By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice.1 He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,
even though God had said to him, "It is through Isaac that your offspringa will be reckoned."b219
Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead,3 and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.421
By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons,5 and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.623
By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born,7 because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.824
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter.925
He chose to be mistreated10 along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.
He regarded disgrace11 for the sake of Christ12 as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.1327
By faith he left Egypt,14 not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.