All of man’s needs, wants and desires were provided by God, focused on community – Not good to for man to be alone so God created companionship and community
God’s first words following the fall of man was a promise of the coming of Christ to defeat Satan
Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. The ancients were commended for it. Faith in the person of Jesus is the equal to faith and trust in God’s love for His creation from His word for all time
Gave first and best. Gave sacrificially. Lord looked on Abel and his offering with favor. Revealed a trust and love of God
Heb 11:5 – By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death
Walk with God daily. Trust in him. Have faith. Give sacrificially (not holding back). Open your heart for God to see (He knows what is in it anyway)
My Daily Journal:
At first I was trying to figure out where BSF was going with the lesson this week. But I think the overarching point that is being looked at is the character of these great men of the bible that we have studied so far. Abel and Enoch. And, most importantly within it, that their character was built squarely on faith.
For me the image that stuck with me came in the last answer. I’ve prayed many times for an open heart to receive God’s word. I’ve prayed it for myself, for my kids and family, for my church, for the children in Sunday school and BSF. And, every time I’ve prayed it I had the image of an open vessel, something to catch what God wanted to pour out on me or them.
That is not a bad image, but I saw a different one today. Today I thought about the fact that the scriptures say God looked at Abel and his offering. It isn’t that God just looked at the offering, but first and foremost, he looked at Abel and what the offering was saying about him. The visual idea that came to me was the image of pulling out my wallet and opening it up wide, allowing whoever is with me to take whatever they choose. From a monetary standpoint it is saying, here is everything that I have, no secrets, no hidden pockets, full disclosure, you see everything as much or little as there is and I am offering it to you to take freely, please. When I read that about Abel, that is the image I saw of him with his heart to God.
That’s what Abel and Enoch did. They opened their hearts to God like that open wallet. This is all that I have, not bragging, not shame, just full open disclosure in complete trust, eyes closed, no caveats, just trust.
But here is the interesting thing. God already knows what is in our heart (and wallet for that matter). So the act of opening it up is for us, not for God.
So why hide it? Well, shame, lack of trust, wrongful pride, holding back — you name the sin condition. And how does that work out? Well Cain held back, that didn’t go so well, and if that isn’t clear enough there is the story about Ananias and Sapphira.
That’s convicting enough for me. When I now think of opening my heart – I’m planning to open it wide.