Do you have a hero? Someone that is just amazing and deserves recognition. Sports and music seem best at setting up Halls of Fame which we are often amazed by the talent of those individuals. How often do we find those portrayed in the Scripture as our heros of the faith? It seems that most of us don’t think of saints as heroes. The scripture recoignizes these heroes in Hebrews 11.
Heroes for Parents. We get examples of faith no matter what stage in life that you might find yourself. Abraham lived by faith who left his country. He was marked as obeying God. By faith he offered his son Isaac when asked to sacrifice him believing that God would raise him from the dead (Heb. 11:19). Sarah also who believed God that He would provide a child though she was of old age. Moses parents by faith hid their son who escaped the murder of Pharaoh. May these be examples to parents.
Heroes of Faith for Children & Mature. Abel offered a sacrifice of righteousness that God accepted. Timothy was commanded to let no one look down on him but to be example in faith, love and purity. By faith Isaac & Jacob blessed their children and worshiped the Lord which is a great example of finishing strong. Joseph also believed God that the children of Israel would leave Egypt and he gave instructions on what to do with his bones. Are you old or young? Let these be an example to you to live by faith.
Heroes for Men and Women. Abraham, Moses, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Gideon and the prophets are examples of men enduring trials, torture, famine wandering, wars, and even death to receive the crown of life. Rahab and Sarah who believing God one would escape death and another receive the promise of children greater than the sand of the sea.
The unspoken heroes. Even as the scripture says that “time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets” let alone the apostles who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.” (Hebrews 11:33-38)
Let us remember the heroes of scripture. For they are examples unto us as Hebrews 12:1-2 says that “since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus would be the perfect hero!
Who might your scriptural hero be? Share with me those that are examples to you from the scripture.