To Summarize Our Messages on The Patriarchs from Hebrews Chapter 11,
A Goal of LCF’s Ministry of God’s Word Is To Help Us Worship, Walk and Work For God.
“Faith Worships, Walks and Works” Hebrews 1: 1-7
By Faith Abel Worshipped Right
Heb. 11: 1 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous.
God commending him by accepting his gifts.
And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks, the gospel.
The central message of the Bible is …
- Jesus came to show us social justice.
- Our sin separates us from a Holy God.
- God loves us, so it
Heb. 11: 5 By Faith Enoch Walked Right
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found (though people apparently looked for him), because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.
Riddle: Who was the oldest man in the Bible, who died before his father? ________________________. (For the answer, see our message, using this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NApjryMgXQ and move the cursor forward to 35: 28! 🙂
Noah worked right
By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear (took God-fearing caution) and constructed an ark for the saving of his household (participated in God’s deliverance and salvation of which his household also became beneficiaries).
Noah’s reverent obedience condemned (judge worthy of punishment) the world and qualified him to become an heir (an inheritor) of the righteousness that comes by faith.
Heb. 11: 6 Heb. 11: 6 Being Able To Belief is A blessing From god.
To Act By Faith which means …
• to be properly persuaded to trust God
• to be gifted by God to believe and respond to divine persuasion.
• This gift to respond to God is quite distinct from and never can be produced by mere human effort.
• It endows the recipient with a trust that is much greater than mere human confidence.
• It is accompanied by the peaceful assurance of the certainty of God’s existence in the matter at hand.
Heb. 11: 6 Faith Finds Favor with God & Belief Is Blessed by God.
Abel represents the martyred church. God foreknew Cain would kill him. Just as God in Revelation foretells of many martyred. The church has to march forward in God’s will despite opposition!
Enoch represents the raptured church. John Wesley says, “He was not found, indicating that apparently people, family and friends sought for him, just as the sons of the prophets sought for Elijah in 2Kings 2:1-18, when God took him.
God took/translated both Enoch and Elijah body and soul to himself to the heavenly paradise. Both Enoch & Elijah were changed as those saints shall be that will be found alive at Christ’s second coming as explained in 1Cor.15:51-53 51Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality).
JFB Commentary – And Enoch walked with God in an age of almost universal unbelief that the doctrines which he learned from God and taught, as we are told in Jude 14 -15) were true and that his devotedness to the cause of God and righteousness in the midst of opposition was highly pleasing to God.
Noah represents the protected church. Rev.3:10 -11a explains why I mean. 10Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. 11I am coming soon.” That means the bulk of the Christian church will be spared from the outpouring of God’s wrath on the earth, as Noah was kept on the Ark. The Post Rapture Saved will be the Tribulation Church led by the 144,000 Messianic Israelites are going to go through it. BTW — Rev 3: 7-13 to Philly says Christ “has the key of David” to the City of God the new Jerusalem” which indicates God remains involved with The Jewish people.
Slide 11: Heb. 11: 1-7 God rewards us to bear fruit
To be fruit bearing disciples we daily must worship and devote ourselves to
1) Dying to Self for Christ’s Sake is an act of worship that produces many seeds. (John 12: 24) “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”
2) Worshipping right is the first step to walking rightly with God.
3) Walking right with God means we can be led into divine appointments where we work fulfilling The Lord’s purpose for our lives – regardless of our vocation, hobbies, past times, which is incredibly fulfilling! (1 Cor 15: 58) “tells us “that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
God is a rewarding paymaster (Mt. 20: 13-16) of those who properly seek Him by being diligent to ensure they are not being deceived, but indeed are seeking the God of The Bible.
God is one Who is a paymaster, who gives rewards or recompenses us according to his own values
God rewarded Abel by accepting his offering and commemorating his service and life.
God rewarded Enoch by accepting him to walk with Him and translating him to Heaven.
God rewarded Noah by a) calling him to build the ark; b) preserving him and his family on the ark, and c) commemorating his service and life in Scripture.
(Note God has forgotten Noah’s sin of getting drunk)