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The Ark of Faith (Hebrews 11:1-7)
The first seven verses of chapter 11 show us three portraits of trust hung in the Pre-flood (Antediluvian) Room of the Gallery of Trust. We saw in Abel’s portrait that trust worships in total dependence upon the Promised Seed alone. We saw in Enoch’s portrait that trust walks (fellowship) with God. And we see in Noah’s portrait that trust works; it lives according to God’s revelation.
In Hebrews 11:1-3 & 7, Noah shows us the work of Biblical trust. We live according to what we trust. Noah did three things: (1) he measured the present against the future; (2) he measured the visible against the invisible; and, (3) he measured the world against God.
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11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
4 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 7 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (ESV)