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36) Hebrews - Chapter 11:4-7 - By faith (continued)
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death. Little is known of him. See Genesis 5:24. "And Enoch
walked with God and he was not because God took him." Jude 14 says that he was a prophet, and warned the
people. Genesis 5:18: He was the son of Jared.
This great character named after Cain's first son surely doesn't help the theory of the original sin - Genesis 4:17.
For he had witness borne of him that before his translation. What a joy it must have been to have had the smile of
God upon him. Unless we have witness we shall not be translated or received of God. Romans 8:16 has a special
meaning in the light of Enoch's translation. If we do not measure up to the word, we have no witness.
Abel represents the path of salvation by faith. Enoch represents one walking with God. Noah represents the next
result of faith - testimony of coming judgment. Abraham is a tent-dwelling pilgrim, living on divine promises.
Look what unbelief does. It breaks God's word. Adam and Eve - Genesis 3:11, Korah - Jude 11. It makes men
fearful - fear then becomes the ruling motive of life.
Adam: "I was afraid," - Genesis 3:10.
Cain: "They will kill me," - Genesis 4:14
Israel: "We are grasshoppers." - Numbers 13:33
Peter was afraid and began to sink - Matthew 14:30
It breaks God's fellowship. Adam and Eve hid in the garden. Genesis 4:16 - Cain went out from the Presence of
God. 1st John 3:12: "Not as Cain who was of the evil one and slew his brother."
For he that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder. There is a way to God. We must
come that way. John 14:6: "The Way." John 10:1: One is a thief and robber if he enters not by the door. Proverbs
28:26: A fool trusts in his own heart. He is a rewarder to seekers. God is benevolent, and will balance the accounts.
By faith Noah being warned of God concerning things not seen as yet, moved with godly fear. Noah alone paid
attention to God's words, though deferred for 120 years. Look what his faith cause him to do:
a) Prepared the ark
b) Condemned the world
c) Became an heir of righteousness
Disbelief makes one fearful, but faith builds a godly fear.
a) Disbelief makes one inactive.
b) Faith makes one active.
Prepared the ark to the saving of his house.
a) Noah, Hebrews 11:7
b) Joshua, Joshua 24:15
c) Cornelius, Acts 10
d) Lydia, Acts 16:14-15
e) Philippian Jailor, Acts 16:34 and Acts 18:8
What condemned the world, Noah's deliverance, his faith or the ark? By the ark he condemned the world, for by
taking such a long time to build it, he took away every excuse from the wicked. This faith had the double effect of
condemning the world: (1) Noah's warning as a preacher of righteousness; (2) the effect of making Noah heir of
righteousness. His faith condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Noah had sin, but the long, laborious work of Noah in the building of the ark cannot be shoved aside. Man has a
tendency to condemn a man for one sin and categorize him unjustly.