The author remembers the heroes of the faith. Whether famous or not, they are great role models. Among them are Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
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famous men. That is, godly men. The author remembers the heroes of the faith.
VERSE 2. The Lord manifested in them great glory, Even his mighty power from the beginning.
Giving counsel. That is, the gift of counseling. We Christians might call it the Gift of Discernment.
brought tidings in prophecies. That is, the Gift of Prophecy.
Leaders of the people. That is, the Gift of Administration.
men of learning. We Christians might call it the Gift of Wisdom.
VERSE 5. Such as sought out musical tunes, And set forth verses in writing:
VERSE 6. Rich men furnished with ability, Living peaceably in their habitations:
VERSE 7. All these were honored in their generations, And were a glory in their days.
have left a name behind. Some heroes of the faith are famous, even to this day.
some … have no memorial. Other heroes of the faith are NOT famous.
men of mercy. We Christians might call it the Gift of Mercy.
Whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten:
Hebrews 6:10. God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. (NIV translation).
VERSE 11. With their seed shall remain continually a good inheritance; Their children are within the covenants.
VERSE 12. Their seed stands fast, And their children for their sakes.
Their seed shall remain forever. Parents hope and pray for something like this for their own children, those who are their own family bloodline.
You can hope and pray for this in a spiritual sense as well. As you share your faith in Jesus Christ with others, some people will accept what you say. They will become your “child,” spiritually. You will give yourself to helping your “child” grow up in the faith, from infancy to adulthood.
One day your spiritual “children” will go out and begin sharing their faith with others. One day other people will be drawn to their influence. They will be your “grandchildren,” spiritually. You will dote on them as a grandparent would. You’ll help “raise the grandchildren.”
In this way, your spiritual name, your spiritual posterity, will continue on until the End of Time.
For us Christians, this is the ministry of discipleship.
VERSE 14. Their bodies were buried in peace, And their name lives to all generations.
VERSE 15. Peoples will declare their wisdom, And the congregation tells out their praise.
SUMMARY: The author remembers Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
was translated. At the end of his earthly life, Enoch was taken up into heaven. And so was Elijah.
Genesis 5:24. Enoch walked with God, and he was not found, for God took him.
Sirach 44:16. Enoch pleased the Lord, and was translated, Being an example of repentance to all generations.
2 Kings 2:11. As they continued on and talked, behold, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated them, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
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VERSE 18. Everlasting covenants were made with him, That all flesh should no more be blotted out by a flood.
VERSE 19. Abraham was a great father of a multitude of nations; And there was none found like him in glory;
VERSE 20. Who kept the law of the Most High, And was taken into covenant with him: In his flesh he established the covenant; And when he was proved, he was found faithful.
VERSE 21. Therefore he assured him by an oath, That the nations should be blessed in his seed; That he would multiply him as the dust of the earth, And exalt his seed as the stars, And cause them to inherit from sea to sea, And from the River to the utmost part of the earth.
VERSE 22. In Isaac also did he establish likewise, for Abraham his father’s sake, The blessing of all men, and the covenant:
VERSE 23. And he made it rest upon the head of Jacob; He acknowledged him in his blessings, And gave to him by inheritance, And divided his portions; Among twelve tribes did he part them.
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