Faith is measured by what we do, not by what we just say. Who was Enoch and how did he walk by faith?
Hebrews 11:5 – By faith, Enoch was translated so that he did not see death, and was found because God had translated him”; for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. (Verse 6) But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Hebrews tells us that Enoch pleased God and Genesis tells us why he pleased God. He pleased God because he walked with Him. And it takes faith to please God by walking with Him. But what does it mean to walk with God? The New Testament phrase is to “Walk in the Spirit.” When we walk, it’s one step after another, not a hop, skip, jump or leap, walk.
So that means it’s ongoing and progressive. Enoch was sixty-five when he started his walk with God and walked with Him three-hundred years.
Genesis 5:21 – Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. (Verse 22) After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years and begot sons and daughters. (Verse 23) So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. (Verse 24) And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
When we walk with God, He is continually in our decision making thought processes, and He is part of every step we take. God is attached to us as we are aligning ourselves with hIm.
When we walk with people for exercise, we usually walk with people we like. No one walks or exercises with people they don’t like. Amos 3:3 – Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? It’s hard to walk with people we don’t agree with, right? So a walk with God invokes agreeing with Him. Harmony and a shared spiritual perspective is plain.
But in order to do this, Hebrews 11:6, says, “He that comes to God must first believe that He is.” Would you believe that a lot of people that call themselves Christians believe things about God without believing “IN” Him? They don’t take the God of the Bible seriously. One reason is that they don’t know their Bible.
We must believe that God wants to walk with us because He doesn’t just want a visit now and then He wants a real genuine relationship. Now, do you believe that God is a God that rewards those who diligently seek him? How many people truly believe that God responds to them when they pray? The Bible says He does. What exactly does the Bible say is His response to us? “That He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
However, walking with God will often mean we are walking against culture! We will be out of step with culture and society because we are listening to a different spirit.
Jude, verses 14, 15 – Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, (Verse 15) 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.”
Jude says that Enoch was of the seventh generation, not the seventh son from Adam. Why does Jude want us to know this about Enoch? Because there were two Enoch’s in Adam’s family.
Genesis 4:17 – And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city and called the name of the city after the name of his son-Enoch.
Jude is talking about Seth’s generation: Jared was Enoch’s father (Genesis 5:18). The first “Enoch” was known by men because he had a city named after him. But this Enoch that Jude writes about is known by God! Who do you want to know your name?
Jude says that Enoch was not some quiet private Christian, he prophesied against the ungodly. I imagine he was on the move all the time, going from town to town. Enoch did not compromise in order to be popular and neither should we.
If hell can have their representatives, heaven should have theirs too. Not enough Christians take the stand of standing and representing God’s Word. The closer a person gets to God the more sensitive they are going to be to the unrighteousness in their own life and the culture surrounding them.
Those that are too far away from God, won’t hear His voice, it will be undetectable. When we walk beside someone, we don’t have to scream in order for them to hear us. Make sense? If we’re not walking with God, we won’t hear Him give us direction.
When we walk with someone, they will help us go further than we could have gone on our own. The conversation of the relationship will help distract us from the pain of the moment. You may not be used to talking to God in your daily walk, but that is how we build a relationship with a Holy God that wants to walk with us!
How we live this life determines how we leave it.