#50 In The Series "HEBREWS - The New And Living Way (And Why It's Better Than The Old Covenant)"
There is a planned progression in these opening verses of chapter twelve. Our writer follows the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in a way that instructs us all not to waste or miss the proper use of the list of exemplars of faith in chapter eleven.
It is our nature to be inspired by examples. It is our nature to want to mimic their faith and devotion. One might easily jump to the conclusion that these dear souls persisted in faith toward God and now I will do the same. And that's certainly a noble aspiration. Let's all lay down our lives in faith just as Abraham and Jacob and Moses and Joseph and David did.
And that's where today's important text comes in. Is that what's next on the agenda? Let's all copy the faith of these early saints? Not quite. It's important to note our text doesn't read, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also copy their faith(12:1)." While we must study and know the Biblical accounts faith can't just be mimicked. There are roots to it.