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32 And [kai] what [tis] shall I [lego] more [eti] say [lego]?
the time [chronos] would fail [epileipo] me [me] to tell [diegeomai] of [peri] Gedeon [Gedeon], and [te] of Barak [Barak], and [kai] of Samson [Sampson], and [kai] of Jephthae [Iephthae]; of David [Dabid] also [kai], and [te] Samuel [Samouel], and [kai] of the prophets [prophetes]:
33 Who [hos] through [dia] faith [pistis] subdued [katagonizomai] kingdoms [basileia],
wrought [ergazomai] righteousness [dikaiosune], obtained [epitugchano]
promises [epaggelia], stopped [phrasso] the mouths [stoma] of lions
Quenched [sbennumi] the violence [dunamis] of
fire [pur], escaped [pheugo] the edge [stoma] of the
sword [machaira], out of [apo] weakness [astheneia] were
made strong [endunamoo], waxed [ginomai] valiant [ischuros] in [en] fight [polemos], turned to
flight [klino] the armies [parembole] of the aliens [allotrios]. KJV-Interlinear
32 And what
more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson,
Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed
acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched
the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made
strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. NASB
Reference is made to six
men from the Old Testament, to prophets in general, and an inference to Daniel
and the lions den, and to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego and the quenching of
the power of the fire into which they were thrown.
Of all of these people, and
this is but a short list of examples of folks that are considered to be great
men of God, none of them were perfect in any way.
Gideon was considered to be
the least of the least of his people. He
wasn t much of a believer or even a man of faith in the beginning. Yet, God chose him to lead an attack with
only 300 men, against an army that numbered into the thousands. And more than that, his 300 men had only trumpets,
torches and pitchers with which they conducted their attack.
Barak is generally unknown even
by folks who read the Bible. His story
occurs in Judg. 4-5. He is told to
launch an attack against an army who outnumbers his own. This he does even though he refuses to attack
unless Deborah, the Judge of that time, accompanies him. She does and he receives no credit for the
Although he led the attack
and was successful, he was not interested in getting credit, only in having the
symbol of God, accompany him. He feared
God more than his enemy. He relied on
God more than he wanted his ego credited.
Samson was yet another
leader of his time. Though he was self
centered and immature, he never doubted the source of his great physical
strength and the miraculous power that God gave him.
Jephthah was a foolish
man. He boasted in his vows as though
God would accept his vows as some sort of bargaining chip. God honored his faith, despite his
foolishness. Jephthah traded away his
only child for Gods help. That trade was
unnecessary and could have been avoided, but even in his faith in Gods help,
Jephthah was blinded to restrictions from his own invented beliefs.
David is probably one of
the more known personalities. He was a
brash young man, yet brave. He trusted
in God yet he was not without his own sins.
He had many wives, many mistresses, and he even got himself involved in
murder. He did not get away with
anything in life. God never authorizes
sin or crime in anyway, but God does honor faith.
God does not ever allow a
person to get away with the abuse of faith either. So do not think that you can have life both
ways. You are not that smart. And only a fool might think that he is smart
enough to get away with a little sin here and there.
Samuel was a prophet. He did not fight foreign enemies, but he did
have his hands full with the people of his country. Often times our greater problems come from
people who are closest to us. The reason for these problems are generally because we are not
all on the same page when we look at life.
Married couples do not get
along because they do not have the same plans for their lives. Families break apart because they all have
different plans for themselves. The same
problem exists in politics, in business, in social organizations.
Aren t we lucky that in
Gods plan, all three members of the trinity have and live by the same identical
came up with it in eternity past and they all signed off on the same plan, and
they have all kept with that plan and will never depart from it.
The Trinity all agreed that
the Father would be the ultimate authority, that the Son would execute that
plan and be the means of access to it, and that the
Spirit would sustain and reveal all that is.
Any other plan (religion) would be rejected.
In life we will all have
different personalities, different goals in life, different views in life, and
certainly we will all have our failures, misunderstandings, and misconceptions
in life. But regardless of our failures,
God always honors one thing faith. And
not just any faith, but the only legitimate faith which is constructed by the
daily study and function of the Word of God.
The list of great people of
the Bible is a long list. The list of
great believers in human history is a long list. But they are very short when compared to the
list of people who have failed in life because of their indifference toward God
or doctrine, which is a huge, huge list.
You should consider on
which list you want to be included the long list or the short list.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.