Bible: Hebrews 11:8-19
11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he would later receive as an inheritance, and he went out without understanding where he was going. 11:9 By faith he lived as a foreigner 1 in the promised land as though it were a foreign country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs 2 of the same promise. 11:10 For he was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, 3 whose architect and builder is God. 11:11 By faith, even though Sarah herself was barren and he was too old, 4 he received the ability to procreate, 5 because he regarded the one who had given the promise to be trustworthy. 11:12 So in fact children 6 were fathered by one man – and this one as good as dead – like the number of stars in the sky and like the innumerable grains of sand 7 on the seashore. 8 11:13 These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, 9 but they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they were strangers and foreigners 10 on the earth. 11:14 For those who speak in such a way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 11:15 In fact, if they had been thinking of the land that they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 11:16 But as it is, 11 they aspire to a better land, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He had received the promises, 12 yet he was ready to offer up 13 his only son. 11:18 God had told him, “Through Isaac descendants will carry on your name,” 14 11:19 and he reasoned 15 that God could even raise him from the dead, and in a sense 16 he received him back from there.