Walking with God-Enoch

Walking with God-Enoch
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Day 1:  Who is enoch?

Sermon Sentence:  When our life finally comes to an end on this earth, our legacy will be reduced to one sentence.

Key Text:  Hebrews 11:5-6

There is very little recorded for us in the Bible about the life of Enoch, but what we do find is quite amazing.  The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is sometimes referred to as the “Hall of Faith”.  In it we find many of the heroes of faith.  The fact that Enoch is mentioned second out of so many is in itself incredible.  Although we don’t know much of his story, God mentions him for a reason.  There is much to learn from what we are told about him.  This week we will dig deep into who Enoch was, and what God would have us learn from his life.  He is noted for his faith, so we will also be looking into what faith is, and how we can obtain it.  Each day’s devotional will end with a verse of Scripture that will prayerfully help you build your faith, so that you can more closely walk with God.

Enoch is first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 5:

From this text we see several basic biographical facts:

  • Enoch was the father of Methuselah, the longest living man in history.
  • He lived on earth 365 years.
  • He had brothers and sisters, and he had more than one child himself.
  • He never died.

Of these facts, the one that probably stands out as most impressive is the fact that he never died.  There are only two people recorded in the Bible as never experiencing death, Enoch and Elijah.  Since most of us think of death as inevitable, we may be interested to know how Enoch avoided it.  The answer is found in this same text, “Enoch walked with God”.  There is something special about walking with God that we will explore this week.  In fact, it is so special that only two people are recorded in Scripture as having walked with God – Enoch and his great-grandson Noah.  He and Noah are the only ones to receive any additional commentary in the genealogy presented in Chapter 5 of Genesis.

Hopefully your interest is piqued, and you’ll go deeper with me into the life of Enoch in the upcoming days.  The legacy of faith he leaves behind is truly remarkable.

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But He [Jesus] said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Luke 18:27

 

Day 2:  Believing in god requires faith

Key Text:  Hebrews 11:5

Other than subsequent listings of genealogy, this is the next mentioning of Enoch in Scripture that gives us any further detail about his life since the text we read yesterday taken from Genesis.  We find in this verse that before God took him to heaven, he was commended as one who pleased God.   So now we know that Enoch both walked with God and pleased Him.   We can assume that walking with God pleases Him, but what else might we infer from what we know so far of Enoch’s life?

The most basic fact we can assume is that Enoch believed in God.  There is a reason most adults do not write letters to Santa during the holiday season, and I doubt it’s because we all think we’ve been too naughty to even bother.  We don’t write to Santa because by the time we become an adult we don’t believe in him.  It’s a strange idea to imagine appealing to or walking with someone we believe does not exist.  Enoch was only seven generations from Adam (Jude 1:14) so we can presume that he had heard the stories of God.  He had heard how the earth was created, and how he was descended from Adam’s son Seth.  He had likely heard the tragic story of his uncles Cain and Abel.  His belief in God, based on what he knew of God, granted him the faith to walk with God, to please God, and to be taken up by God rather than experience death.

Believing in God requires faith, while at the same time having faith requires believing in God.  This is because faith is a living and dynamic element in our lives.  It is never static, but is always either growing or deteriorating.  If it is not fed, it will deteriorate, but if we do feed it, then it will grow and strengthen.  The memory verse for this series is often identified as the clearest and best description of faith found in the Bible.  The New Living Translation gives an especially clear picture of what faith looks like.

“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1

We exhibit faith when we believe something before we see it.  This is very unlike the typical rule followed by most of the world “I’ll believe it when I see it.”  God exists outside of time, so much of what we know of Him are of things that have happened in the past, which is what we see in Scripture.  But God is unchanging, and He always exists in the past, present, and future.  This is difficult if not impossible for our limited minds to comprehend.  But if we believe that these are the characteristics of God, then we do so in faith.  We will see someday when we join Him in eternity.  Until then, we can believe what the Bible records about Him or not.  At the most fundamental level, faith is a choice.  We choose to believe as certain something for which we have no tangible proof.  Enoch heard the stories of God and had to make the choice to believe that they were true.  Once he exercised the faith to believe in God, he was able to believe God which increased his faith.  We will see later this week that not only did Enoch walk with God, he also talked with Him.  Like Enoch, once we exercise our faith to believe in God and to believe what His Word says, we will see our faith grow and come to understand more and more of who God is and what He makes available to us.

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God is not a man, so he does not lie.  He is not human, so he does not change his mind.  Has he ever spoken and failed to act?  Has he ever promised and not carried it through?  Numbers 23:19 NLT

Day 3:  pleasing God requires faith

Key Text:  Hebrews 11:6

We see in this passage that anyone who wishes to please God must follow Enoch’s example of faith.  Follow along as I rewrite this verse more explicitly.  I think that sometimes we make pleasing God a bit more difficult than it needs to be.  I think if we study this verse more carefully, we will see that it is really not so hard.

Rewrite:  And without faith [believing God] it is impossible to please him.  Because whoever draws near to God must [have faith] believe that he is real and that he rewards you if you seek him.

Now using Enoch’s example, if we believe in God enough to seek Him out, to walk and talk with Him – to draw near to Him, we will please God.  God more than anything else desires to have an intimate relationship with each of us.  Not so different from most of us, He desires to be close to and spend time with those He loves.  The “for” in Heb 11:6, or “because” in the rewritten verse tells us it is the drawing near to God that pleases Him.  Too often we think pleasing God requires us to do a lot of stuff that seems to be impossible to accomplish, so we give up before we really even begin.  But all God wants is for us to seek to be close to Him.  The closer we get, the more time we spend walking and talking with Him, the more He will talk to us and share His wisdom and knowledge with us so that our lives can increase in quality. “He rewards those seek him.”   If we believe in faith that God is real and that He desires to be close to us, therefore that He rewards those who want to be close to Him, then we will seek Him.  We will not have tangible proof that He exists.  Hence the need for faith.  But if we will believe Him based on what He has said in His Word, we will experience the rewards He promises.

When you make it your mission to walk with God, you commit yourself to a life of faith.

Read 2 Corinthians 5:7

This requires that you take God at His Word, not getting caught up in the circumstances of your life.  In order to do this though, you must know what His Word says.  So, walking with God and drawing close to Him requires the study of His Word.  As the text for today says, it is impossible to please Him without faith [believing Him].  Faith in what? Believing what?  His Word.

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So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.  Romans 10:17

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Day 4:  getting close to god requires faith

Key Text:  Jude 1:14-15

After the passage in Hebrews 11 we have been studying this week, Enoch is only mentioned once more in Scripture in the book of Jude. It’s interesting that we should find him here in this book given the subject matter of Jude.  Jude, accepted as Jesus’ half-brother, is writing to the Church to encourage them to contend for the faith, to remain committed to Biblical truth.  The Church and its doctrine were under attack and some inside the Church were corrupting the truth and teaching lies.  Not so very different from today.  The these referred to in the beginning of today’s verse refer to the “ungodly people [inside the Church] who pervert the grace of our God … and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” Jude 1:4 The certain judgment Enoch tells us these people will receive gives us an idea of how seriously God takes the twisting of His Word and the diminishing of His Son.  The people who will be judged are those who chose not to believe what God has said Himself.  They obviously were not close to God, for they had no faith that what He said was true and established, never to be contradicted or proven false.

What is as interesting as what Enoch said is the fact that he was a prophet.  His walk with God was so close that God chose to speak with him and share special insight and revelation that would become a part of His eternal and living Word, recorded for all generations to come.  God’s Word is living and active (see Heb 4:12), and is able to instruct us and guide us in every circumstance of life.  As we get closer to God, He teaches us more about how to navigate our earthly lives, and empowers us to stand strong in the face of any and every challenge with peace and confidence.  Our study of God’s Word is not about simply reading and perhaps memorizing Scriptures but not engaging with them.  Our study is an act of feeding on His Word, on Jesus the Bread of Life, and internalizing it allowing it to build us up.  When we choose to believe Him and place our confidence in His Word, He will demonstrate its truth to us doing for us what we cannot do ourselves.  God’s Word will become active in our personal lives, and as we see Him work in our own lives, our faith grows and is strengthened, and so we seek to get closer and closer to Him.

Those who feed on God’s Word are then able to discern when others are lying about God or His Word.  We know better because we know the truth of His Word.  This is the encouragement that Jude offers to those who may encounter the ungodly perverters of God’s grace.

Read Jude 1:20

We must know the truth in order to recognize a lie.  One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to lead us into knowledge and understanding of God and His Word.  As you read your Bible, ask (seek) the Holy Spirit’s guidance, so that your faith is built, and you are drawn closer and closer to God.  That is a prayer that will certainly be answered, because God rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

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Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.  Heb 10:23 NLT

 

Day 5:  have an expectation of good

Key Text:  Romans 10:9

We know from what we’ve read this week about Enoch that he walked with God.  In fact, we know he “walked faithfully with God 300 years” Gen 5:22 NIV   We don’t know everything God shared with him in the 300 years they walked together.  We do know God shared with him that the ungodly would be judged.  And He must have shared with him that there would be a provision made for the faithful who would not experience such judgment.  We know this because Enoch was in fact saved.  Even before the coming of Christ, Enoch was taken up by God Himself into heaven, saved for eternity.  Whatever God shared with Enoch, Enoch must have believed it, accepting it by faith.  Enoch walked faithfully with God, for 300 years!

Chapter 11 of Hebrews gives us an incredible account of the faithful Old Testament figures.  We know much more about most of them than we do about Enoch.  None of them were perfect, they all had their struggles and failures.  But what they did have was faith in God, and it is for this they are commended.  They all trusted in God’s promises to them.  The most important step of faith in our walk with God that we take is the first one.  If we believe what His Word has said about His Son, and accept it as true for our own lives, then we will be saved to live eternally with God.  This is the greatest promise we receive from God.  His Word is full of other promises to us once we accept the gift of salvation, and all of them are good.

Read Romans 8:32

I encourage you to commit to walking closely with God.  Meditate on His Word day and night and get to know His heart for you.  You will come to find that He is an incredibly loving God who is endlessly patient with us, and He is unimaginably generous to His beloved children.  Your walk won’t be perfect. No one has that distinction.  But when you do struggle, and perhaps fall, believe that God is there to pick you up and lead you on.  He will never, never leave or forsake you for any reason.  Jesus came to give us abundant life (See John 10:10).  Expect good every day from God, because that’s what He wants to give you.

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…for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Heb 13:5

Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steak and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

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