For the past several weeks we have been “Strolling Through the Hall of Faith.” We have learned that faith is trusting what God says and acting on it, regardless of circumstances or consequences. We also learned that faith is not an attitude, it is an action. It is not passive, it is active. It takes what God has said and acts upon it. In our Stroll through the Hall of Faith we have encountered great heroes like Abel and Enoch and Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Joshua, and Rahab. Now, we are approaching the end of our journey.
Our primetimers enjoy going to museums. We have been to several museums over the past eight years. Now, you can go through a museum like some of our folks and just walk through and look at the pictures and you are done in 45 minutes to an hour. Or you can do like a couple of our members and try to read everything. Over the past several weeks we have looked in great detail at each of these individuals. We are approaching the end of our journey though. The author, appears to me, to be a tour guide that is trying to keep his group on schedule. Rather than going into great detail through the entire Old Testament, it is as if he is saying, “You’ve seen enough. We need to keep moving.”
We discovered that there were many heroes of the faith who conquered kingdoms, administered justice, gained what was promised, shut lions’ mouths, quenched fires, routed armies, and evn raised the dead. But we also read about those who were: tortured, mocked, jeered, flogged, imprisoned, executed, exiled, impoverished, and destitute. And the Bible concludes that they were all commended for their faith!!! You can listen to this message by following this link or visit our sermons page.