Well, we have the opportunity again as we finish up this wonderful Lord's day to look together at the precious Word of God and we're looking at the eleventh chapter of Hebrews and the great heroes of the faith and I invite you to turn there, if you will. We're going to be looking tonight at a man named Enoch...Enoch, a name that is perhaps familiar to you, but perhaps you know little about Enoch. So we're going to try to fill in the blanks a little bit tonight and it will come to you in a very practical and a very dynamic way and have great and direct application to your own life.
Hebrews chapter 11, verses 5 and 6. "By faith, Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death and he was not found because God took him up, for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up, he was pleasing to God. And 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 seek Him."
Now remember that the design of this chapter which is loaded with these heroes of the faith, both by name and some in general reference, is to convince the Hebrews, the Jews to whom this letter is written, that faith is the only way to approach God. Now remember, they had for generations been exposed to a corrupted form of Judaism that had come to the conclusion that you earn your way to God, that you gain your salvation by effort, by ceremony, by works, by your morality. And the writer of Hebrews is reminding the readers, most of whom would be believers who need to know that they can rest completely on their faith for salvation, and some others who are associated with these believers who know the gospel and haven't yet embraced Christ, and so to them it is a call to faith....