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May 19 – Without Faith, I Cannot Please Him

May 19, 2012

“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 by it he being dead yet speaketh.” – Heb 11:4

As time goes on from Adam and Eve, we see the incident with Cain and Abel, and how that by faith Abel offered up a sacrifice to God that was pleasing to Him.  Cain did not.  Then the great flood occurs because of the sinfulness of mankind.  The only ones saved were Noah and his family because of the faith that Noah had in God.  Later Abram comes on the scene.  He was a descendant of Shem, Noah’s son.  He was a man of great faith in God, so much so, that God told him to leave his homeland and to trust Him (God) for the direction in his life.  We see that Abraham did just that. Because of Abraham’s faith, God makes a promise to him that he would be the father of many children, even generations; also that his family would be given a land very fertile, so much so, they would never have to worry about food and livestock; and thirdly, that One would come, through his seed, where the whole world would be blessed.  We see all these things come to pass.

Through Isaac and Jacob (whose name was changed by God to Israel), came millions of people for whom you could not count.  As time goes on, they became known as the children of Israel, or the Jews.  As long as the children of Israel were in obedience to God’s will, He would bless them; but if they disobeyed His commandments, He would allow them to be curse, killed, or imprisoned as slaves to other nations.  During one such time, Moses was born.  He was a Jew, and he eventually, by faith, led the children of Israel out of captivity by the Egyptians.

Moses was then given the Ten Commandments and other laws to give to the Israelites.  This law of God (known mostly as the Law of Moses) was the basis for which man was to interact with God.  God gave them a process by which an individual or family could come and have their sins forgiven for a period of one year.  They would be required to come back year after year rolling their sins forward annually.  Sacrifices were performed through animal sacrifices; sometimes through doves, goats, bulls and sheep (depending upon the particular sin and purpose of the sacrifice).  But once a year, a spotless lamb, one without any flaws was to be sacrificed upon the altar.  God would accept the sacrifice as a sin offering, and would remember their sins no more for a period of another year. This was the method through which God allowed man to renew his fellowship with Him each year. This law (or means to remit sins) also revealed to mankind what sin was and how to identify it in their lives.  It brought about the knowledge of their sin.  It ultimately was to show mankind their inability to be righteous, or good enough on their own.  Mankind needed help!

What great examples of faith in these individuals who serve God faithfully.  May I be motivated and inspired to walk in the same faith, for it is clear, “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

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