Enoch – The Grace to Walk with God
INTRODUCTION: God’s grace is a dynamic change agent that works in our lives to transform us into the image of Christ. Scripture is full of stories of what God’s grace looks like in individual lives and specific situations. In this message we are going to focus on “Enoch – Grace to Walk with God.”
There are three books in the Bible that tell us about Enoch-not a lot, just a verse here and a verse there.
Genesis 5:21-24 tells us about the manner of Enoch: And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: (22) And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: (23) And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: (24) And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”
Jude 14-15 tells us about the ministry of Enoch: “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, (15) 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.”
Hebrews 11:5-6 tells us about the move of Enoch: “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. (6) 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.”
When we put together these verses from Genesis, Jude and Hebrews, we have three points that describe the life of Enoch.
FIRST – His Trip with God: Reading through the 5th chapter of Genesis you will discover the phrase “and he died.” But there is one man in Genesis 5 who was an exception, about whom the Spirit could not write, "and he died." His name is Enoch-and he never died! One day God carried him off to heaven!
Enoch lived in the same days during which Noah lived, when men's minds and imaginations according to Genesis 6:5; were "only evil continually."
It was a time described in Genesis 6:1-13 of unparalleled ungodliness, when wickedness was increasing, corruption spreading, and violence breaking the heart of God.
People were enjoying life and making their plans as though nothing could interrupt them. Both Noah and Enoch were warning people of the wrath to come, but nobody was paying much attention.
According to Matthew 24:32, Jesus said that the world before the Flood pictures the world before His return. So, in that sense, you and I are living in times not unlike those in which Enoch lived.
Corruption and violence are on the increase, the number of the godly is on the decrease, and there appears to be no release!
And yet Enoch walked with God.
Enoch walked with God before there were Bibles.
Enoch walked with God before the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit indwelled the believers.
Enoch walked with God before churches, preachers, camp meetings, revivals, gospel radio and television.
Enoch walked with God while the rest of the world was walking with sin, lust, passion and the Devil.
Allow me to point out that faith in God, such as Enoch had, is enough to enable anyone to live for Him in this world. Faith only needs you and God. And when you walk with Him in obedience to His Word, He will give you an abundant life.
If you desire, you can live for God in the midst of a society of infernal influence. In our society, we blame everything on the environment, our neighborhoods and the public educational system.
If Enoch could walk with God in the midst of an ungodly world, we can live for God, even though the rest of the world is living for the Devil.
Genesis 5:22 makes an interesting statement, "Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah." One Bible commentator said that if there's ever a time to begin walking with God, it's when you become a parent. I don't know what kind of life he lived before his 65th birthday- but there was something about the birth of Methuselah that pointed Enoch toward God. From that day forth, he began to walk with God.
I believe that America wouldn't be in the shape she's in if she had more godly mothers and fathers who would be like Enoch and WALK with God, LIVE for God and set that kind of an EXAMPLE before their children.
Parents, you may fool a lot of people, but you cannot fool your children-they can point out every one of your faults and failures.
Don't be one thing at church and another thing at home. If we are going to walk "with God," then there are certain criteria we must meet.
Walking with God means an AGREEMENT with God. The prophet Amos said in Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” There is no exception to that statement. The word translated "agreement" can also mean "appointment," and both meanings are important.
If you and I are going to walk with God, we must begin the day with an appointment, a definite time set aside for reading the Bible, meditating on its truths, and praying for God's help to obey what we have learned. Unless we wait on God and worship God, we can never successfully walk with God.
When Enoch was sixty-five years old, he stepped into an agreement with God and kept that agreement. That's what happens the moment you get saved. You agree with God about sin, about yourself, about salvation, and you take Him at His Word and put faith in the Word of God.
You cannot walk with God if you do not agree with Him, because He is always right on every issue!
Walking with God means an ALIGNMENT with God. In other words, you cannot walk with someone if you are not going in the same direction.
If you are running ahead of God, then you are not walking with Him.
If you are lagging behind God, you are not walking with Him.
If you are living a life of disobedience to the revealed will of God for you, then you are not walking with Him.
God, in His mercy, will not take you to the next level of your Christian life until you live up to the light you have from Him right now.
The average independent Baptist is stuck in his Christian life. He has drawn imaginary lines around his life and said, "God, I'm not going any further than that line right there. I have let You save me. I've done a lot of things for You and given up a lot of things for You, but I am not going any further than that line for You!" Until you have a line-erasing revival, God will never take you to the next level.
If you are going to walk with God in this sinful world, there must be an agreement, and there must be an alignment. You must be going in the direction in which God is going, you must be going at God's pace, and you must stay in step with Him.
You have to make the choice. You can walk by yourself, or you can walk with God.
The average church member does not understand that he has Someone with whom he can walk and talk and fellowship, and His name is Jesus!
We don't have to figure out our own problems alone.
We don't have to handle our situations alone.
We don't have to still our own storms.
There is Somebody along life's journey that will walk with us, talk with us, love us and fellowship with us. Thank God, in the midst of this sinful world, we can walk with God! Someone had this to say,
Enoch was not just a Sunday-morning-only Christian. He didn't walk down the aisle and shake the preacher's hand and then not show up for six more months. He walked with God faithfully and consistently for 300 years. During that length of time, there must have been some troubles and storms, some hills and valleys, some battles and crosses in his life. But during those difficult times and places, Enoch walked with God day by day and step by step.
If you have enough faith in God, you can hold up your head and live for Him in this sinful world.
You can agree with God, align with Him and live for Him, while the rest of the world lives for the Devil.
You have Someone to walk with you consistently through this lowland of sin and sorrow.
SECOND – His Testimony for God: Again in Hebrews 11:5; we read, “… for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. A testimony is what others know about you. It's how you live your life in front of others.
Not only did Enoch live for God when nobody else was living for God, but all those who were not living for God knew that Enoch was living for God!
You all have lost loved ones in your family who don't believe in the Bible, don't believe in the church and don't believe in you. In fact, they think you are a religious crackpot.
Because you are faithful to God, they think you've gotten yourself involved in a cult.
Because you behave differently, they consider you a party pooper who ruins family reunions. They think you were a lot more fun when you were a drinker and a doper than you are as a Christian.
It is sad to say it, but I believe there are parents in every neighborhood that would rather have their children going to beer parties and pot parties than to walk inside the walls of a fundamental Baptist church and hear the Word of God preached!
But remember this: even though their family may not have a personal knowledge or relationship with God, they know there is something different about you.
Don't argue the Bible with them. It takes God to open their eyes.
Don't argue theology with them, because you cannot change their minds. It takes God to change their minds.
They may not love your church or your preacher; they may not love your Bible, but there is one thing with which they cannot argue – the fact of your testimony.
A changed life and the grace of God worked in Enoch's life, and he pleased God. Nobody else was pleasing God, but he was pleasing God.
In this lost and dying world in which we live by faith, every one of us can have a testimony that is above reproach while we are still alive. And we can leave behind a testimony that we pleased God in our lives.
What do people say about you and God?
What do people say about you and your family?
What do people think about you?
"Preacher, it doesn't matter what they think, because God looks on the inside of my heart." I know, but people that are lost do not have the ability to look on the inside; they can only see the outside.
Fruit always grows on the outside of the tree, not on the inside. You don't have to cut down a tree to find its fruit; the fruit hanging on the outside identifies it.
If you will listen to the leadership of the Holy Spirit of God who is the voiceof God in your life, you won't need a preacher to twist your arm and beat you over the head with a fear-of-God’s bully club.
We need to show our testimony to this lost and dying world that we mean what we say and we say what we mean. Our lives need to match our lips.
Enoch had a testimony for God. He was living for God all by himself. Every time the ungodly people saw Enoch, they said, "There goes a man with the approval of God.”
The world needs to see more born-again believers who are real and true and have a testimony that the fear of God is in their lives. May a lost person never say about any Christian, "That person is a Christian, but …," and then say some worldly thing which that person has done.
I believe every child of God has the ability to have a godly testimony.
Not everyone can be a preacher or a singer or give multimillions to the work of God.
Not everyone can be a motivator, an organizer or an administrator.
But everyone can know God enough and have enough faith in Him to share a godly testimony with their family, friends, business associates and to the world that says they love God, believe in the Book and are sincere about living for God.
The Bible says in Proverbs 22:1, "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.” Let's guard our testimony; let's lift high the blood-stained banner and let the world know that we are for real!
THIRD – His Translation to God: In Hebrews 11:5; we again read, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him.”
According to the Bible, there were people who were raised from the dead, but there are only two characters in the Old Testament that cheated death – Enoch and Elijah. Genesis 5:24 tells us, "Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him."
Enoch had made such an impact for God on the wicked world that he was missed, and they went looking for him. Eventually, someone realized that God had taken him. He cheated death and went home to be with God. Sometimes the world doesn't realize what it has until it's been taken away.
By the way, at the rapture, there will be a group of people who will cheat death!
Enoch was "translated that he should not see death." The word "translated" means "to leave one realm and go into another realm; to step out of one world and step into another world; to be eternally and forever changed." In I Corinthians 15:51-52; we read,
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
One day, the Lord is going to say, "You are closer to My house than your house." Then we'll drop this robe of flesh, and we'll rise. While passing through the air, we're going to shout, "Farewell, world." Hallelujah!
Enoch had a son named Methuselah. His name means, “When he dies it shall come.” Methuselah lived the longest life in recorded history, and as long as he was alive, God was not going to send judgment to the antediluvian world through the Flood. As long as Methuselah was alive, he was staying the judgment of God.
Enoch received a warning from God that judgment was corning. It was this revelation that turned him from careless unbelief to serious faith. He began to warn others about the wrath to come.
But Enoch and Noah had one more thing in common; they were preserved by God. Enoch was translated and taken out of the world before the Flood ever came. When Methuselah died, Noah came to the forefront, as recorded in Genesis 6.
Noah and his family were brought into the ark, and they were preserved by God behind the pitch-sealed door. They rode out the storm and came out on the other side of the Flood.
Perhaps Noah and the ark represent a picture of the nation of Israel that was set aside just for a moment because of their unbelief. One day, God is going to open their eyes, and they're going to come back to the Holy City and recognize their King. God is not finished with Israel. They are going to go through the time of Jacob's Trouble, but they will be preserved during that time and come through it as the bride of Jehovah.
Perhaps Enoch represents a picture of the church. One day there will be a mysterious disappearance of the saved folks. I don't know when it's going to happen, but one day they will be taken away as quickly as Enoch was taken away-translated so they will not see death. Those left behind will ask, "Where are they? Where are they? Where are they?" But as Enoch was not found, the church will not be found.
According to Genesis 4:16-24, Enoch was surrounded by a society that seemed prosperous and comfortable. But Enoch walked by faith, not by sight. Enoch was not attracted by the cheap merchandise in the Vanity Fair of the world. He lived only to please God, and that motive kept him from being polluted by the world around him.
We daily face three possible motivations: we can please God, please ourselves, or please other people.
If we live to please only ourselves, we will have a miserable life.
If we live only to please other people, we will have an even more miserable life, because we can never please everybody!
On the other hand all of us need to follow the example of Jesus Christ recorded in John 8:29,“…for I do always those things that please him.”
Living to please God is evidence that we are walking by faith, investing our lives in the things that are eternal.
Those who walk by sight want immediate recognition and immediate results.
They battle their way through life, taking care of number one-self.
They sacrifice the eternal for the temporary, character for empty praise, and success for passing fame.
Enoch made none of those foolish blunders, because he lived to please God.
Was it easy? Of course not! Times were difficult, and it takes tough faith to keep going for God in tough times.
But faith is like the muscles in our arms: the more we use our faith, the stronger it becomes. Just about the time we think we are defeated, God sends the victory; and then a brand new battle begins.
Enoch encourages us to keep going in tough times.
If God is walking with us, we need not fear the world around us.
If heaven lies before us, we need not despair at the crumbling society and the hopelessness that lies around us.
If we, like Enoch, will believe God, walk with God, and seek to please God, then one day we shall rejoice and be rewarded when we go to be with God.
For a faith for tough times listen to I John 5:4, "and this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith."
If God has spoken to your heart after reading the sermon "Enoch the Grace to Walk with God,” right now talk to God about what He has spoken to you.
Do you have the assurance that one day you will go to heaven? If you have no assurance that you know Jesus Christ, then I trust you will decide to accept Him as your personal Savior. The Bible tells us in
Acts 16:31,“…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”
Romans 10:13,“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
This prayer is here for those who need to ask Jesus to be their personal Savior: “I do want to go to Heaven. I know I am a sinner, and I do believe Jesus Christ died for me. I realize I cannot buy this great salvation, nor can I earn it. Knowing Jesus died on the cross and arose from the grave to pay my sin debt and to purchase my salvation, I do now trust Him as my Savior, and from this moment on I am completely depending on Him for my salvation.”
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