ENOCH, A MAN WHO WALKED WITH GOD; Genesis 5:18-24; Hebrews 11:5, 6; Jude 14, 15
A. I love to do character studies. This is when we examine a particular Bible character to see what their life was like and how it can help us in our particular spiritual journey. Today we are going to look at an amazing Old Testament character—Enoch.
B. Not much is said about this man named Enoch. He is only mentioned in three passages of Scripture yet he is one of the most fascinating men in the Bible.
C. This is the genealogy of man from Adam to Noah.
Vs. 1-5 (NLT) “This is the written account of the descendants of Adam. When God created human beings, He made them to be like Himself. He created them male and female, and He blessed them and called them ‘human.’ When Adam was 130 years old, he became the father of a son who was just like him—in his very image. He named his son Seth. After the birth of Seth, Adam lived another 800 years, and he had other sons and daughters. Adam lived 930 years, and then he died.”
Question: “To Adam were born sons and daughters. So where did Cain get his wife?”
D. Cain married his sister. Because there were so few people on the earth God allowed it. Later, God did not allow this to be done.
E. Throughout this chapter we see the phrase, “[So and so] lived...became the father of [children]...and then he died.” But something strange happens when we come to Enoch.
Vs. 18-21 (NLT) “When Jared was 162 years old, he became the father of Enoch. After the birth of Enoch, Jared lived another 800 years, and he had other sons and daughters. Jared lived 962 years, and then he died. When Enoch was 65 years old, he became the father of Methuselah.”
F. Something happened to Enoch when Methuselah was born.
Vs. 22 (NLT) “After [not before] the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters.”
• (Dake) “When he is dead it shall come”
• (Biblical Hebrew) “When he is dead it shall be sent; man of a javelin (dart)”
H. “The Bible doesn’t actually mention it, but a little arithmetic reveals that Methuselah died in the year of the great flood.” (See Abarim Publications and Halley’s Handbook, pg. 71). Methuselah was a sign post for the world to see but they didn’t recognize it.
Vs. 23, 24 (NLT) “Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.”
AN EXAMPLE OF GOD’S GRACE
A. Through the story of Enoch and Methuselah, we see how grace was extended to mankind.
Vs. 27 (NLT) “Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died.”
B. Methuselah lived 969 years. He lived longer than any man or woman ever lived. Even Adam himself only lived 930 years (Genesis 5:5).
• Methuselah is a type of God’s grace. God didn’t want to judge the world so He gave mankind almost 1,000 years to repent (Jonah 4:2).
• Enoch is a type of the rapture of the church. Judgment came to the world in chapter 6 (the flood). But in chapter 5, Enoch was removed before this took place.
C. In the same way, God will judge the world during the Tribulation. But beforehand, He will take His own to be with Him. I believe God took Enoch home just so He could fellowship with him all the time.
D. How did God take Enoch? Through sickness? Through an accident? How?
Hebrews 11:5, 6 “It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—‘he disappeared, because God took him.’ For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”
Vs. 6 (Wuest) “The one who comes to God must believe two things, first that He exists, and second, that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.”
E. Many Christians only fulfill half this verse. They believe that God exists. But we must go one step further. We must also believe that He is A REWARDER when we diligently seek Him!
F. In verse 5, the writer of Hebrews quotes Genesis 5:24. Enoch was translated and taken to heaven. Only Enoch and Elijah never tasted death.
Vs. 5 (NKJV) “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, ‘and was not found, because God had taken him.’”
G. This means that people looked for him but could not find him. They must have thought that he went missing. People will be looking for us after the rapture.
H. This was at the BEGINNING of mankind and yet the Lord gave Enoch a glimpse of the second coming of Christ, which takes place AFTER the church age.
Jude 14, 15 “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord comes WITH ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.’”
I. The word ungodly is found four times in verse 15. This takes place after the seven year Tribulation period.
• At the rapture, Jesus comes back FOR His saints. He takes them to heaven.
• At the second coming, Jesus comes back WITH His saints.
J. Jesus will come back and defeat His enemies at the battle of Armageddon. This could be called the day of the vengeance of our God.
K. We need to be ready for the return of the Lord. We must shake off apathy and complacency. We must be busy about the Father’s business!
Example: Some time ago Kris Vallotton—a prophet from Bethel—noticed that every time he entered a worship service, his watch gained an hour. After purchasing three different watches, all of which gained an hour during worship, he finally asked the Lord what this could mean. The Lord said, “It’s later than you think.”
WHAT IT MEANS TO WALK WITH GOD
A. The word walk is used quite often to refer to the Christian faith.
B. In fact, the word walk in its various forms (walk, walked, walking, etc.) is found 413 times in the KJV of the Bible.
C. Sometimes it does refer to walking physically from one place to another.
Matthew 14:24, 25 (NLT) “The disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water.”
D. But walking is also used symbolically as well. Below are just a few of the verses that use this word symbolically.
• “...Enoch walked with God three hundred years...” (Genesis 5:22, 24).
• “...Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:9).
• “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
• “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).
• “I...exhort you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you were called” (Ephesians 4:1 MEV).
• “...walk in the light as He is in the light...” (1 John 1:7 MEV).
• “Whoever says he remains in [Jesus] ought to walk as He walked” (1 John 2:6 MEV).
E. The word walk is used symbolically to represent several things:
1. Walking is a description of progress, growth and maintaining fellowship with God. It speaks of a lifestyle. It refers to our conduct and behavior.
2. Just as walking is done one step at a time, walking with God is not an event—it is done one day at a time.
3. No one gets from one place to another in ONE STEP. Spiritual maturity comes over time. It takes MANY STEPS. We go from being a spiritual infant, to childhood, to being a spiritual teenager and eventually to adulthood. King David said, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Psalm 37:23).
FELLOWSHIP WITH THE FATHER
A. Let me give you three timeless truths:
(1) You have been created by God for the purpose of fellowship.
A. Twice in Genesis 5 it mentions that Enoch walked with God.
Vs. 22 (NLT) “...Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters.”
B. This shows us that we can have children and still be very close to the Lord.
Vs. 24 (NLT) “Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God.”
C. In the midst of an evil world, we can walk closely with God. Like Enoch, we can live godly in an ungodly world.
D. God created Adam for fellowship (Genesis 3:8). This is the purpose of man’s existence.
E. Our fellowship is not just to be with other believers. It is to be with the Lord Himself.
F. There is a difference between relationship and fellowship.
1. Our relationship is eternal.
2. Our relationship is secure.
3. Our relationship depends on God. It cannot be broken.
1. Our fellowship is temporal.
2. Our fellowship fluctuates.
3. Our fellowship depends on us. It can be broken and estranged.
Example: If a husband and wife have a fight, they don’t break their relationship—they are still married. They break fellowship.
(2) Prayer is to be—first and foremost—fellowship and communion with God.
A. Many people only pray when they are in trouble. To them, prayer is nothing more than giving God their “shopping list.”
B. Our prayer life is to be more than just asking for things. It is fellowship with the Lord.
(3) Close fellowship with the Lord makes the Christian life sweeter.
A. Are you merely acquainted with the Lord or are you a close friend? You are as close to the Lord as you want to be. Make Him your first priority.
Proverbs 18:24 “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
B. The word friend (in its various forms) is found three times in this one verse. But two different Hebrew words are used.
Vs. 24a “friends” - (Yandian: rea) associate
Vs. 24b “friend” - (Yandian: ahab) an intimate, blood covenant friend
C. If you want to have friends (associates, acquaintances), you must be friendly. But there is an intimate, covenant friend—Jesus—who sticks closer than any brother/sister.
D. This friend refers to Jesus. The word “ahab” is used only a few times in Scripture, twice referring to Abraham as an intimate, covenant friend of God (2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8).
E. I want to be more sensitive to the Lord. I believe that God is ALWAYS speaking. As His sheep, we hear His voice (John 10:27). Kris Vallotton said, “If we have not heard the Lord speaking to us in the past 24 hours, we probably missed His voice.” MFM