Hebrews Chapter Eleven part 5, A study of Hebrews 11:27, Hebrews 11:28, Hebrews 11:29, and Hebrews 11:30 & 31 featuring our Common Man's Commentary

Hebrews 11:27

"By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible." NIV translation

We continue with the example of Moses as he fled Egypt and went to Midian. It would have been a grave insult to the king for Moses to give up his position in the palace. He left for Midian and lived there for forty years as God prepared him for his mission. 

Hebrews 11:28

"By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel." NIV translation

When instructed, Moses and all of Israel trusted God. They demonstrated this trust by placing the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of their homes. It is easy for us to see this but they had no prior knowledge of the redeeming power of blood.

Hebrews 11:29

"By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned." NIV translation

It is hard to imagine the parting of the sea and the great walls of water on each side. It had to be scary to take that long walk through but the people did and were witnesses of the fact that God protected them from the Egyptians that tried to follow. God had their back and He has ours as well.

Hebrews 11:30 & 31

"By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days. By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient." NIV translation

The next example of faith is the army of Israel and the attack on Jericho. Instead of the traditional military attack, the men simply had to march around the city walls on a daily basis and trust in God to handle it. God could have simply caused the walls to fall when the Israelites first approached the city but He did not. This is a reminder that God desires a demonstration of faith over time and not just a little profession of belief. During this conquest, Rahab was preserved even though she was a Gentile but she had believed that God had given the land to the Israelites.