Hall of Faith: Joseph Was Faithful

We discussed how Mary belonged in the Hall of Faith {although no one in the New Testament is mentioned in this list of spiritual giants}, but Mary was not alone on her journey. She had Joseph to walk beside her on this journey. We know little about Joseph, but we’re told he “went up from Galilee, out of the city […]

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Hall of Faith: Mary, Always Had Faith

No one mentioned in the New Testament is actually listed in the Hall of Faith. However, there are some in the New Testament that definitely deserves to be in the New Testament. More than anyone would be Mary and Joseph, the earthly parents of Jesus. They truly walked in faith and believed when the angel appeared to them. In the […]

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Hall of Faith: Jonah, the Rebellious

We all know the story of Jonah and the Whale. However, the story of how Jonah ended up in the whale is not as well known. The name Jonah means dove. “Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is […]

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Hall of Faith: Hosea, was Obedient

Hosea was a prophet of God, who was called upon to live his life as a lesson and example for the nation of Israel. His obedience is why he belongs in the Hall of Faith. Hosea means salvation, He saves or He helps. “The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a […]

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Hall of Faith: Elisha, the Miracle Worker

Elisha was mentored by Elijah and with his mentor when he was taken to heaven. Elisha actually asked to receive a “double portion” of Elijah’s spirit. Elisha was a prophet, who received the power of Elijah, and was able to perform miracles. This is why he belongs in the Hall of Faith. Elisha means my God is salvation. God tells […]

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Hall of Faith: Elijah, Walked with God

  Elijah is one of only two people mentioned in the Bible as being “taken into heaven”. However, time and again he proved his faith to God and took a stand for righteousness. The name Elijah means my God is Yahweh. The story of Elijah is found in 1 & 2 Kings. In 1 Kings 17:1, we are introduced to […]

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Hall of Faith: Ezekiel, Saw the Future

As we have discussed, the Hall of Fame in Hebrews 11, refers to those that have visions. Ezekiel is a prophet that had visions, just as Joseph and Daniel had visions. The name Ezekiel means God strengthens. The story of Ezekiel is found in the book with his name in the Old Testament. The book contains many of his visions, […]

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Hall of Faith: Jeremiah, Lived Out His Calling

In the Hall of Faith, we are told “And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment” {Hebrews 11:36} belong in this special group. The prophet, Jeremiah, fits this description. The name Jeremiah means may God Exalt or exalted of the Lord. Jeremiah 1 recounts his calling from God. “ But the Lord said unto me, Say […]

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Hall of Faith: Micaiah, was not afraid

In the Hall of Faith, is listed those who were moreover of bonds and imprisonment. Micaiah is one of those whom this refers to. The name Micaiah means who is like God. Micaiah should not be confused with the prophet, Micah. The story of Micaiah can be found in 1 Kings 22. King Jehoshaphat of Judah goes to visit King […]

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Hall of Faith: Zechariah, Spoke Out in Truth

In the Hall of Faith, is described as “they were stoned”. In 2 Chronicles, Zechariah is a son of one of the high priest. He is regarded as one of the prophets. In 2 Chronicles 24, Zechariah stands before the people and speaks out about the wickedness of King Joash. Verse 20 says, “Then the Spirit of God came on Zechariah […]

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Hall of Faith: Jeremiah, Praised God in Adversity

In the Hall of Faith is mentioned and others had trial of cruel mockings and yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment. One of those that endured mockings and imprisonment was the prophet, Jeremiah. The name Jeremiah means God exalts. Jeremiah was a Benjamite. He is also refereed to as the weeping prophet. In the early days of is ministry, Jeremiah […]

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Hall of Faith: The Shunammite Woman, Acted in Faith

In the Hall of Faith are mentioned the women received their dead by a resurrection. Last week we took a look at the widow of Zarephath. The prophet Elijah was used by God to provide food in the time of famine and raise her son from the dead. In 2 Kings 4, we find a second account of a child […]

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Hall of Faith: Widow of Zarephath, Witness to Two Miracles

In the Hall of Faith, women received their dead by a resurrection are mentioned in Hebrews 11:35. One of these we know of is the widow of Zarephath. The story is found in 1 Kings 17, which also pertains the first visit of the prophet Elijah. Elijah went to King Arab to give him a message from God that there […]

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Hall of Faith: Hezekiah, Humbled Himself Before God

In the Hall of Fame, we are told that “out of my weaknesses were made strong”. Samson was made strong due to his hair and David was given strength to fight Goliath. One of whom God gave strength out of weakness and a miraculous recovery was King Hezekiah. He was king of Judah and son of King Ahaz. The name […]

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Hall of Faith: Amram and Jochebed, they Trusted

Moses parents were listed in the Hall of Faith. “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months by his parents, because they saw he was a goodly child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.” {Hebrews 11:23} Moses mother was named Jochebed, which means God is glory. She is described as a daughter of Levi, […]

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Hall of Faith: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, stood up for their beliefs Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are not mentioned by name in the Hall of Faith, but referred to as “quenched the fire”. {Hebrews 11:34}. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were friends of Daniel, who escaped the lions den. They also suffered under the hand of King Nebuchadnezzar. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are the […]

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Hall of Faith: Daniel, Sought Wisdom

Last week, we discussed Samuel.  He is the last individual mentioned by name in the Hall of Faith, found in Hebrews 11.  However, there are many others described in the Hall of Faith that allows us to know who they are.  We will be covering these individuals in the following weeks. In Hebrews 11:33, we are told “who through faith subdued […]

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Hall of Faith: Samuel, A Man of God

Samuel is the last person mentioned by name in the Hall of Faith {Hebrews 11}. The meaning of the name Samuel is: Name of God; asked of God; heard by God. Samuel has two books in the Old Testament named for him and was a great prophet, anointing the first two kings of Israel. 1 Samuel begins with the story of Hannah, Samuel’s mother, […]

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Hall of Faith: David flawed, but faithful

David is described as a man after God’s own heart. {1 Samuel 13:14}, so it is no surprise that he made the Hall of Faith. We first meet David as a young shepherd boy and watch him grow from a man anointed by God, to a man on the run, to King of Israel, to a man driven by desire […]

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Hall of Faith: Jephthah, Sacrificial Obedience

Jephthah made the ultimate sacrifice when he chose to be obedient to God. The name Jephthah means to open. Jephthah did not have an easy life. From the very beginning the odds were stacked against him. He was the son of a harlot and his half-brothers, through his father Gilead, drove him away. {Judges 11:1-3} But, Jephthah rose above all […]

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