped the edge of the sword
– were made strong out of weakness
– became mighty in war and put armies to flight
– women received back their dead
– some were tortured
– some suffered mockings, flogging, imprisonment
– some were killed

II. The fruits of one generation’s faith are authenticated in the following generations (39-40)

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Hebrews 11:32-40

32 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

39 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. (ESV)

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