Hebrews 11:6 says, and without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Speaks For God
Though some say the authorship of Hebrews is in question, which I agree with, it is fair to say that the Apostle Paul was familiar with the letter, if not its author.
The style of Hebrews reflects the work of a well studied scholar who works with a rich vocabulary, choosing words with accuracy and care so as to produce a literary work that provides music for the soul.
One scholar wrote, “The sentences are carefully formed and finished, each blending into the other with a delightful smoothness, an exulting spirit, the fiery oratory, and the glowing doxology.”
Our text: “Hebrews 11:6,” is well represented in the annals of time; it has been quoted or read in churches, restaurants, homes, cars, parks and where ever Christians fellowship.
Please, allow me to reflect on this text, hoping those reading will find some time to sit quietly and reflect on this reflection.
Hebrews 11:5 says, “By Faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For, before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.”
This verse introduces our text: “And without faith in is impossible to please God.” Enoch was a man of faith; faith that resonates with eternal vibrations. I feel the faith of Enoch in my heart even now, thousands of years after God took him away.
Enoch’s father was Jared, and Jared lived 800 years. Jared’s father was Mahalalel, and Mahalalel lived 895 years. Enoch was born among people who lived long enough to teach, influence and pass on their wisdom and knowledge over the course of hundreds of years.
These men and their children lived through hundreds of winters, springs and summers. Their lives testify to God’s presence of God on earth, and His interaction with human beings.
For these men, death was not the culmination of life; life was long and, as for Enoch, culminated in life. Enoch was 365 years old when God took him away.
Genesis 5:24 says, “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”
When Enoch was 65 years old he became father to Methuselah. And Methuselah lived to be 969 years old. Methuselah’s son Lamech, who lived 777 years, was the father of Noah who was 500 years old when he became father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.
Noah, Enoch’s great-grandson was a righteous man, “Blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.” (Genesis 6:9) Noah would become father to this age of human beings, as he built the ark, survived the great flood, and repopulated the earth.
Walking With God
And so, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Faith here has the meaning of being in a partnership. The partnership is based on trust; promises are made and there is unwavering trust in the promises. Agreements have been reached and relationships born of lasting value.
There is a relationship between God in Christ; human beings enter this relationship knowing and trusting in what God has done and promised in Jesus Christ.
Jesus himself lived by faith. Present in the faith we witnessed in Jesus are unlimited possibilities. And, it was to this kind of boundless faith that he called his disciples.
When Jesus called, gathered and taught his disciples and others; in his teaching there are elements of faith, trust, knowledge, decision, obedience and self-direction. This is faith; it is within us; it becomes visible when we seek and submit to God’s will.
Jesus, the epitome of God’s will, made faith and trust in God visible to human beings. Faith and trust became visible when people called on Jesus, believing he could heal every disease, and raise the dead.
Faith and trust are manifested in reality, and are inherently involved in the act of living. Faith and life are intimately connected. Jesus healed people and resurrected the dead.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not parish but have eternal life.”
John 11:25 says, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?
When we open our hearts to the Gospel, i.e., the message of eternal life; it is because of what God has made know about himself; it is an act of faith.
We seek God, only because he found us. God revealed himself to us; He made known his existence and character. God lit a fire in our hearts before we ever felt it burning.
Seeking God, can be said to be our response to fire burning in our hearts. We seek because fire burns in our hearts.
Daniel 3:24-25 says, Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, O king.” Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
When we seek God, we are rewarded with knowing “He walks with us”.
Reflection: Enoch walked with God on earth 365 years before God took him away. God was his companion; He walked by his side all through dark and hard times. When life was heavy beyond measure, God was by his side. And, in the summer when joy and gladness were in abundance, God was by his side. The best reward in life is to know (Faith) that God is walking by our side.
Lord, bless us to take love by the hand. Bless us to hold on to love for all the days of our lives, and still, not let love go. Your word says, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Lord, love is invisible; it is something we cannot see with the eyes of the flesh. Lord, bless us with spiritual eyes, and spiritual hands; allow us to place our hand in your hand, the hand of love, as we live out the days of our lives.
Lord, Enoch lived 365 years walking the earth with you by his side. Lord, its amazing, amazing grace filling our hearts with hope and expectation. Lord, thank you for the presence of your Holy Spirit by our side; walking with us, leading us, feeding us mama from heaven. Thank you for walking with us. Thank you for the revelation of life over death.
Thank you for your grace, for mercy; and the expectation of eternal life. Praise you O Lord, Praise you O Lord, Praise you O Lord. In Jesus name, Praise you O Lord. Amen