These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them…
If you expected to make California your home in the next six months, would you not be interested in that country? I once knew an old man whose son went out to Oregon, where he became prosperous, purchased a great farm, and was getting it under magnificent cultivation. He often wrote home to his family about Oregon and his prosperity. By and by he sent for his brother to come out there and live with him; and then he sent for his sister and her husband. One by one, all the boys and their wives, and all the sisters and their husbands, were settled and prospering in Oregon. That old man was far more interested in Oregon than Indiana, where he was born and had lived all his days. He had many books on Oregon; he studied Oregon, its climate and soil, its increasing population, its commerce and prospects. Presently the son wrote to the old man, "We are coming for you, father." After that the old man was more interested than ever. He talked about Oregon more and more, when he went to visit his neighbours or his neighbours came to visit him; he talked to his farm hands; up and down the streets he talked about Oregon, until some people thought he had well-nigh gone crazy. Do we not often forget that "our citizenship is in heaven, from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ"? (Philippians 3:20). Have we not sometimes forgotten that He said, "I go to prepare a place for you," and "if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also"? (John 14:1-37). Oh, what .interests we have there!
(G. F. Pentecost, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.