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41) Hebrews - Chapter 11:35-40 - By faith (continued 6)
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Women received their dead by a resurrection; the widow of Zarephath, (1st Kings 17:21).  Elijah dwelt there, and
Elijah raised her dead son. 2nd Kings 4:34.  The Shumanite woman's son raised by Elisha.  Others were tortured.  
This also may be translated, "beaten to death."  Torture is not always done by heathens, but has been done in the
name of God.

Torture seemed a small thing when they were seeking a resurrection that God could give; when men have a faith,
hope, and a love for God, man cannot touch it.

Scourging in the synagogue was common.

Several instances of imprisonments are mentioned.  Joseph was cast into prison.  Jeremiah was lowered into a
dungeon of mire (Jeremiah 37:16; Jeremiah 38:6).  "Bonds" refers to being bound in fetters and shackles.  This was
a common experience for the apostles.

They were stoned.  An example is Zechariah.  He was the son of Jehoiada; Joash, king of Judah, had him stoned.  
2nd Chronicles 24:20-22.  Stephen, the first New Testament martyr, experienced this.

They were sawn asunder.  The Talmud says that this happened to Isaiah by the order of Manasseh, king of Judah.

Wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes of the earth.  These places were places of refuge for
persecuted men and women.  God's great outdoors is a safer place for man than in the presence of the unbeliever.  
These all having had witness borne to them through their faith.  If these had the light of grace and were faithful, how
much more should we be.  We have the full sunlight of God's grace upon us.  If a spark led them to seek the
promise, the full light should enable us to attain.

God has provided some better thing concerning us.  This must refer to the atonement through Christ.  This is done
through Christ.  Hebrews 12:23, "We are come to the spirits of just men made perfect."  This perfecting looks
forward to that salvation consummated at the coming of Christ.  Hebrews 9:28: "To them that wait for Him unto
salvation."  It includes the redemption of the body.  Romans 13:11.  Enoch has already been made perfect -
Hebrews 12:23 refers to him:  "Ye are come unto the spirits of just men made perfect."  Spirits are made perfect, but
bodies are not.  Someday, however, we will have a glorious new body, 1st Corinthians 15.