It’s By Faith!

Scripture reading for December 15th: Hebrews 11-13

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for.  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” Hebrews 11:1-3

One of the foundational aspects of our faith is trusting God as creator of all things.  God alone has the wisdom and power to create the universe or cosmos out of nothing with his simple command!  This particular aspect of faith is attacked in our land today by those who put their faith in the theory of evolution.  Evolution is a type of religious system that puts time and chance as key ingredients to finding the basis of beginning in all things.  A creator is ruled out and intelligent design is believed to be the simple product of chance or random happenings over millions or billions of years.

We who trust God and His word know by His revelation how creation began.  God simply spoke a command and it happened.   Faith trusts what we cannot see but what God has said.  Faith’s object is always God or His word.  God does not lie.  He is absolute truth and His word is also truth!  The Bible records a number of human beings who trusted God’s word and were commended by Him.  There is a portion of that list in the rest of Hebrews 11! I want to focus on just one of these ancients, Enoch, who was the seventh generation from Adam through Seth.

“By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away.  For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:5-6)

Enoch was known as a man who walked with God.  He was a prophet who warned of the coming of the Lord with His holy angels in judgment.  His only recorded message is found in Jude 14-15.  Enoch began to walk with God after the birth of his son, Methuselah.  (Genesis 5:21-24) The name “Methuselah” has a meaning of judgment coming when he dies.  The flood came in the year Methuselah died and he lived longer than any other man recorded in Scripture.  Enoch so walked with God, that he was snatched up to heaven without death and became a type of faith-walker that would inspire others throughout the ages!

There is no other means of pleasing God!  Jesus is coming again.  Will you walk with God today as if that were true and warn others about this coming event?  Your reward will be better than Methuselah’s!  We have a better resurrection in Jesus Christ!  (Hebrews 11:39-40)

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