Hebrews 11:28 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Hebrews 11:28, NIV: By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

Hebrews 11:28, ESV: By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.

Hebrews 11:28, KJV: Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

Hebrews 11:28, NASB: By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch them.

Hebrews 11:28, NLT: It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons.

Hebrews 11:28, CSB: By faith he instituted the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn might not touch the Israelites.

What does Hebrews 11:28 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Moses is credited with demonstrating exactly the kind of "faith" God requires of us. This faith is not mere belief, and it is certainly not blind. Instead, it is based on what we know of God, trusting in Him for those things in the future we do not know and do not understand (Hebrews 11:1–3). This leads to obedience, even when we're unable to see all of the details. Abraham is held up as a prime example of this kind of faith (Hebrews 11:17–19), as is Moses himself (Hebrews 11:24–27). Moses, for his part, was willing to be identified with the people of Israel, though he could have remained in his adoptive Egyptian palace, instead (Exodus 2:1–10). Later in life, Moses would again demonstrate godly faith by taking Israel out of Egypt, risking the wrath of Pharaoh, but trusting in God to make good on His word.

Moses' actions during the first Passover also serve to demonstrate trusting obedience to God. Once again, God presented a scenario with consequences, and instructions, but no absolute proof or deep details. All Moses and the people really knew was that God wanted them to follow His commands. Moses had seen more than enough of God's goodness to trust Him, and so Moses obeyed by following the Passover instructions: sprinkling blood on the doorways of Israel. This obedience led to exactly the results God had promised: those homes were spared from the death of the firstborn, the last and worst of Egypt's plagues (Exodus 12:21–30).