June 25, 2017

Enoch: A Man of Faith

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:00 am by sranderson0103

Enoch: A Man Of Faith By Don R. Patton

“When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God for 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters. The entire lifetime of Enoch was 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and then he disappeared because God took him away.” (Genesis 5:21-24 ESV)

We are confident that Enoch was one of the most godly men that ever lived. He is one of only two, before the flood, of whom it is said that he “walked with God.” Noah did too. “…Noah was a godly man; he was blameless among his contemporaries. He walked with God.” (Genesis 6:9 NET)

Enoch is also one of only two individuals who never died.

“As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a fiery chariot pulled by fiery horses appeared. They went between Elijah and Elisha, and Elijah went up to heaven in a windstorm.” (II Kings 2:11 NET)

Genesis reveals a precious little about him, but the New Testament tells us more. Together they reveal Enoch to be exemplary among men and special to God.

Hebrews emphasizes that he was man of faith.

By faith Enoch was taken up so that he did not see death, and he was not to be found because God took him up. For before his removal he had been commended as having pleased God. Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:5-6 NET)

We don’t know all that was revealed to Enoch but he certainly saw what Paul says the Gentiles saw.

“…God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19-20 ESV)

He “perceived” the obvious evidence of a Creator. He did “believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” and it affected how he lived. He honestly, nobly yielded to the necessary implications: humble submission (the real barrier to many today who refuse faith). Enoch’s faith produced a close walk with God. This faith pleased God.

The book of Jude tells us more about how Enoch lived. Unlike the pluralists of today who do not believe in the exclusive nature of truth, Enoch’s faith impelled him to denounce strongly the false teaching and ungodly living of his day because he believed a real judgment day was coming.

“Now Enoch, the seventh in descent beginning with Adam, even prophesied of them, saying, “Look! The Lord is coming with thousands and thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all, and to convict every person of all their thoroughly ungodly deeds that they have committed, and of all the harsh words that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” (Jude 14-15 NET).

We should also take note of the fact that Jude was a creationist, who not only believed that Adam and Enoch were real characters, but also believed the genealogies were real and dependable. (Enoch’s birth was only 192 years after Adam’s death, according to the Septuagint)

Enoch certainly belongs in the list of the great heroes of faith recorded in Hebrews chapter 11. We should all look forward to meeting him, perhaps today.

Adapted from ideas in an article by John Morris


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