The Bible’s prologue revealed faith was not necessary to maintain the relationship between God and humanity. Works were required.
There was no need for faith in the Garden of Eden. God physically and visibly walked with Adam and Eve. Faith is a hope (Hebrews 11:1). Our original parents had no need to hope. Their friendship with God was tangible. Their environment was perfection.
The story of faith begins with the Fall of Man. Humanity was expelled from God’s presence and would be revisited only periodically throughout the rest of the Old Testament. The time of daily walks in the Garden ended. The time of faith began.
The first part of the Bible storyline is the works Man was required to maintain his relationship with God. The second part is the walk of faith revealed in the Old Testament.
Hebrews 11 is testimony that the Old Testament saints walked by faith. Faith is associated with a promise to live by (Hebrews 11:13) and without it you cannot please God (Hebrews 11:6).
The Bible story of faith to please God begins with mankind’s curse. Amid sorrow, God gave humanity hope that an offspring would destroy the tempter.
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.Genesis 3:15
The promise starts the Bible story of faith. Faith becomes the chief prerequisite for Man to fellowship with God. Works to maintain the divine relationship led to humanity’s condemnation to death (Genesis 3:6-19; 7:40).
A servitude conditioned by faith would guide man’s path until the work at Calvary could fulfil all of God’s demands once and for all.
In the next post, we will provide an overview to the Old Testament faith story.