Enoch Walked With God

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There are four places where Enoch comes up in the Holy Bible. He is found in Genesis CH 5, Luke CH 3, Hebrews CH 11, and in the book of Jude. If you are going to learn anything REAL about Enoch and his walk with God, you must first get rid of any ideas of finding anything else about Enoch anywhere else other than in the revelation of the scriptures themselves. I realize that in the age of information this may seem very restricting, constricting, and limiting. BUT it’s by scripture that God chooses to lead the sheep to the green pastures and still waters of spiritual rest, refreshment, healing and nourishment. If you believe the Bible, you know God likens believers to sheep. Stick to the clear paths the good Shepherd gives you from the Bible and steer clear of any extra biblical entrapments. I’m not saying it’s bad to read other books, but if you want to truly know what God said, you will find it where he said it. I’ll repeat that here, I point you only to the King James text. And let me add, the inner witness of the Holy Spirit will only lead you into agreement with the scriptures according to John 16:13.

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The timing of Enoch’s walk with God shows that the birth of his son Methuselah had a great deal to do with this noteworthy walk. Without looking at any Hebrew meanings or additional commentary, we know that Methuselah was significant in that his death marked the timing of the flood Noah was called to prepare for. Genesis 7:6 says Noah was six hundred years old when the flood took place. His father, Lamech, lived one hundred and eighty two years before Noah was born. Lamech’s father Methuselah was one hundred and eighty seven when he was born. 600 + 182 + 187 = 969. Methuselah died when he was nine hundred and sixty nine years old. Methuselah died the year of the flood. Enoch was obviously given revelation about the coming judgment. He became aware of this when his son Methuselah was born. Enoch became alerted. He spiritually woke up AFTER he got knowledge, conviction, and assurance about the soon coming judgment of God.

Since Methuselah was the oldest man that ever lived and the flood came at his death, we know that God wants us to understand that he is LONGSUFFERING. 1 Peter 3:20. He is going to judge the world, but the Bible mentions six times that he is SLOW to anger. Notice that the knowledge of the longsuffering of God did not cause Enoch to be apathetic or lazy in his spiritual life. He was fervent with God. The Lord took Enoch after a short three hundred and sixty five year lifespan in comparison to the length of lives during his time. Methuselah lived another six-hundred and sixty nine years after his father was RAPTURED. There was a large time gap between when the rapture took place and the timing of the judgment. Enoch had an early graduation of sorts and did not have to endure the bulk of the time of God’s longsuffering toward mankind.

I don’t know if there are many other insights we can glean about the numerology of the years of people’s lives that are recorded in Genesis CH 5, but there is one that comes as obvious to my mind. Enoch lived a total of three hundred and sixty five years. There are three hundred and sixty five days in a year. A man should walk in fellowship with God on a DAILY basis. Everyone that knows the Lord should want to be in fellowship with him EVERY day. It is possible to be in fellowship with him all year long in spite of the changing seasons. The changes of life DO NOT have to stop or abate our walk with God.

Enoch’s walk with God begins after Methuselah is born according to Genesis 5:22 and lasts three hundred years. At this point the Bible REPEATS that Enoch did in fact “walk with God”. It says then that “he was not; for God took him” in verse 24. Here we find the first of seven raptures mentioned in the Bible. Enoch does not die like the general statement in Hebrews 9:27 made about the death with which all men have an appointment. Enoch, like a handful of others in the Bible, does not die. God took him.

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“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.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:5-6

The life of Enoch was a life of faith. He pleased God and he was translated. On the issue of Bible translations and the argument that only the original manuscripts are best, we find here an example of God’s usage of the word translation. In this case, the translation was certainly better than the original. God was the Author of this translation! The conclusion would also make sense that only manuscripts that pleased God should be translated. Corrupt readings should be left alone to die in obscurity.

There is certainly a dearth of walkers with God during his time as well as in ours. No one else in the entire world is mentioned to have had a walk with God in this manner. Jude 14 reminds us that Enoch is the seventh from Adam. According to the negative record of the Bible, there are no individuals walking with God from Adam to Enoch. Mankind is much worse than most would care to admit. Think of what a peculiar book the Bible is. If a man wrote it, surely he would have included at least a few or maybe many others that were walking with God. Man would include a great many that could have been mentioned as “not so bad”. The Bible gives a negative and honest record of the history of man’s depravity.

What was so special about Enoch and his walk?

There is no record that Enoch ever wrote anything, but he did PROPHESY according to Jude verse 14-15. Any other witness outside of the Bible is simply a fictional embellishment to the story of Enoch and his life. What did he preach?

“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” Jude 14-15

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This same “coming of the Lord” is mentioned almost verbatim by Moses in Deuteronomy 33:2. Notice the Lord emphasizes the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ much more and above the first coming. Enoch prophesies and his prophecy does not take place for over five thousand years. God’s longsuffering is much greater than we can fathom. Even in the destruction of the world with Noah’s flood, the Lord had plans to stretch time a great length.

Enoch’s message is a warning. His words are extremely negative. His walk with God was not marked by “faith speaking” or positive possibility thinking. He uses the word “ungodly” four times in his one and a half verse sermon. When looking at the earlier part of Jude, it’s not hard to understand why his language is so harsh. Jude starts off talking about false brethren, ungodly men, fallen angels, filthy dreamers, brute beasts, Sodomites, fruitless trees, raging waves, wandering stars, etc, etc.

What was it about Enoch’s walk that was so striking? Was it his hard preaching? Was it his doctrinal purity? Was it his hatred for sin? Was it his willingness to be bear reproach?

Immediately following the prophesy of Enoch, we read of God’s foremost contention with sinners headed for judgment.

“These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.

But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.” Jude 16-18

I want to pose to you that Enoch walked with God because he allowed the Lord to lead him out of a vain life of murmuring, complaining, and the pursuit of his own lusts. The person walking with God is the one who is a witness to the world that he does indeed have a “faithful Creator”. 1 Peter 4:19. Enoch was not a covetous person. He had rule over his tongue to the point where he was not numbered with the murmurers. That’s quite a testimony by today’s standards or any other. If you remember your Old Testament history, murmuring was the primarily issue the children of Israel had during their forty year journey through the wilderness. In their case, only two from that whole generation, Caleb and Joshua, made it into the promised land. Those two believed and trusted God.

James 3:1 warns about being preoccupied with mastery in many fields of life under the sun. He says a master receives greater condemnation for wrongdoing. He goes on to spend most of the chapter saying that victory over the tongue is chiefly important in the realm of masteries. I believe it can be understood from the verses and context of what is presented in the truth of this article that the main bone of contention God has with mankind deals with what is termed “hard speeches”. It has everything to do with WORDS! Since James tells us the tongue bridles the whole body, we know the tongue is the initiation for envy, strife, and every evil work. Thanklessness is the first step in apostasy according to Romans CH 1. The words of the mouth are the fruit of the heart according to Christ in the gospels. What comes out of the mouth has roots in the heart, first. Luke 6:45.

God’s aim is to eventually “convince all that are ungodly” from his own MOUTH with destruction. Rev 19:13-15. His words will then proceed as a sword and fire to devour his enemies. 1 Thess. 1:7-10.

To begin your walk with God, you must first come to Jesus as a sinner and trust his righteousness to save your soul from the burning hell. You must call on him in Jesus’ name. After salvation, you will not have fellowship with God unless you allow him to lead you into a victorious life where the tongue is tamed. If you have failed in this area, confess it to the Lord, and be cleansed by the blood Christ shed on Calvary.

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25

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To be like Enoch, is to seek daily mastery over the tongue in its desire to murmur and complain like the rest of the spirit of mankind in this God hating antichrist age. Don’t you go around carrying THAT unclean spirit, Christian! Start walking with God. Live a life of FAITH. Enoch did for three hundred years. It may seem lonely at times, but the Lord is with you!

Jesus says,

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20.

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After serving for 6 years at the top of Alaska in Point Lay, the Bernick Family moved 90 miles further northeast to Wainwright. They are full-time working missionaries. Chad works as a pastor to the village through the Baptist church and responds with the local EMS/fire fighter crew. His wife, Sarah, daily home schools their six children and hosts a sewing class twice a week. They have been in arctic Alaska since 2008.

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