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Enoch’s Walk with God


Hebrews 11:5-6


Introduction:

·         Methuselah and the other sons and daughters perhaps entered their father’s tent only to find it empty. They sought their godly father everywhere and found him not--found not even the body--could but suppose, till God inspired and wrote it down, that which had happened--namely, that the life was so full of God, the walk with God so close and so intimate, that it had pleased the God to take him and carry him to a land of everlasting peace.

·         He changed his place, but not his company, for he still walked with God, as in earth, so in heaven. (J. Trapp.)

·         This is a great Picture of the rapture

·         For some death is an inevitable thing, so they never really think much about it

·         For others the idea of death brings terror and fear.

·         To some, the worst and harshest life was to be preferred to death.

·         Above all, there are those, like Enoch, who have seen death as a transition entering into the nearer presence of Him with whom they have lived so long for. If we have lived with Christ, we may die in the certainty that we go to be forever with Him.

·         See I Corinthians 15:51-55 (explain context)

 

I.                    The brief history of Enoch

a.      Not much is said about Enoch in the Scriptures- He is a bit of a mystery man

b.      Many Jewish and Christian traditions make Enoch the author of some secret revelations and writings (I Enoch). Jude recognizes him as a prophet (Jude 14-15). Certainly this is remarkable that God allowed Enoch to prophesy of Christ’s second coming, but the Bible doesn’t say more beyond that.

c.       The value of other prophecies attributed to him is uncertain at the very best. The Book of Enoch for example is not a part of the canon of Scripture. This saying in Jude was probably handed down over the years, but is no proof that the Book of Enoch is legitimate. We should treat it just like the Apocrypha- interesting but not the authoritative Word of God

d.      There are books out there that claim to be scripture but are inaccurate and have no proof of its claimed authorship

e.      See Genesis 5:21-24

f.        “And he died.” The overwhelming emphasis of Genesis 5 is that all these men died.

g.      Thoughts on genealogies:

                                                              i.      If one takes the genealogies as being without omission, the earth is about 6,000-10,000 years old

                                                            ii.      This puts the Biblical record at odds with the theories of modern science. Yet there are good reasons to believe God created the earth with age “built in,” even as Adam and the trees of Eden had age “built” into them.

                                                          iii.      We are also confronted with the problem of extremely long life spans. In this chapter, no one lived less than 365 years (and this was Enoch, who was a special case). Methuselah lived a total of 969 years. How is this possible?

                                                           iv.      Some have thought the ages are figurative, or they count months as years (but then Enoch fathered Methuselah when he was five and one-half years old).

                                                             v.      People did live much, much longer in the era before the flood (Antediluvian). This is because the degenerative effects of the fall on the human gene pool had not yet accumulated greatly, and because the environment in the pre-flood world was so different, with the blanket of water vapors surrounding the earth (Genesis 1:6-8). In the post-flood world, life spans quickly came down to the life spans we are familiar with today.

h.      Enoch had a son Methuselah, and proved he indeed was a prophet. The name Methuselah means, When he is dead, it shall come. This name was a prophecy of the flood that was coming.

i.        Now, we also can’t miss God’s mercy: Methuselah lived to be nine hundred and sixty-nine years old -Methuselah’s long life was no accident. It was because of the mercy of God. When Methuselah died, the flood came. God kept him alive longer than anybody to give people as long as possible to repent.

II.                  Enoch’s eternal testimony

a.      He pleased God. He walked with God. It was all by faith and trusting God

b.      Man’s highest purpose and calling: to please God- Ecclesiastes 12:13, Revelation 4:11- “…for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

c.       Walking with God means walking by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7), walking in the light (1 John 1:5-7), and walking in agreement with God (Amos 3:3).

d.      Those who live a life that is pleasing to God are privileged with near and intimate communion with God. You don’t have to wait for Heaven to experience fellowship with God!

e.      They have the security of eternal happiness in heaven.

f.        Enoch had a heavenly character, and so that’s where God took him!

g.      Without much info, the Bible says that he was not found, for God took him. He was translated- taken away

h.      Maybe it was a fulfilled promise that God had given him, or perhaps it was an unexpected shock and surprise- certainly a pleasant surprise. Maybe he was in deep devotion and prayer with God when it happened

i.        It was a mark of honor- a unique place in history

j.        It was a mark of mercy- he was taken:

                                                              i.      From a wicked, sin-cursed world

                                                            ii.      Away from the society of ungodly men, from their taunts and persecutions

                                                          iii.      Away from the usual toils and troubles of life here in this world

k.       This of course pictures a generation of believers who will experience the same thing! I Thess 4:13-18- caught up/rapture

III.                A God who cares- v. 6

a.      Read verse 6: “These two elements seem most simple, but, alas, how many professing Christians act as if God were not living; and how many others, though seeking after Him, are not expecting from Him as Rewarder!” (Newell)

b.      There were those in the ancient world who believed in the gods, but they believed that they lived out in the spaces between the worlds, entirely unaware of these strange animals called men. "God," said Epicurus as a first principle, "does nothing." There are many who believe in God but do not believe that he cares. Men have called God The First Principle, The First Cause, The Creative Energy, The Life Force. These are the statements of men who believe in God, but not in a God who cares.

c.       We must believe not only that God exists but also that he cares and is involved in the human situation. For the Christian that is easy, for God came to the world in Jesus Christ to tell us how much he cares.

                                                              i.      There is a God to please--a living God, who takes a continual interest in all human things; who thinks, feels, loves, and is grieved;

                                                            ii.      There is a God to trust and depend upon! He desires that we trust Him completely. Like a River Glorious:

 We may trust Him fully
  All for us to do;
They who trust Him wholly
  Find Him wholly true.”

Conclusion:

·         If we want to please God, Enoch shows us the method- yes there must be a life of service- but most importantly it is walking with Him! He is pleased by the work yes, but He is pleased with the Worker! Listen when He speaks, seek after Him continually, delight in Him!

·         Lord Shaftesbury:--“I was one day,” he said, “about to cross the street in one of the great thoroughfares of London. It was very crowded, and a little girl all alone was much puzzled as to how she was to get over. I watched her walking up and down, and scanning the faces of those who passed to see if there were any whom she could trust, but for a long time she seemed to scan in vain. At last she came to me, and looking timidly up in my face, whispered, ‘Please, sir, will you lift me over?’ And,” Lord Shaftesbury adds, “that little child’s trust was the greatest compliment I ever had in my life.”