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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 8/260: Noah

Read Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:18-22

Faithful Obedience

Noah believed God, and Noah’s belief motivated him to obey God. Isn’t that how true faith works? The Hebrews writer says that Noah was “moved with godly fear” because of his faith. Moved to do what? He “prepared an ark for the saving of his household.” Belief in what God had told him was not enough; Noah had to act upon the information he received from the Lord.

Remember what the last verse of Genesis 6 says? “Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did” (Genesis 6:22). He was not a man who subscribed to the false doctrine of “faith alone.” Rather, Noah acted upon his faith. “Thus Noah did.”

The flood and baptism have a type/antitype relationship. The flood was a foreshadowing of the command to be baptized issued by Christ, a command that we are responsible to obey today. Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believed will be condemned” (Mark 16:16). Peter answered the Jews’ question about their spiritual condition in this way: “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38).

A person must obey the commands of the Lord in order to be saved by the Lord. This is not earning salvation – not by any stretch of the imagination! Rather, it is “the answer of a good conscience toward God” (1 Peter 3:21). We cannot ignore the words of Jesus Himself and expect Him to save us anyway. We must obey – by faith!

To deny that baptism has anything to do with salvation is to ignore what Jesus and His inspired apostles taught. Peter clearly states that baptism, the antitype of the floodwaters, “now saves us” (1 Peter 3:21). He taught that it was to be done “for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). Jesus said that one who “will be saved” is one “who believes and is baptized” (Mark 16:16). In each instance, baptism is directly linked to salvation and baptism is placed before salvation.

Noah did not live by “faith alone.” He lived a life of faithful obedience to the commands of God. Can you say the same?

Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 3/260: Enoch

Read Genesis 5:21-24; Hebrews 11:5

Walking with God

There is very little written about Enoch in the inspired record, but that which is said speaks volumes of the man’s character. He was the father of the oldest man on record (Methuselah, 969 years old), who was born when Enoch was 65. Moses says, “After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters” (Genesis 5:22). Nothing is said of his relationship with God prior to Methuselah’s birth.

Perhaps fatherhood caused Enoch to take stock of his life. Perhaps he had been heading down the wrong path, and he suddenly realized the importance his influence might have on his children. Perhaps he finally matured, finally grew up, finally became a man.

Fathers have a great obligation when it comes to their children. The apostle Paul exhorted the dads in Ephesus, “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). The father, as the spiritual head of the household, should set rules and boundaries that protect and encourage his children to be faithful to God. Show respect to the revealed Word, not only with your words, but with your behavior. When one says one thing and does the opposite, trust can be destroyed. Hypocrisy will do to children exactly what Paul warns against: it will “provoke your children to wrath.”

Whatever his life was before he became Methuselah’s dad, Enoch spent his final three hundred years on this earth as a man of faith. Moses says that “Enoch walked with God three hundred years” and, as a result, “God took him” (Genesis 5:22,24). The Hebrews writer says it more explicitly: “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, ‘and was not found because God had taken him’; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God” (Hebrews 11:5).

Are you walking with God? Are you pleasing Him?

Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 2/260: Abel

Read Genesis 4:6-10; 1 John 3:10-12

Persecution of the Righteous

How do others react when you set your sights on doing what the Lord commands without addition, subtraction, or substitution? There will be those who support you in your efforts to live righteously, and thank God for good friends such as those! Sadly, there will be others who try to derail you and lead you away from the old paths revealed in the Scriptures.

Still others will stand against you, reject you, and persecute you. Is this not what happened to Abel? There is no record of any strife between Cain and Abel before their offering to the Lord. Cain became angry because Abel listened to God, and Cain murdered his brother simply because Abel was trying to do what was right in God’s sight.

The apostle John compared Cain to one who “does not practice righteousness,” therefore “is not of God.” He plainly wrote by inspiration that Cain “was of the wicked one and murdered his brother…(b)ecause his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.” Yes, there will be people who want to do you harm simply because you want the best for them!

The Messiah Himself declared, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:10-12).

How do we react when we are thus persecuted? Look to the example of the apostles in Acts 5:41: “So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.” Our reaction to negative situations will speak volumes of our faith. We must withstand the hatred, embrace the mockery, and in our continued righteous living, glorify the Lord of love.

Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 1/260: Abel

Read Genesis 4:1-5; Hebrews 11:4

Living By Faith

Moses records for us the account of Cain and Abel’s offerings to the Lord in the fourth chapter of Genesis. Cain is identified in the Scriptures as “a tiller of the ground,” while his younger brother Abel “was a keeper of sheep.” When the time came for an offering, they each brought a portion of their labors; Cain brought crops, while Abel brought livestock. Cain’s offering was rejected but Abel’s was accepted.

The Hebrews writer sheds some light on the reason Abel’s offering was accepted by God. “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks” (Hebrews 11:4).

Abel’s offering was made “by faith.” What does that mean? Where does one get faith? Some will tell you that faith itself is a gift from God based on a misunderstanding of Ephesians 2:8-9. That passage does not teach that faith is a gift; rather, the gift is the salvation we receive “by grace” and “through faith.” The question remains, then, where does one get faith?

In Romans 10:17, the apostle Paul wrote, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Abel heard what God wanted, and he faithfully submitted to God’s will. God is explicit with His expectations in His Word, and only those who obey His Word are living by faith.

By contrast, Cain’s offering was rejected because it was not offered by faith. He received the same information his brother received, but decided to go his own way. As a result, God “did not respect Cain and his offering.” When we defy God’s explicit commands, we displease Him.

Are you living by faith? Or have you ignored God’s will?


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God Exists

God Exists

Hebrews 11:6

I. The Law of Cause and Effect

    A. “Every material effect must have an adequate cause that existed before the effect”
    B. God is the cause of the universe (Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; Acts 17:24-25; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 3:4)
    C. But then, what caused God? (God is not material; He is Spirit – John 4:24)

II. Which God?

    A. Moses anticipated this question (Exodus 3:13-14)
    B. God’s general revelation (Romans 1:20; Psalm 14:1; 19:1-4; 8:3-4)
    C. God’s specific revelation (Hebrews 1:1-2; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

III. God-pleasing faith

    A. Believes that He exists (Hebrews 11:6; Acts 17:24-25)
    B. Causes man to seek Him (Hebrews 11:6; Acts 17:26-28)

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Day 111/260: Read Hebrews 11

Moses’ faith started with his parents, who “were not afraid of the king’s command.” How important is it to raise our children in a godly, righteous, faithful home? Proverbs 22:6 instructs, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Paul commended the genuine faith of Timothy’s mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5), who undoubtedly played a role in Timothy’s knowledge of God’s Word “from childhood” (2 Timothy 3:15).

Moses chose a life of hardship rather than pleasure. Is sin pleasurable? Yes, but as the Scriptures teach here sin is “passing pleasure,” and as inspiration teaches elsewhere, sin leads to an eternal separation from God.

God, through Moses, commanded the Israelites to do a very strange thing in Exodus 12. They must have had some degree of faith as they followed the decree to sprinkle blood on their doorposts to avoid the death wrought upon the firstborn in every family in Egypt. The faith of Moses and the faith of all Israelites who humbled themselves in obedience to that command were spared; still today, those who humble themselves in obedience to the gospel will be saved.

Even if we do not understand the reasons for His commands in the New Testament, by faith we must obey those commands to please Him.

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

Hebrews 11:6. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Pray

Pray for increased faith as you seek to do the will of God as revealed in the Scriptures.