Hebrews 11 is often referred to as the “Hall of Fame for Faith”, listing some of the most faithful men and women of God in the Old Testament.
4 By faith Abel…
5 By faith Enoch..
7By faith Noah..
8 By faith Abraham… And by faith even Sarah,
20By faith Isaac…
21By faith Jacob..
22By faith Joseph…
24 By faith Moses…
31 By faith the prostitute Rahab…
32. …I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith… (Heb 11:4-32)
But if we delve a bit deeper, we would realized some of the guys above, their faithful deeds notwithstanding, should be disqualified by normal worldly standards.
To name a notable few:
– Abraham: Lied about his status with his wife, Sarah, not once but twice… to save his own skin.
– Sarah: Pushed Abraham to sleep with a female servant so as to “assist” God in bringing the promised son to her hubby (an act of unbelief).
– Isaac: Lied about his status with his wife, Rachel, to save his own skin (talk about like father, like son).
– Jacob: Lied on his father’s deathbed (with the help of his mother, Rachel) and “stole” Esau’s blessings of the first-born.
– Rahab: A prostitute. Says it all…
– David: Almost everyone knows of his affair with Bathsheba (hmm… the name). No need for elaboration here.
While many people (Christians included) have this mistaken notion men/women of faith must be of flawless character and behaviour, the Bible clearly demonstrated that faith has nothing to do with deeds.
We are called righteous today NOT because we have a spotless, squeaky-clean record book, but because of God’s perfect grace through Jesus’ perfect sacrifice.