By faith, they “quenched the power of fire” (Heb. 11:34). It refers to Shaddrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Their hair and clothes did not burn. There was no smell of fire from them (Dan. 3:27). The power of God quenched the fire. But the writer says that they quenched the fire by faith. Faith relies on the power of God to overcome the impossible.
By faith, they “escaped the edge of the sword” (v. 34). To escape the sword is to escape violent death. (Ellingworth) Moses escaped the sword of Pharaoh. That is why he named his son, “Eliezer (for he said, “The God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh”) (Ex. 18:4).
By faith, they “were made strong out of weakness” (v. 34). Samson prayed for strength against the Philistines (Judg. 16:28). God answered his prayer. Samson brought down the whole house, killing 3,000 Philistines.
By faith, they “became mighty in war” (v. 34). Barak’s men fought Sisera’s army and there was not a man left (Judg. 4:16).
By faith, they also “put foreign armies to flight” (v. 34). The verb “put to flight” (klino) means “to cause to flee or run away from . . . ‘to rout.'” (Louw-Nida) The word “armies” (parembole) means “battle line” (Gingrich) or “an army in battle array.” (Ellingworth) It depicts an army of soldiers standing in battle formation. By faith they broke battle formations of soldiers and caused them to turn around and run away from battle. David and his men burst through the battle formation of the Philistines in Baal-perazim. David said, “‘The Lord has burst through my enemies before me like a bursting flood.’ Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim [lord of bursting through]” (2 Sam. 5:20). It caused the turning and running away of the Philistine army.
Are you facing a trial, trouble, or tribulation today? Have faith in God! Faith shall break through any trial or trouble before you today.