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Devotional - week of April 13, 2003


THOSE OTHERS

Others were tortured … Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.  Hebrews 11:35b-36

One cannot read Hebrews 11, “the faith chapter” of the Bible, without rejoicing at the mighty acts of God in response to faith.

However, after relating the mighty acts of God’s in response to faith, the author turns to the theme of “others” whose faith resulted in grace of a different type.

First, consider further descriptions of the lot in life of the “others.”

They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented … Hebrews 11:37

While there are no stories of mighty deliverances for the “others,” there are statements of great significance. The “others” were:

… not accepting deliverance …  Hebrews 11:35

Faith enabled the “others” to receive persecution in victory. Hebrews 11:38 testifies that the “others” were people:

… of whom the world was not worthy.

Verse 39a adds that the others had:

…obtained a good testimony …

The author concludes that the “others,” along with us, will be perfected.

God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.  Hebrews 11:40

You may be one of the “others” of whom the world is not worthy, living in victory under painful circumstances, and awaiting God’s perfective work upon leaving this life.

Your good testimony is an inspiration to all who know you.