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Question: In the book of Hebrews, chapter 11, the apostle Paul lists faithful men and women who all died before they received what God had promised them. What were the promises they did not receive?
Answer: Hebrews 11 is indeed an education into God's plan of salvation. Although this subject is vastly dealt with in many Scriptures, this chapter alone explains a lot. It is worth studying from verses 1 to 40.
In chapter 11 many ancient servants of God are being cited, and are called elders (verse 2). Beginning with Abel and ending with Samuel and adding God's prophets (verse 32) the Scripture lumps them all together, as far as the reward is concerned. A little clue comes from verses 8 and 9 where the patriarchs are promised land as an eternal inheritance.
The patriarchs Abraham, Issac and Jacob all died without receiving God's promises in their lifetime. That promise has been made more specific in previous Old Testament Scriptures. Beginning in Genesis 17, in addressing Abraham, God makes a covenant of promises. He states that Abram descendants will be huge in number and that he and they will ultimately receive Canaan as an everlasting possession.
We find the promise repeated in Genesis 26:3-5 and Genesis 28:13-15. These promises regarded Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who died without receiving the possession of the land of Canaan in their lifetime. Yet Hebrews 11 lumps them together with all the remaining patriarchs, Abel, Enoch, etc., so that all of them were looking for a promise (reward) not obtained in their lifetime. They were not expecting it in their lifetime. Obviously they all knew of a common reward, but not the land of Canaan. A clue to this reward comes from the chapter of Hebrews you cited. Moses was not specifically mentioned in the covenant with Abraham, yet he was expecting a reward. Paul says Moses who willing to endure rejection and affliction because "he looked to the reward." (Hebrews 11:26).