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By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. (Heb 11:5)
As would any parent, God desires His children, His creation, to want to please Him and make Him happy. God, however is able to provide much better rewards to those who please Him then can you and I to our children.
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Heb 11:5-6)
In order to please God, we must do as did Enoch. What did Enoch do in order to please God? First we see that Enoch had faith and believed in God, and because he believed, he “diligently” sought God.
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. (Gen 3:10)
At the other end of the spectrum, we have Adam who, when he heard the voice of God, diligently sought to avoid God. What is the difference between Adam and Enoch?
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. (Isa 59:2)
The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. (Prov 15:29)
When Adam sinned and did what he was told not to do, God sent him away from His presence. When Enoch pleased God by seeking God and doing what he was told, whatever that might have been, he was taken into the presence of God.
And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen;: (Gal 1:14-16)
Paul is another person who sought to please God. Where in the beginning he was zealous to protect the faulty traditions of his people, he turned around and used that same zeal to spread the truth of the Word. He traversed the line from being as an Adam, to becoming an Enoch.
For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2Tim 4:6-8)
For Job it was boils; for David it was persecution by the rulers of the day; for Elijah it was a fiery chariot and a whirlwind. But for Paul, it was tribulation and a chopping block. And Paul's destiny, Jesus tells us up front will be awaiting those who take up the cross and follow Him.
How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. (1Cor 15:33-38)
For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. (1Cor 12:14-16)
God has a purpose for creating the world and its inhabitants. His aim is to please Himself, and He looks to those who seek that same aim. If we look to ourself, as did Adam, we separate ourself from God.
Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. (1Cor 10:1-6)
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (1Cor 1:21)
When God is not happy with any of His children, He casts them out. It's important we understand that what Paul and the rest of the Bible is saying, it's saying to those who have joined themselves to God, not to those who are not believers.
Notice how Paul says that it's through the foolishness of preaching that the message is delivered. We are to believe the unbelievable. Yet we try to prove that what God tells us is believable when in fact it's intended to sound like fiction. We try to use science to prove the Bible is true. If this were possible, if we could absolutely prove that the Bible is true and factual, then where would faith come into the picture? Remember, it was by faith that Enoch pleased God, not by believing the obvious.
For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (2Pet 1:17)
Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; And charged them that they should not make him known: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. (Mat 12:13-18)
This passage should cause a person to stop and consider what is being said, but I doubt it will.
Jesus is another who pleased God. And like Paul and Job and David, He did not go by way of a fiery chariot to Heaven, but had to take the hard road to His destination.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. (Isa 53:7-10)
It was because Jesus did what pleased the Father that He had to suffer. It was because Job was perfect that God allowed him to be afflicted. It was because David was faithful and desired to please the Lord that he was persecuted. And it will be because we are faithful and believing that we will suffer the same tribulation as did those who have gone on before.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. (Psa 1:1-2)
2Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: 3Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. (2Cor 3:) (See Jer 31:33-34)
Those who delight to do God's will, and who are set to please God, have the law planted (written) in their heart. Those who only desire to receive from God, so they do what they think God want them to do, will have the law written on hearts of stone.
22Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Rom 14:)
And as we have seen through Enoch, it's faith that pleases God.
13If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, NOT DOING THINE OWN WAYS, NOR FINDING THINE OWN PLEASURE, NOR SPEAKING THINE OWN WORDS: 14Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. (Isaiah 58:)
To the Jews the Sabbath was a time to spend with God, doing His thing and not our own. In this day and age every day is the Sabbath, a day in which to do what pleases the Father.
20For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. (1John 3:)
Observing the Sabbath, or any other of the laws and commandments, or even suggestions God has given can be summed up in these words: John said “and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” (1John 3:22) In my mind this is the key to everything the Bible, and what Jesus is telling us. And it is what we should be striving for. A child, which we all are if we are in fact children of God, who just does what he or she is told, and tries to get out of doing any more, is a frustration to a parent. The child is just trying to ride the fence of acceptability, and has to be told every step of the way where they should go and what they should do. On the other hand, a child who desires to please his or her parent, and is always at the ready to learn what they can do to make their parent happy, out of love, not fear or desire for reward, is a delight to a parent. If we in fact love God, we will diligently search the Scriptures to learn what God wants from us so we can please Him that much more. We will see where we need to sacrifice ourself in order to better serve God. We see this behavior in Jesus, in the Apostles, and in the prophets, as well as in Moses, Abraham, Daniel, and Joseph. The desire to please the Lord should be our motivation for everything we do. If we have that as our motive, then it will be much easier to receive from God what He desires of us. If our desire is to just get by, then our ears will be dull of hearing anything but what seems to serve us in the short run.
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? (1John 4:20)
And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. (John 8:29)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
How do we serve a God who has everything and is invisible? To find the answer to this question, all we have to do is look to the Son who dedicated His entire being to just this purpose. Jesus served His fellow man, all the way to the cross. His life was spent making others feel loved, and in good health. He even raised the dead, and came back from the dead in order that we might do the same.
How then do we serve God? I suspect, from my study of the Word, that we serve God by serving those God wants to help, which is everyone.
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (Mat 25:31-46)
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