Word at Work July 18, 2016

Scripture: Hebrews 11:7

Hebrews 11:7 says, “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” The Greek word translated “condemned” is kata-kree-no and means ‘adversely judged.’ Noah’s obedience to God became a judgment on the world that did not believe the judgment was coming. In his righteousness he was saved and everyone else was judged accordingly. Hebrews 11 has a thread of judgment running all the way through it as well as how people who walk in faith escape judgment. People who walk in faith give the witness for God and yet they are saved in the midst of a season of judgment. We can see why Hebrews 11 is especially important for faith in the end-times. It is important because the thread of the judicial is all the way through this chapter. It is all the way through the book of Jude and Hebrews 11. It is obvious these Bible passages are trying to prepare us to walk in the end-times. Are we building faith like Noah? Are we building faith like Abraham and Moses? We should, it is available and we can. We are the ones upon whom the end of the world may very well come, therefore we should grow our faith to the place to match those who have walked in similar places in Hebrews 11. God gave these passages to us for preparation for the end-times. Noah walked it out and he was mocked. But he lived to serve the Lord. Will we not also be victorious in our faith? I believe we will because faith that trusts God to get us through to our gifting and calling brings judgment on the world. The fact that we believe God is a judgment on those that do not. And setting that standard is part of what pleases the Lord.

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