My 6/17/12AM sermon from Hebrews 11:32-38 is now online. It was entitled Worthy Heroes. There were a few things that really stood out to me in this passage…
1) The hope of a better life. In v.35, there are 2 ways contrasted. 2 women triumphed in faith when they received back children from the dead. That was a pretty amazing thing, a physical resurrection. But, what captivates the writer of Hebrews was those who were tortured, and led to death in the hope of a better life, a better resurrection. This spiritual resurrection that is ours should be enough to jolt us in the here and now to live lives of endurance marked by faith. This hope of a better life should help get you through Mondays.
2) Worthy – In v.38, these suffering believers are described as those of whom the world is not worthy. Which led me to ask, well if they aren’t worthy of the world, then who are they worthy of? The answer: God Himself. When we triumph in endurance, God is pleased and esteemed as the most worthy one of the universe.
Today, then, strive to be a worthy hero that honors God by living in faith.