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Abel: Worshipping Faith (29 of 48)
We are moving into the Bible's Hall of Faith. We have looked at the first three verses, which are introductory in nature. Now, we are going to begin to move through and look at these characters. If I have counted correctly, in this great faith chapter, there are ten Old Testament characters who are discussed in terms of their life of faith-their example of faith. There are six other characters mentioned toward the end of the chapter and the writer says he doesn't have time to deal with all of those. I take a little comfort in that, that the Bible writers had time constraints as well as I do. So there were six that he didn't have time to expand on.
In addition to that, there are some national examples of faith in the Lord on the part of the Hebrew people. Such as the time they went through the Red Sea, the battle of Jericho, and some other examples of great faith in God.
Let me give you our working definition of what living faith is as we will see it illustrated in this chapter. Living faith is trusting what God says and acting on it, regardless of circumstances or consequences. That's our working definition. We will see this definition fleshed out in the lives of these individual characters.
This evening we are looking at verse 4, just one verse. ''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 (faith) he being dead yet speaketh.'' He's been dead a long time, but he is speaking to us tonight.
This first example of faith is in the life of Abel. In the first example we are carried all the way back in our Bible to the 1st book of the Bible-Genesis. We are carried all the way back in time to the Garden of Eden. There was the first family-Adam and Eve. According to the Bible, the first man and woman created by God. To the first children, Cain and Abel. Cain is the ol ...
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