Holy Help from Hebrews-49

Two brief but significant verses are before us today. Two individuals serve as role models. In Hebrews 11:4,  Abel is commended because he did what God required. He was likely taught by his parents what God expected, as was Cain. However, Cain put his own ideas into action rather than what God ordered. Just what was involved?  Cain decided to rely on his own judgment. He wanted God's acceptance of his works. Abel trusted God and obeyed. It has been this way with mankind ever since. Man wants to be accepted for his good works,  whereas a child of God is accepted on the basis of Christ's work on the Cross!  A true Christian accepts Jesus' Sacrifice as the only way to be saved and then strives to obey out of love and gratitude for his salvation. In Verse 5, Enoch is commended for his close walk (fellowship, companionship) with God. Enoch's holy lifestyle and joy in God, pleased God and God took him home without seeing death. His faith and holy life was recognized in a unique way. He took a walk with God and God took him to his true home and Enoch became a living illustration of the Rapture. "By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and he being dead (Cain killed him) yet speaketh" (His example still says something to us today). "By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death, and was not found because God had translated him; for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God." (Hebrews 11:4-5)  Selah!  Combine these two lessons and the truth that emerges is this: trust God, obey out of love, and you will please God!     Ron

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