Tenth Sunday After Pentecost
Hebrews 11:29 – 12:2
29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were [a]drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down [b]after the Israelites had marched around them for seven days. 31 By faith the prostitute Rahab did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies [c]in peace. 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. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their [d]release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; 36 and others [e]experienced mocking and flogging, and further, chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, [f]they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented 38 (people of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts, on mountains, and sheltering in caves and holes [g]in the ground. 39 And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive [h]what was promised, 40 because God had [i]provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect. Hebrews 12 1 Therefore, since we also have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let’s rid ourselves of every obstacle and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking only at Jesus, the [j]originator and perfecter of the faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.