ENOCH: Hebrews 11:5
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Well, this post is really late, but I did not want to skip it. Again, these posts are more for me to get into God’s Word and study, but if you enjoy studying God’s Word, I hope you will follow along with me.
Enoch–the second man mentioned in the Hall of Faith–what do we know about him? The Bible does not tell us a lot about him, just like it does not tell us a lot about his predecessor in this chapter, Abel. But what the Bible does tell us is enough to ponder and meditate on for days! We see in Hebrews 11:5 that Enoch was taken to Heaven by God without seeing death. Since he was only one of the two people in history that were taken to heaven by God before death, it would behoove us to ask why? What was so extraordinarily different in Enoch’s life than all the others around him? The only insight we get is in Hebrews 11:5 and 6, Genesis 5:21-24, and Jude 14. The Genesis account tells us that Enoch lived for 65 years, had a son named Methuselah, walked with God after he had Methuselah, lived for 300 more years in which he had more sons and daughters, again it states that he walked with God, and then God took him to heaven when he was 365 years old. It is very significant that the phrase “Enoch walked with God” is repeated two times. There are only 4 verses with 53 words in Genesis that tell us this man’s life’s story, and God wants us to notice the fact that Enoch walked with Him!!! One little girl once said to her mother,
Enoch used to take long walks with God. One day he walked so far God said, ‘It’s too far to go back; come on home with me.’ I think she had it right! The fact that Enoch walked with God shows us that he had already believed in faith and that he had a relationship with God. He had the relationship for which Abel had died, and now Enoch’s faith shows the next logical step in a person’s sanctification. True saving faith will be followed by a person walking with God. Two different studies I read concerning this Hebrews 11 passage said that the people of faith mentioned are not necessarily put in chronologically, but their faith is listed in an “experiential order–that is, faith as experienced in practical life.” (Forerunner Commentary) John MacArthur in his sermon on this text says, “Now this is a new concept in the Book of Genesis. Abel didn’t really understand the concept of walking with God. Abel illustrates worship by faith, Enoch illustrates walk by faith. Now the revelation of Scripture is a progressive revelation, it’s not all given at any one point and Abel got a little of it and Enoch got a little more of it.” Interesting! I had never thought of Hebrews 11 in this way. I just thought of each saint as a man or woman who had believed God, and God honored their faith. That is true, but I love the point that is brought out that these men of God had faith that was building as revelation was made known to them, and they demonstrated their faith by believing and obeying what was revealed to them. Of course, today, we have the whole Scripture revealed to us, so we are responsible for all the truth. That is a wonderful, yet an almost scary truth! These men lived up to the light they had. Am I living up to what God expects out of me? I know the answer for myself–that I fall way short, yet God still loves me and is patient with me and is encouraging me and wants the best for me! How incomprehensible His love is for me!
Okay, I’ll get back on track. The key point I want to focus on today is Enoch walking with God. Because this truth is something that I need to focus on in my spiritual journey, I’m leaving Hebrews 11:6 until next week, even though most people study Hebrews 11:5-6 together. In Hebrews, it says that Enoch pleased God. In Genesis, it says that Enoch walked with God. They’re used interchangeably because what pleases God is when a person walks by faith. What does “walk with God” mean? We know Enoch did not literally walk with God like Adam and Eve did. It means the manner of his daily conduct. He continued in the presence of God daily! For 300 years! Isn’t this what every true believer of Christ desires? I know I do–but I also know I don’t get into His Word, meditate, and pray like I should to stay in His presence, or to really “walk” with Him.
There are many verses that deal with a believer’s walk. It would be too long of a blog post to discuss each one of them, so I thought that I would just list a few, and each day this week, put one of the verses on the Creative K Kids’s Facebook page along with a brief thought. If you would like to follow along, just “like” our Facebook page! The first verse that must be mentioned though is Amos 3:3 where it says, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” Since Enoch was walking with God, he had to be in agreement with Him. This does not mean that Enoch was perfect, but it does imply God’s acceptance of him, and Enoch’s desire to please God. (Forerunner Commentary) So if we are to walk with God on a daily basis, we must be in agreement with Him, which means we must be in agreement with His whole Word! We cannot pick and choose what parts we like, but we must accept the whole Bible as His Word and obey it. Here are just five passages which mention the word “walk” that I’ll try to briefly discuss on our Facebook page this week:
This has been updated from the Facebook discussions on the verses.
Psalm 1:1: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly.”
The first word in Psalm 1:1 is “blessed.” An easy substitution is “happy.” I want to be happy, don’t you? God tells… us that we will be happy if we do not take advice from those who do not love or follow God. One prayer request I pray for my children is that they will have godly friends, friends who will encourage them in their spiritual walk. I always had one great friend who sharpened me spiritually, and I am so thankful for them. My two best friends from elementary and high school are still such uplifting and encouraging friends of mine. A rich treasure for me this past year is that God gave me a godly neighbor that I could walk with; and every time we walked, we would discuss Biblical issues. It wasn’t forced or “holier than thou” discussion; it was just a natural flow of conversation based around our children or what was happening in our lives. If we are going to walk with God, we must make sure that we avoid “walking” with the ungodly. Yes, we need to rub shoulders with them, make inroads into their lives so that we can witness to them; but we are not to let them influence our thinking and decisions. Instead, we should only take counsel from God’s Word and from others who know God’s Word and are able to use His wisdom to apply it to every day situations.
Micah 6:8: “And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”
The previous verse says that God has already shown us what is good–what we should do. And He has! The difference between Enoch and me is that I often do not do what God has shown me to do. Enoch did–every day he walked with God. Matthew Henry said we must make it our “constan…t care” to please or walk with God like Enoch did. This verse shows us that God requires three things:
1. To do justly–we wrong no one, but we do good to all; we render to everyone what is due him. What is due God? Mark 12:28-30 tells us that we should “love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” What is due our fellow man? Mark 12:31 says we are to “love your neighbor as yourself.”
2. To love mercy–justice without mercy is cold and unloving. Mercy is the ability to forgive others the way that Christ forgave us. It includes kindness, benevolence, and love.
3. To walk humbly with your God–this is easier said then done! To be humble, we must be aware of our own shortcomings and ways we have sinned against God and confess those sins to Him, asking Him for forgiveness. And He, in His mercy, forgives us. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Pet. 5:5) Matthew Henry says it this way, “Every thought within us must be brought down, to be brought into obedience with God, if we would walk comfortably with Him.” I want to walk with God! But for me to walk with God, to please Him, I must be continually humbling myself. Inside every one of us is the sin of pride–it is what caused Satan to fall from heaven; Eve succumbed to it in the Garden of Eden, and every day it raises its head in my life. Yet for me to please God, I must humble myself–with Christ’s help and empowerment. Will you pray for me in this area? Because My flesh dearly loves to be right and see things “my way.” But more than that I want to please God and walk with Him.
Galatians 5:16: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
The example of Enoch walking with God has been such a reproof and an encouragement to me to have a daily, moment by moment walk with God. And as a Christian, I have no excuse to hinder me from walking with God, as I have the Holy Spirit who lives inside me and enables me to do right. When I let t…he Holy Spirit direct me every day, and I get in the Word and think God’s thoughts, then my flesh will not to cause me to sin because I am walking–continually and habitually–with God! One of my favorite commentaries is William MacDonald’s Believer’s Bible Commentary because he brings out great truths in a language I can understand. He says about this text, “To walk in (or by) the Spirit is to allow him to have his way. It is to remain in communion with Him. It is to make decisions in the light of His holiness. It is to be occupied with Christ, because the Spirit’s ministry is to engage the believer with the Lord Jesus. When we thus walk in the Spirit, the flesh, or self-life, is treated as dead. We cannot be occupied at the same time with Christ and with sin.” What profound statements–and what a great privilege that God would allow us to walk with Him.
1 John 1:6-7: If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
These verses are so clear, they do not need much expounding! We know from studying Enoch’s life that he “walked with God” for 300 years every day! It was habitual. Yes, he sinned, but everyone knew that he walked in the light, that he walked with God No longer did he walk in darkness where his practice was to continually sin, but he walked in the light where he had fellowship with God. May others around me be able to tell a difference–that I walk in the light and that I love to fellowship with other believers.
2 John 6: And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
A person can see if I am a true believer, if I really love the Lord, by watching my life and seeing if I keep God’s commandments. Again, I am to “walk” after His commandments. This will be a habitual, daily practice. It should not be said o…f me that on Sunday I go to church, and the rest of the week I live how I please. The biggest test of this in my life will be my children. They see me every day, and they are watching how I respond to life around me. If I keep His commandments on a daily basis, if I walk with God like Enoch did every day, then it will be obvious to them that I have true faith, that my Christianity is real. If I do not–if I sing the songs in church on Sunday, but get angry or am not loving, then I am a hypocrite, and they will see it! And they might reject God, because what they see is just a show. Oh, how I need to rely on the Lord’s strength moment by moment, to truly walk with God and let His Spirit direct me!
There are many more passages in the Bible which have the word “walk” or discuss our steps being guided by the Lord, and these passages would make a tremendous study if you would be inclined!
Are there any verses that I did not mention that specifically have the word “walk” in them, and they have to deal with a believer’s walk with Christ? Please share with us!