And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning;[a] they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreat the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
One of the remarkable pictures in this chapter 11 is that not only those who achieved great things through faith are portrayed but also those who suffered but in the midst of great sufferings ravelled in joy and peace to the astonishment of the persecutors. I was imprisoned because of the gospel but while in prison with desecration I was in peace slept soundly well Commanders and general try to bring out of prison.
Finally Faith is like a relay race where you chose the best to be at the beginning and at the end encase any mistakes could be covered up by the last person. V40 said they ran without obtaining the promise as they cannot be perfect without us. God chose and trust us to entrusted with the gospel in this last generation. So the best is yet to come. Shalom