Hebrews 11: To Please God, Evans Olang

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Hebrews 11:5-6, “5 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. 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”

To continue with Hebrews 11, we read of a moving account of faithful OT saints and given such titles as, “The Saint’s Hall of Fame”, ”The Honor Roll of OT Saints”, and “Heroes of Faith”. They attest to the value of living by faith. They compose “A cloud of witnesses…”, Hebrews 12:1 who give powerful testimony to the Hebrews that they should come to faith in God’s truth in Christ.

Who qualifies to be a saint? Is it a believer who has been dead for a long long time? No, a saint is anyone who has repented and trusted Christ alone for their eternal salvation, and it’s evidenced with their daily living. Enoch was one of the old saints in the beginning. It’s interesting that in Genesis 5, as Adam’s genealogy is recorded, very little is told of each person. You read of their names, how long they lived, who they begat. In vs. 21, we are introduced to Enoch, however, Moses pauses to talk a little bit more of Enoch. The bible says in vs. 22, “…, Enoch walked with God three hundred years…”. Twice in the same chapter it’s stressed that he walked with God. He is the first saint who never tasted death, vs. 24, “And Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him” to continue his walk in heaven with God. We are then told of this hall a famer in Hebrews 11:5, that “…for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God”. What a testimony.

How did he please God, Hebrews 11:6, tells us “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”, He had faith and that faith propelled him to be a seeker of God, for that reason God rewarded him, gave him eternal life. To walk with God, he had intimate relationship, he pursued after God, and he lived for one purpose, the glory of God, making His name great in this world. And because of his walk with God, he did not see death, he was translated. This is so with saints of today, Jesus said, “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die”, John 11:26. To know God, to please God is to be in His word, to feed on the bread of life and live eternally, John 6:51, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

Enoch had the evidence of it in his own conscience, and the Spirit of God witnessed with his spirit. Those who by faith walk with God in a sinful world are pleasing to him, and He will give them marks of His favor, and put honor upon them. 1Corinthians 15:22, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive”, Romans 6:11, “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

How is your walk with the Lord today? Is it on and off? Here is a man for 300 years, not 300 days, or 300 months, for 300 years he walked with God (pleased God) by his lifestyle (word, thought and deeds), this is the testimony he left with us. This is for us to grasp and be challenged to die to sin and be alive in Christ, living this life by faith in order to please the Lord. Hebrews 10:38, “Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” In other words, he who by faith is righteous shall live, he is the one that pleases the Lord. Blessings Ev

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