4. more excellent sacrifice--because offered in faith. ... Hebrews 11:6(NASB) Verse Thoughts. So the seven brothers, 2 Maccabees 7:9,11,14,29,36; and Eleazar, 2 Maccabees 6:21,28,30, "Though I might have been delivered from death, I endure these severe pains, being beaten." By faith he was commended as righteous when God gave approval to his gifts. But now. This accounts for his strange reluctance and despondency when commissioned by God to go and arouse the people ( Exodus 3:15 , Exodus 4:1 Exodus 4:10-12 ). That she was not justified by her works appears plainly; because the work she did was faulty in the manner, and not perfectly good, therefore it could not be answerable to the perfect justice or righteousness of God. Where the principle is planted by the regenerating Spirit of God, it will cause the truth to be received, concerning justification by the sufferings and merits of Christ. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. But the universal and final perfecting will not take place till Christ's coming. "He acquiesced in the bare word of God where the thing itself was not apparent" [CALVIN]. EUSEBIUS [The Preparation of the Gospel, 1.10, and 4.16], has preserved a fragment of a Greek translation of Sanchoniatho, which mentions a mystical sacrifice of the Phoenicians, wherein a prince in royal robes was the offerer, and his only son was to be the victim: this evidently was a tradition derived from Abraham's offering, and handed down through Esau or Edom, Isaac's son. Both alike are marvellous effects of faith. As our advantages, with the better things God has provided for us, are so much beyond theirs, so should our obedience of faith, patience of hope, and labour of love, be greater. tried--Greek, "tempted," as in Genesis 22:1 . And faith means knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. of them--and them only. "By faith, he who was (afterwards) called Abraham (father of nations, Genesis 17:5 , in order to become which was the design of God's bringing him out of Ur) obeyed (the command of God: to be understood in this reading), so as to go out," &c. which he should after receive--He had not fully received even this promise when he went out, for it was not explicitly given him till he had reached Canaan ( Genesis 12:1 Genesis 12:6 Genesis 12:7 ). Micaiah, the son of Imlah, by Ahab ( 1 Kings 22:26 1 Kings 22:27 ). Thus Paul may quote this as an instance of Elijah's faith, that at God's command he went to a Gentile city of Sidonia (contrary to Jewish prejudices), and there, as the fruit of faith, not only raised her dead son, but received her as a convert into the family of God, as Vulgate reads. They sank in the sands as much as in the waves of the Red Sea. Even an animal sacrifice, though of God's appointment, would not have been accepted, had it not been offered in faith. Red Sea--called so from its red seaweed, or rather from Edom (meaning "red"), whose country adjoined it. worlds--literally, "ages"; all that exists in time and space, visible and invisible, present and eternal. His beauty was probably "the sign" appointed by God to assure their faith. and were persuaded of them--The oldest manuscripts omit this clause. ALFORD translates, "greeted them." Jacob lived by faith, and he died by faith, and in faith. BENGEL supports English Version. Through faith, the future object of Christian hope, in its beginning, is already present. The natural world could not, without revelation, teach us this truth, though it confirms the truth when apprehended by faith ( Romans 1:20 ). pleased God--The Scripture testimony virtually expresses that he pleased God, namely, "Enoch walked with God." a proper child--Greek, "a comely child." So faith is confidence, hope, and assurance of what cannot be seen. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Though the righteous and the worldlings widely differ in their judgment, they agree in this, it is not fit that good men should have their rest in this world. In particular, this segment of the book of Hebrews focuses on those who heard from God, obeyed, and were blessed.