Hebrews 11, called by some the Faith Chapter, spends 34 verses talking about the giants of the faith.
And then, these verses appear...
Hebrews 11:35b But
others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set
They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection.
36 Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips.
Others were chained in prisons.
died by stoning,
some were sawed in half,
and others were killed with
Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute
and oppressed and mistreated.
38 They were too good for this world,
wandering over deserts and mountains,
hiding in caves and holes in the ground.
39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised.
40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.
I believe that all those mentioned in the
first 34 verses, although they be giants of the faith, were the
EXCEPTION, while those talked about in verse 35 onward were THE RULE.
Today, we hold up the high & mighty as living examples of all that is good & pure in the world.
let us never forget that the Kingdom is held together, & carried
forward, with ordinary people, serving an extra-ordinary God.
You and I are part of the billions of unsung heros of the faith through the millenia,
who are who we are,
living lives of servanthood,
loving as He loves,
& going about our lives being the feet & legs of the One who loves us so.