Hebrews 11



Hebrews 11 highlights the importance of faith as the foundation of a relationship with God. It provides a rich account of Old Testament figures who, through faith, demonstrated obedience, perseverance, and trust in God's promises. The chapter encourages believers to follow in their footsteps, understanding that faith is the key to a close and meaningful relationship with God.


  1. Definition of Faith (Hebrews 11:1-3): The chapter begins with a definition of faith as the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen. It highlights the role of faith in understanding that God created the world by His word.

  2. Examples of Faith (Hebrews 11:4-38): The bulk of the chapter provides a list of Old Testament heroes who demonstrated extraordinary faith:

    • Abel: Offered a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain.

    • Enoch: Walked with God and was taken by God, escaping death.

    • Noah: Built an ark in obedience to God's warning about the flood.

    • Abraham and Sarah: Followed God's call to leave their homeland and had faith in God's promise of descendants.

    • Moses: Chose to suffer with the people of God rather than enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.

    • Others: The chapter recounts various individuals, such as Rahab, Gideon, Samson, David, and the prophets, who demonstrated faith in God despite challenges and uncertainties.

  3. The Faithful's Reward (Hebrews 11:39-40): The author concludes by affirming that all these individuals, though commended for their faith, did not receive the promised fulfillment during their lifetimes. Instead, God had something better planned for us, and they are perfected together with believers in the ultimate fulfillment of God's promises.