The famous people in the media show a lifestyle imitated by millions, but they depend on their fans to maintain their life. In a similar way, the patriarchs and biblical figures seem larger than life, but Christians should not think that, as much as they showed faith, they summed up the final work of God.
And these all were commended for their faith, yet they did not receive what was promised. For God had provided something better for us, so that they would be made perfect together with us.
Hebrews 11:39-40 NET
In the great chapter of faith, after the list of the patriarchs who were faithful without having received the promise, vacillating Jewish Christians thought of the time of the patriarchs as a golden era of Judaism. But the author of Hebrews affirms that they only completed the course of their faith together with the readers, in Christ.
Christians should follow the example of faith of the great figures of the past, but ought not to think that abandoning Christ is the way to receive the promise that everyone finds in the Son of God.