II. The meaning of this command is usually taken as a striving to be at peace with other people. 1835. Only here and Luke 17:12. embraced. (Read Hebrews 11:32-38) After all our searches into the Scriptures, there is more to be learned from them. The imperfects indicate that this was continuous) to return ( ἀνακάμψαι, Matthew 2:12; Luke 10:6; Acts 18:21; frequent in LXX). The persons spoken of, — “All these.” That is, not all that he had instanced in from the beginning of the chapter, although they also, all of them except Enoch, who was translated, died in faith; but ‘those only who left their own country on the especial command of God, living as pilgrims in the land of Canaan, and elsewhere, — that is, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, and Jacob. It is a reminder to the fellowship of Christ, to let love remain, show hospitality and honor each other. 3 b By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God, * so that what is visible came into being through the invisible. BibliographyIce, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on Hebrews 11:13". For as unto the promises themselves, they “saw them,” they “were persuaded of them,” they “embraced them;” wherefore it cannot be said that they received them not. 11. The patriarchs showed that they understood that in giving these promises God became their God; therefore God was not ashamed of them, and this showed itself especially in His naming Himself “the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” (Exodus 3:15). O, if ever faith is needed, it will be needed then; if ever the gospel embraced, embraced then; if ever Christ looked to, looked to then; if ever laid hold of by the hand of faith, laid hold of then! Here, it is especially clear that all of these people were motivated by their vision of … What profession they made thereon as unto all other things. Again, “the promises,” in the plural number, is the same with “the promise,” in the singular, verse 39: for the promise intended was but one, but whereas it is frequently renewed, it is called “the promises;” as also because of the manifold occasional additions that were made unto it, and declaratory of it. This “promise,” or the thing promised, some expositors (as Grotius and his follower) take to be the land of Canaan, which these patriarchs possessed not. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Vulg. "Commentary on Hebrews 11:13". This avowed renunciation of all other things besides Christ in the promise, and the good-will of God in him, as to the repose of any trust or confidence in them for our rest and satisfaction, is an eminent act of that faith whereby we walk with God, Jeremiah 3:23-24; Hosea 14:2-3. Hebrews 11–13-New Testament Teacher Resource Manual. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/znt/hebrews-11.html. That, therefore, which is ascribed unto these believers is, that on all occasions they avowedly professed that their interest was not in nor of this world; but they had such a satisfactory portion in the promises which they embraced, as that they publicly renounced a concernment in the world like that of other men, whose portion is in this life. These means Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, who never lived to see the fulfilment of the promises. 1. This firm persuasion of the truth of God in the accomplishment of his promises unto us, upon a discovery of their worth and excellency, is the second act of faith, wherein the life of it doth principally consist. Christ, as the Word, was preached to the Old Testament believers, and so became the seed of life to their souls, as He is to ours. πόῤῥωθεν, “e longe,” “e longinquo,” “eminus;” “afar off,” at a great distance. And in the close of this discourse, he affirmeth of them who lived in Canaan in its greatest glory, and possessed it in quietness, as Samuel and David, that they received, not the promise, verse 39. [2.] Hebrews 11:13 "These all died in faith." https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/hebrews-11.html. And confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth — That their interest, hopes, and enjoyments were not in this world, but in another which they expected. And because this kind of salutation is usually expressed by stretching out the hands to receive and embrace that which is saluted, it is used also for “to embrace;” which is the most proper sense of it in this place. 1857. Greek. Hebrews 11:13-16 (NKJV) These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Hebrews 10:11 Every priest stands daily * ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; (NASB: Lockman) Greek: Kai pas men iereus esteken kath' emeran leitourgon kai tas autas pollakis prospheron thusias, aitines oudepote dunantai perielein amartias. putting aside this idea that it might be their old home they were seeking, κρείττονος ὀρέγονται, τοῦτʼ ἔστιν ἐπουρανίου, it is a better, that is, a heavenly they aspire after. 1. And, —, Obs. afar off = from afar. What a joke! If we distinguish these two sorts; ξένοι, “strangers,” are such as are always moving, having no abiding place at all, — such as was the state of our Lord Jesus Christ during his ministry, when he “had not where to lay his head;” παρεπίδημοι, or “pilgrims,” are such as take up an abode for a season, without an intermixture with the rights, duties, or privileges of the place wherein they are. 12. Had a portion in this world been what they desired, the stronger the desire the more would their souls have cleaved to the dust; but they did not mind earthly things; they looked beyond this vain and perishing world to the better and heavenly country, the city of which they had become citizens by faith. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. These all.—The Apostle does not here refer to Abel, Enoch, and Noah; for Enoch did not die; and, not being mindful of that country from which they came out, is not applicable to Abel and Noah, but to Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, and Jacob, who all died in faith, holding fast the beginning of their confidence steadfast to the end. It is true, they discerned not distinctly and particularly the whole of what was contained in them; but they considered them, and diligently inquired into the mind of God in them, 1 Peter 1:11-12. Introduction. "Commentary on Hebrews 11:13". Faith of the Ancients. For the promises being made to Abraham personally, and to his immediate descendants, the apostle could not say of them that they died, not having received the promises; but he might justly say, they died not having received the things promised. This verse repeats that sentiment, using the Greek word spoudasōmen, meaning "strive, labor, or effort." God had given unto them, confirmed and repeated, the great promise of the blessing Seed, as a recoverer from the state of sin, misery, and death. Hebrews 13 is a mixture of warnings, requests and final exhortations. There were three degrees of the actings of their faith, with respect unto the promises themselves: 3dly. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/hebrews-11.html. ῾ομολογία is the “profession” that we make of our faith and hope, 2 Corinthians 9:13; 1 Timothy 6:12; Hebrews 3:1; Hebrews 4:14; Hebrews 10:23. We learned that a covenant is made between two or more people, like God and mankind. These all - beginning with "Abraham" (Hebrews 11:8): to whom the promises were made (Galatians 3:16 : cf. Like this, In a pseudepigraph book called the 4th book of Baruch, Baruch writes that Jeremiah took the keys to the temple and gave them to the sun. — κατὰ πίστιν ἀπέθανον οὗτοι πάντες, μὴ λαβόντες τὰς ἐπαγγελίας, ἀλλὰ πόῤῥωθεν αὐτὰς ἰδόντες, καὶ πεισθέντες, καὶ ἀσπασάμενοι, καὶ ὁμολογήαντες ὅτι ξένοι καὶ παρεπίδημοί εἰσιν ἐπί τῆς γῆς. The Patriarchs all died as foreigners in Canaan, without seeing their descendants become as many as the stars in the sky. And, —, Obs. It has often been alleged that that great word faith has a different signification in this Epistle from that which it has in the other New Testament writings. We continue in our verse by verse Bible study in the Book of Hebrews on Wednesday Nights with Pastor Gino Geraci at Calvary South Denver in Littleton CO. This was that “better thing which God provided for us” under the new testament, “that they without us should not be made perfect,” Hebrews 11:40. What does Hebrews 11:13 mean? aspazomai. Faith brought the glories of the better country to their view, and this dimmed the lustre of all earthly splendor, and worldly pursuits and enjoyments. 1 Chronicles 29:15. BibliographyZerr, E.M. "Commentary on Hebrews 11:13". When death came it did not rob them of their faith. "Commentary on Hebrews 11:13". Hebrews 11:13 All these people died in faith, without having received the things they were promised. And were persuaded of them, and embraced them; Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture. God is Not Ashamed to Be Called Their God (Hebrews 11:14-16) Hebrews 11:17-19. "John Owen Exposition of Hebrews". 4 * By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice greater than Cain’s. 3dly. What does this verse really mean? And this is the first act of faith with respect unto divine promises, namely, the discerning or understanding of the goodness, wisdom, love, and grace of God in them, suited unto our deliverance and salvation. The due understanding of the whole old testament, with the nature of the faith and obedience of all the saints under it, depends on this one truth, that they believed things that were not yet actually, exhibited nor enjoyed. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". They looked on the promises, they saw them as a map, wherein was drawn up the whole scheme of divine wisdom, goodness, and grace, for their deliverance from the state of sin and misery; but at such a distance as that they could not clearly discern the things themselves, but only saw a shadow of them. 'Whosoever professes he has a Father in heaven, confesses himself a stranger on earth; hence, there is in the heart an ardent longing, like that of a child among strangers, in want and grief, far from his fatherland' (Luther); "Like ships in seas, while in, above the world.'. The word respects time, and not distance of place; “e longinquo.” It was then a long space of time before those promises were to be accomplished. νῦν δὲ, “but as the case actually stands” (Hebrews 8:6, Hebrews 9:26; 1 Corinthians 15:20, etc.) These believers professed that it was not so with them, that this was not their rest; they did but wander about in the world for a season. For, on this their dying in faith, God after death “was not ashamed to be called their God,” Hebrews 11:16. See Genesis 23:4. Faith has its reasons. For sight or knowledge, with trust or assured persuasion, and adherence with love, comprise the whole work of faith. a. "Commentary on Hebrews 11:13". (3.) THE great roll-call of heroes of faith in this grand chapter goes upon the supposition that the living spirit of religion was the same in Old and in New Testament times. — Hebrews 11:13. And, —, Obs. It was Christ in the promise, even before his coming, that was the life of the church in all ages. And so it is well rendered, “in faith. This profession made Abraham, Genesis 23:4; and Jacob, Genesis 47:8-9; and David, 1 Chronicles 29:15, Psalms 39:12. epi tēs gēs- might mean merely on the land of Canaan, but the apostle evidently uses it in a larger sense as denoting the earth in general. Upon the proposal of these instances, because there was somewhat peculiar in them, distinct from those before recounted and those which follow after, namely, their pilgrim estate after the call of Abraham, the apostle diverts unto the declaration of what they did, what they attained, and what they professed in that state, His entrance into it is in this verse. i. A resignation and trust of their departing souls into the care and power of God, when they understood not how they could continue in their own conduct. and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/hebrews-11.html. Frequent in N.T., to seek, search for. I. I take two or three of the points which come most plainly out from the words before us, and ask you to notice, in the first place, how faith fills eye and heart with the future. And were persuaded of them. 9. That is, they (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah) did not die in possession of what had been promised (Hebrews 11:39), but saw at a distance the blessings of which God had spoken (Hebrews 11:1). [1.] Hebrews 11:13-16 New International Version (NIV) 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. Hebrews 11:13-16 demonstrates how these heroes of faith were motivated by their spiritual vision and steadfast belief in God’s promises: “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. "Commentary on Hebrews 11:13". (Comp. See Matthew 10:32; Luke 12:8; Romans 10:9-10. 1871-8. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jcp/hebrews-11.html. 4. Wherefore this promise is no other but that of the actual exhibition of Christ in the flesh, with all the privileges of the church thereby, which the apostle had so fully insisted on, chapters 7-10, foregoing. They were “persuaded of them,” — fully or certainly persuaded of them, as the word is used frequently. As well as remembering to pray for leaders in the church. 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