But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.
By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac. He who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son,
of whom he had been told, "It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you."
He considered the fact that God is able even to raise someone from the dead—and figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
By faith Isaac invoked blessings for the future on Jacob and Esau.
By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, "bowing in worship over the top of his staff."
By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave instructions about his burial. a23
By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after his birth, because they saw that the child was beautiful; and they were not afraid of the king's edict. b24
By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called a son of Pharaoh's daughter,
choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
He considered abuse suffered for the Christ c to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the reward.
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