(The composer of this outline is unknown) I. FAITH LOOKS AHEAD TO A HOPE OR EXPECTATION NOT YET REALIZED (v.1) A. Abel’s offering (v.4) looked ahead to Calvary and the forgiveness of sins. B. Enoch’s walk (v.5) looked ahead to the pleasures that God had stored up for him C. Noah’s preparation (v.7) looked ahead to a terrible day of ju...(The composer of this outline is unknown)
I. FAITH LOOKS AHEAD TO A HOPE OR EXPECTATION NOT YET REALIZED (v.1)
A. Abel’s offering (v.4) looked ahead to Calvary and the forgiveness of sins.
B. Enoch’s walk (v.5) looked ahead to the pleasures that God had stored up for him
C. Noah’s preparation (v.7) looked ahead to a terrible day of judgment
D. Abraham’s calling (v.8) looked ahead to an inheritance not yet received
E. Moses’ choice (v.26) looked ahead to riches that were greater than Egypt
II. FAITH IS CONVICTION WITHOUT SIGHT (v.1)
A. Abel saw no outward evidence that his offering was better than Cain’s (v.4)
B. Enoch did not receive material rewards for his pleasing testimony to God (v.5)
C. Noah did not see rain until seven days after the animals entered the ark (Gen.7:4)
D. Abraham could not see the land of his inheritance when he left Mesopotamia (v.8)
E. Moses sought to deliver his people without seeing how God would use him (Acts 7:23)
III. FAITH CAUSES TEMPORARY LOSS (12:1,2)
A. Abel was killed by his brother (Gen. 4:8)
B. Enoch lived 365 years (Gen. 5:23); the average age of decease of his five predecessors was 917 years.
C. Noah lost all his earthly possessions when the flood came (Gen. 7:23)
D. Abraham was a pilgrim and lived in tents (v.9)
E. Moses turned his back on the Egyptian palace and royal life (v.24)
IV. FAITH IS ALWAYS REWARDED (12:2)
A. Abel being dead still speaks (v.4) - he was rewarded with a lasting testimony
B. Enoch did not see death but was translated (v.5)
C. Noah and his family were the only survivors of a great flood (Gen. 7:23)
D. Abraham waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God (v.10)
E. Moses looked to the reward (v.26)
V. FAITH ALWAYS LEAVES AN EXAMPLE TO THOSE WHO FOLLOW (1 TIM. 4:12; 2 TIM. 1:5)
A. Abel left the example of the sacrifice of faith. He offered a substitute. (1 Pet. 1:18-20)
B. Enoch left the example of the walk of faith. His walk pleased God not self.
C. Noah left the example of the work of faith. He prepared the ark.
D. Abraham left the example of the life of faith.
E. Moses left the example of the choice of faith.