THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 2-22-15

LESSON TITLE: “ENOCH!”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

GOOD MORNING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR THE STUDY OF GOD’S LIVING WORD! WE ARE GLAD YOU ARE WITH US THIS MORNING TO GIVE THIS TIME TO THE THINGS OF GOD. HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THIS TO PUT GOD FIRST AND TO LIFT HIGH HIS HOLY NAME. SO LET’S ALL DO OUR BEST THIS MORNING TO GIVE GOD THE GLORY AND PRAISE HE DESERVES. AT THIS TIME MAY WE START OUR PRAISE TO GOD BY TALKING WITH OUR FATHER IN PRAYER, BOW WITH ME PLEASE!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE - THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN, TO BE SERVANTS IN YOUR KINGDOM. AND FATHER, HELP US TO ALWAYS LOOK TO THE GREAT GIFT OF YOUR SON JESUS AND THE SACRIFICE THAT HE MADE WHICH MAKES ALL THINGS POSSIBLE AND CERTAINLY MAKES ALL THINGS AVAILABLE THAT WE MIGHT, NOT ONLY KNOW YOU, BUT DO YOUR WILL AND BE FOUND FAITHFUL UNTO SALVATION. AND FATHER, HELP US EVERY DAY TO BE LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD AND TO GIVE YOU OUR VERY BEST THAT WE CERTAINLY MIGHT BE WORTHY BEFORE YOU. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

WELL, IT’S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING. OUR FIRST HYMN OF THE DAY FOCUSES OUR MINDS ON THE LIGHT OF GOD. HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE “WALK IN HIS LIGHT!” SO WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “STEPPING IN THE LIGHT!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY HOLDS MANY BIRTHDAYS IN OUR HOUSEHOLD. BIRTHDAYS ARE A YEARLY CELEBRATION WHICH SHOULD REMIND US THAT OUR GOD HAS BLESSED US WITH ANOTHER YEAR OF LIFE. HOWEVER, I THINK WE OFTEN FORGET, THAT LIFE IS TRULY A BLESSING FROM GOD. IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW YOUNG OR OLD WE ARE, WE ALL LOVE TO BE ENCOURAGED AND TO RECEIVE GIFTS OF RECOGNITION. NO DOUBT MANY OF US LOOK FORWARD TO BIRTHDAYS, HOLIDAYS AND SPECIAL TIMES OF THE YEAR, AS WE KNOW WE WILL GET SOME PRESENTS AND BE ABLE TO OPEN THEM UP IN SURPRISE. FURTHERMORE, WE GET TO SPEND TIME WITH THOSE WE LOVE AND TO FEEL HOW MUCH THEY LOVE AND APPRECIATE US.

AS WE THINK ABOUT THE GIVING AND RECEIVING OF GIFTS, LET ME ASK A FEW QUESTIONS FOR US TO CONSIDER. WHEN IS THE GIVING AND RECEIVING OF A GIFT COMPLETE? IS IT WHEN IT IS GIVEN, IS IT WHEN IT IS RECEIVED, OR IS IT WHEN IT IS OPENED AND RESPONDED TO? NOW APPLY THIS TO ALL THAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US.

GOD CREATED US, GAVE HIS SON TO DIE ON THE CROSS THAT WE MIGHT HAVE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, AND THUS HE HAS OFFERED US ETERNAL LIFE IF WE ARE WILLING TO OBEY WHAT HE COMMANDS. SO, GOD HAS DONE HIS PART! HE HAS OFFERED US THE GIFT OF PROMISES AND BLESSING AS HIS FAITHFUL CHILDREN. BUT WHEN IS IT ALL COMPLETE? HAS THE VALUE OF THE GIFT ACTUALLY BEEN REALIZED UNTIL WE RESPOND TO IT?

YOU SEE, IF WE ARE TO TRULY RESPOND TO THE THINGS OF GOD WE MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THE GIFT, OPEN IT AND REACT TO IT’S REQUIREMENTS. THEN AND ONLY THEN HAS THE PROCESS BEEN COMPLETED AND THE FINAL OUTCOME BEEN ACCOMPLISHED BECAUSE GOD HAS DONE HIS PART AND WE HAVE FINALLY FULFILLED OURS. HOW HAVE YOU RESPONDED TO THE GIFT OF GOD? KEEP IN MIND THAT THE SALVATION OF YOUR SOUL COUNTS ON YOUR RESPONSE TO THIS QUESTION! AS PAUL SAID IN 2 CORINTHIANS 9:15, “THANKS BE TO GOD FOR HIS INDESCRIBABLE GIFT!” RESPOND TO THE WONDROUS GIFT OF GOD TODAY!

IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IT WILL BE TIME TO BEGIN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. AS FAR AS OUR SERIES, TODAY WE WILL BE CONTINUING TO TALK ABOUT, “SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES!” THE SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY WILL DEAL WITH, “ENOCH!” SO, PLEASE STAY WITH US THIS MORNING AND AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME I WILL BE LEADING US IN THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE DAY. THE NAME OF THE HYMN, “THE GOSPEL IS FOR ALL.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'VE CONTINUED WITH US THIS DAY AS WE NOW RETURN TO GOD'S WORD IN OUR NEW SERIES - A SERIES THAT WE JUST BEGAN LAST WEEK TAKEN FROM HEBREWS CHAPTER 12. WHAT WE LEARNED THERE EARLY ON IN THAT CHAPTER - THAT THERE IS A GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES REFERRED TO, THOSE WHO HAVE PROVEN THEMSELVES, AS CHAPTER 11 PROVES TO US BY FAITH. BY FAITH THEY PROVE THEMSELVES TO BE WORTHY WITNESSES; THAT WE MIGHT LEARN BY THEIR EXAMPLE AS WELL AS BE CHALLENGED TO STAY AWAY FROM THE THINGS THAT MIGHT ENSNARE US IN THIS WORLD.

AND SO AS I WAS SAYING LAST WEEK WE BEGAN WITH OUR FIRST CHARACTER THERE IN INTRODUCING THE TOPICS. BUT WE REMEMBER ABEL IS WHO WE PRIMARILY DISCUSSED. BESIDES ABEL WE AS WELL MENTIONED A FEW THINGS FROM VERSES 2 AND 3 OF HEBREWS CHAPTER 11. YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THAT IT MENTIONS THE ELDERS RECEIVED A GOOD TESTIMONY BY THEIR FAITH. IT'S REFERRING TO CERTAINLY THOSE WHO WERE OLDER OR THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO AS WE SEE THROUGHOUT THE STORIES AS WELL WERE LEADERS. BUT THEN HE ALSO SAYS THAT EVEN WE BY FAITH BELIEVE THE WORLDS WERE FRAMED. IN OTHER WORDS, WE GO BACK TO THE BOOK OF GENESIS AND WE BELIEVE THAT AS THE BIBLE SAYS, GOD SAID LET THERE BE LIGHT AND THERE WAS LIGHT. YOU SEE, WE BY FAITH BELIEVE. WE WEREN'T THERE. WE DIDN'T SEE IT WITH OUR OWN EYES BUT WE BELIEVE IT. AND THEREFORE WE ACT BY OBEDIENCE ON THE WILL OF GOD BECAUSE WE DO BELIEVE THAT HE IS GOD, HE CREATED THE WORLD, AND HE IS WORTHY OF OUR HONOR AS WELL AS OBEDIENCE TO THE THINGS HE HAS COMMANDED.

AND THEN AS I SAID THERE IN VERSE FOUR, WE LOOKED AT THE STORY OF ABEL - HOW CAIN KILLED ABEL BUT YET HOW ABEL BEFORE HIS DEATH WAS A MAN WHO PROVED HIMSELF BEFORE GOD. IN FACT, THE TEXT SAYS THERE THAT HE OBTAINED A MORE EXCELLENT RESULT UNDER RIGHTEOUSNESS BEFORE HIS GOD. MORE EXCELLENT, NOT BECAUSE CAIN DIDN'T HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITY BUT BECAUSE HE OFFERED A BETTER SACRIFICE. SO WE DISCUSSED THE FACT THAT THERE WAS OBVIOUSLY A PROBLEM WITH SOMETHING HAVING TO DO WITH THE SACRIFICE ITSELF OR THE ATTITUDE OF CAIN; IN THE FACT THAT HIS FAITH WAS NOT TRULY DEMONSTRATED IN THE RIGHT WAY TO HIS GOD - YET ABEL'S WAS DEMONSTRATED PROPERLY.

TODAY THEN WE GO BACK, EVEN ONCE AGAIN TO THE OLD TESTAMENT, AND WE SEE THE STORY OF A MAN NAMED ENOCH. AND IT'S QUITE SIGNIFICANT AS WE THINK ABOUT THE IDEA OF MAYBE SOME OF THE GENEALOGIES THAT ARE GIVEN THERE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. AND FOR INSTANCE WE GET TO, EVEN CHAPTER 4 OF GENESIS, AND WE SEE THE GENEALOGIES OF CAIN. WE GET TO CHAPTER 5 AND WE SEE THE GENEALOGIES OF ADAM AND EVEN SETH AND THEN SPECIFICALLY WITHIN THOSE GENEALOGIES IS A MAN NAMED ENOCH. IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE DISTINGUISH ENOCH A DESCENDENT OF SETH, WITH ENOCH THE DESCENDENT OF CAIN. BECAUSE BACK IN CHAPTER 4 THERE IS A MAN WHO CERTAINLY WAS FAR FROM RIGHTEOUS, AND CERTAINLY WAS NOT OF THE FAMILY OF GOD OR THOSE WHO CHOSE TO SERVE GOD WHO BORE THE SAME NAME. IT CERTAINLY WOULDN'T BE ODD FOR US TODAY TO SEE THAT THE SAME NAME IS USED BY MANY. IN FACT, THERE ARE A LOT OF NAMES YOU CAN THINK OF THAT YOU KNOW LOTS OF FOLKS WITH THAT SAME NAME. AND SO THE SAME WAS TRUE BACK IN THAT DAY. IN FACT, WE KNOW THAT MANY TIMES THE NAMES WERE USED TO SOMEHOW HONOR THOSE WHO HAD LIVED BEFORE, THE SAME WAY OFTEN THAT WE MIGHT EVEN DO IN OUR OWN FAMILIES.

BUT HERE WITHIN CHAPTER 5 IN THE DESCENDENTS, THE LINEAGE OF SETH THROUGH ADAM, WE FIND A MAN THERE IN VERSE 18 WHOSE NAME IS ENOCH. AND WE START IN VERSE 18 BECAUSE IT TELLS US ABOUT HIS FATHER JARED. AND JARED, THE BIBLE SAYS GENESIS CHAPTER 5, “LIVED 162 YEARS AND BEGOT ENOCH. AFTER HE BEGOT ENOCH, JARED LIVED 800 YEARS, AND HAD SONS AND DAUGHTERS. SO ALL THE DAYS OF JARED WERE 962 YEARS AND HE DIED.” NOW IN VERSE 21 WE BEGIN TO LEARN ABOUT THE LIFE OF ENOCH. WE'VE ALREADY LEARNED THAT HIS FATHER WAS JARED AND IF YOU WERE TO GO BACK UP YOU WOULD LEARN WHO HIS LINEAGE WAS ALL THE WAY TO SETH, AS WE CLARIFIED EVEN UNTO ADAM. BUT NOTICE HERE HOW LONG ENOCH LIVED BEFORE HE HAD HIS FIRST CHILD AND THAT CHILD'S GOING TO BE VERY FAMILIAR TO YOU. LOOK WITH ME THERE IN VERSE 21; AND, “ENOCH LIVED 65 YEARS AND BEGOT METHUSELAH.” DO YOU REMEMBER THE MAN METHUSELAH? IF WE LOOK WITHIN THE SAME TEXT DOWN IN VERSE 27, “ALL THE DAYS OF METHUSELAH WERE 969 YEARS; AND HE DIED.” METHUSELAH, AS FAR AS A BIBLICAL RECORD, IS THE OLDEST MAN WHO EVER LIVED - WHO EVER LIVED IN RELATIONSHIP TO GOD'S CREATION FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME. AGAIN, ACCORDING TO THE RECORD THAT WE HAVE. BUT NOT ONLY THAT, BUT METHUSELAH IF YOU'LL NOTICE HAD IN VERSE 28 LAMECH. AND LAMECH WAS THE FATHER OF WHO? NOAH. SO METHUSELAH WAS THE GREAT GRANDFATHER OF NOAH. AND THAT MAKES ENOCH THE GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER OF NOAH.

SO IF WE THINK ABOUT THE MAN ENOCH BEING ONLY FOUR OR FIVE GENERATIONS REMOVED FROM SETH. AND THEN WE THINK ABOUT HIM BAREING METHUSELAH AND BEING THE GREAT-GREAT GRANDFATHER OF NOAH. BOY, THIS IS A RICH HERITAGE THAT THIS LINE IS COMING FROM. THERE ARE A LOT WHO SEEM TO BE, AS INDICATED, LOVERS OF GOD AND SERVERS OF GOD. NOW, THAT'S NOT ALWAYS THE CASE. BUT CERTAINLY, AT LEAST WITHIN THE STORY OF LAMECH, WE FIND A RIGHTEOUS MAN. AND I'VE ALWAYS FOUND IT SIGNIFICANT THAT HIS SON WAS BLESSED TO LIVE, AS WE'VE ALREADY CLARIFIED, LONGER THAN ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL. AND SO AGAIN IT SHOWS, AT LEAST IN SOME REGARD, A COMMITMENT OR OUR LOVE TO THE WILL OF GOD.

NOW HOW COMMITTED THEN WAS ENOCH TO THE THINGS OF GOD? WELL, LET'S GO NOW TO VERSE 23 AND THE BIBLE SAYS, “SO ALL THE DAYS OF ENOCH WERE 365 YEARS.” BUT WHAT WAS IT ABOUT HIS LIFE THAT WAS SO PRECIOUS TO GOD? WELL THE VERSE SAYS THAT ENOCH, VERSE 24, WALKED WITH GOD AND HE WAS NOT FOR GOD TOOK HIM. WOW, YOU SEE WE LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT THE LIFE OF ENOCH THAT IS CLARIFIED ABOUT HIM THAT REALLY IS NOT SAID ABOUT THE OTHERS HERE WITHIN THIS TEXT. NOW, WE LATER LEARNED THE FAITHFULNESS OF NOAH IN GENESIS CHAPTER 6. BUT HERE WITHIN THESE GENEALOGIES OF ALL THE INDIVIDUALS, IT SEEMS LIKE THE RIGHTEOUS ONE OR AT LEAST THE MOST RIGHTEOUS ONE WAS ENOCH. AND HE WAS RIGHTEOUS FOR THE REASON THAT IS DESCRIBED THERE IN THAT SAME VERSE. HE WALKED WITH GOD.

NOW BECAUSE OF HIS FAITHFULNESS AND HIS WILLINGNESS TO WALK WITH GOD AND WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THAT IN JUST A MOMENT IN OUR LESSON TOGETHER, BUT BECAUSE OF THAT FAITHFULNESS, WHAT DOES IT SAY WAS A RESULT OF THAT FAITHFULNESS? WELL, IT SAYS THAT, “HE WAS NOT FOR GOD TOOK HIM.” NOW IF YOU WERE TO JUST READ THAT, YOU MIGHT SAY - WELL, WHAT IN THE WORLD DOES THAT MEAN?( HE WAS NOT ) WELL, IF YOU'LL PUT IT WITHIN THE CONTEXT, YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THAT ALL THE OTHERS AT THE END OF THEIR LIFE AND THE DAYS GIVEN OF THEIR LIFE, IT SAYS THAT THEY WERE SO MUCH OLD AND THEY DIED. DO YOU NOTICE WITH ENOCH THAT IT DOESN'T SAY THAT HE DIED? BUT WHAT IT SAYS, IS THAT HE WAS NOT, FOR HE WAS TAKEN BY GOD. IT SEEMS TO INDICATE HERE, AS WE WILL AFFIRM IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 11, THAT ENOCH DID NOT TASTE OF PHYSICAL DEATH. WHY? BECAUSE HE WALKED WITH GOD.

DID YOU KNOW IN THE BIBLE THERE ARE ONLY TWO INDIVIDUALS THAT WE EVER SEE WHO DID NOT TASTE OF PHYSICAL DEATH? EVEN JESUS, GOD IN THE FLESH, SUFFERED PHYSICAL DEATH. BUT ENOCH IS ONE AND YOU PROBABLY WELL REMEMBER THAT ELIJAH WAS TAKEN IN THE CHARIOT IN THE WHIRLWIND. ELIJAH IS THE OTHER. AND WHAT IS MAYBE A COMMON THREAD ABOUT BOTH OF THOSE MEN? OH, THEY WERE GREAT MEN OF FAITH. THEY WERE INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE COMMITTED TO THE WILL OF GOD AND TO DOING THE WILL OF GOD. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE FIND OUT ABOUT ENOCH.

IF YOU WERE TO DO A WORD SEARCH, YOU'RE GOING TO FIND QUICKLY THAT THERE REALLY AREN'T A LOT OF TEXTS ABOUT ENOCH - AT LEAST IN COMPARISON TO MAYBE THE DISCUSSION WE HAVE ABOUT ABEL OR EVEN ABOUT THE DISCUSSION CERTAINLY ABOUT MEN LIKE NOAH OR ABRAHAM OR OTHERS THAT WE WILL TALK ABOUT IN THE FOLLOWING WEEKS. SOME OF THEM, WE HAVE LOTS OF BIBLE VERSES - HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF REFERENCES - AS WELL AS EXAMPLES FROM THE STORY OF THEIR LIFE WHICH ARE USED THROUGHOUT THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS. BUT ENOCH IS A MAN THAT WE ARE TOLD WALKED WITH GOD BUT WE REALLY HEAR LITTLE ELSE THAN WHAT WE FIND IN GENESIS. AND ONE SUCH PLACE IS IN RELATIONSHIP TO A GENEALOGY OF OTHERS THAT IS SPOKEN OF IN THE BOOK OF LUKE. BUT THEN WE HAVE THE REFERENCE IN HEBREWS AND THEN WE HAVE THE REFERENCE IN JUDE.

AND SO LET'S LOOK AT A FEW OF THOSE THINGS TOGETHER THAT ARE TAUGHT THEN IN OUR MAIN TEXT OF HEBREWS CHAPTER 11. BECAUSE IN VERSE 5, THAT NEXT GREAT CHARACTER WHO BY FAITH PROVED THEMSELVES TO GOD, WAS ENOCH. SO WHAT WAS IT ABOUT ENOCH THAT WE LEARN? WELL, READ WITH ME VERSE 5 OF HEBREWS CHAPTER 11: “BY FAITH ENOCH WAS TAKEN AWAY SO THAT HE DID NOT SEE DEATH.” DOES THAT SOUND FAMILIAR? WE WERE KINDA TALKING ABOUT IT AND THEN IT ACTUALLY QUOTES FROM GENESIS THAT HE DID NOT SEE DEATH AND WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD HAD TAKEN HIM, FOR BEFORE HE WAS TAKEN, HE HAD THIS TESTIMONY THAT HE PLEASED GOD. OH WOW, WHAT A MIGHTY REFERENCE TO FAITHFULNESS. NOT ONLY DID HE WALK WITH GOD, HE PLEASED GOD. AND SO WHAT THAT WOULD TELL US IS THAT IN ORDER TO PLEASE GOD, WE MUST WALK WITH GOD. AND IN ORDER TO BE REALLY FAITHFUL TO GOD, WE MUST WALK WITH HIM AND THEREFORE WE WHAT? WE PLEASE GOD. WELL THAT'S QUITE SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE THE NEXT VERSE, 6, SAYS IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD WITHOUT WHAT? FAITH. SO BY FAITH ENOCH PLEASED GOD, WHICH IS A REQUIREMENT OF THE FAITHFUL. BUT HOW DO YOU DO IT? WELL, YOU SEE WE'VE ALREADY LEARNED - HE WALKED WITH GOD. HE STRIVED TO BE INVOLVED IN THE DAILY WALK OF HIS CREATOR.

NOW, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WALKING WITH GOD, CERTAINLY THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THAT MIGHT COME TO MIND, I WOULD THINK WE WOULD ALL AGREE THAT IT WOULD INCLUDE OBEDIENCE. HIS OBEDIENCE TO WHAT? TO KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD AND DOING IT. BECAUSE EVEN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, FOR INSTANCE IN EPHESIANS 4, WE FIND THERE THAT WE ARE TO WALK WORTHY OF OUR CALLING. YOU GO OVER TO CHAPTER 5 - AND THERE IN CHAPTER 5 - HE SAYS THAT AN IMITATOR OF GOD, A FOLLOWER OF GOD, IS ONE WHO WALKS IN LOVE. IS GOD LOVE? CERTAINLY, GOD IS LOVE. AS GOD IS LOVE WE ARE LOVE. WE WALK IN LOVE BECAUSE GOD IS LOVE. HE THEN SAYS LATER IN THE SAME CHAPTER, EPHESIANS 5, THAT GOD IS THE LIGHT. IS GOD LIGHT? ACCORDING TO FIRST JOHN. WE SEE CLEARLY IN CHAPTER 1 THAT GOD IS LIGHT. WHAT MUST WE THEREFORE BE? WE ARE LIGHT. IS THAT NOT WHAT JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 5 - THE GREAT SERMON ON THE MOUNT? YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. CERTAINLY HE DID. WALKING IN LIGHT, WALKING IN LOVE, AND WALKING IN A WISE WAY IS ALSO EMPHASIZED IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5.

I MENTION THESE THINGS BECAUSE I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS MAN WAS ABOUT KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD AND LIVING THE WORD OF GOD. WALKING, NOT JUST SITTING ON A COUCH. NOT JUST THINKING ABOUT IT BUT MOVEMENT, ACTION, WALKING WITH GOD. IN WHAT? IN THE THINGS OF GOD. AND THAT'S A GREAT LESSON THAT WE CAN LEARN - TO NOT ONLY KNOW THE WILL OF GOD AND TO SAY WELL, I UNDERSTAND AND I KNOW WHAT HE WANTS - BUT TO DO IT. BY FAITH ENOCH, BY FAITH HE DID NOT TASTE DEATH BECAUSE HE PLEASED GOD. HOW DID HE PLEASE GOD? NOT JUST BECAUSE HE SAID I BELIEVE LIKE THE DEVILS BELIEVE (JAMES 2) BUT BECAUSE HE WALKED WITH GOD.

NOW THERE'S ANOTHER IDEA THAT I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT IN RELATIONSHIP TO ENOCH IN THE THINGS OF WHAT HE DID TO PROVE HIMSELF. HE OBVIOUSLY, BEING A PROPHESIER OR PROCLAIMER OF THE WILL OF GOD - A PREACHER IF YOU WILL, A PROPHET IN HIS OWN SENSE, OF NOT ONLY KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD BUT DOING IT AND THEN CHALLENGING OTHERS. AS I SAID IT IS REFERRED TO IN THE BOOK OF JUDE, THERE'S ONLY ONE CHAPTER IN JUDE BUT IF YOU LOOK SPECIFICALLY IN THAT CHAPTER IN VERSE 14, NOTICE WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT THIS MAN ENOCH. IT SAYS, “THE SEVENTH FROM ADAM” - WE HAVE CLARIFIED WHAT WE'VE ALREADY LEARNED THERE IN GENESIS - HE'S IN THE GENEALOGIES OF ADAM AND HERE'S WHAT WE LEARN ABOUT HIM. THE MAN WHO WALKED WITH GOD PROPHESIED ABOUT THESE MEN ALSO SAYING, “BEHOLD, THE LORD COMES WITH 10,000 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,” OR GOD. SO WHAT WAS IT THAT ENOCH WAS TRYING TO MAKE KNOWN TO THOSE OF HIS DAY? THAT GOD WILL EXECUTE JUDGMENT ON THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW GOD, ON THOSE WHO DO NOT FOLLOW GOD, ON THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW THE WAYS OF GOD, OR THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST OR BLASPHEME GOD. WELL, IT KIND OF SOUNDS LIKE ENOCH WAS A MAN WHO WAS WILLING TO STAND UP, WHO WAS WILLING TO BE COUNTED WORTHY BEFORE GOD, WHO WAS WILLING TO BE HATED BY OTHERS AND DISLIKED EVEN PERHAPS BY SOME OF HIS OWN FAMILY - EVEN CLOSE FAMILY. WELL, IT DIDN'T STOP ENOCH. IT DIDN'T KEEP HIM FROM WALKING WITH GOD - FROM LOVING GOD. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT'S EVEN GREATER ABOUT THAT, THAT IT DIDN'T STOP GOD FROM BLESSING ENOCH EITHER DID IT?

ENOCH WAS A WELL BLESSED MAN KNOWN NOW WITHIN THE SCRIPTURES, AS WE HAVE SEEN, FOR SOMETHING THAT ONLY HAPPENED TWICE. HE DID NOT HAVE TO TASTE PHYSICAL DEATH BUT WAS ABLE TO GO AND TO BE WITH HIS GOD AT A VERY EARLY AGE BECAUSE OF HIS FAITH. 365 YEARS - LIVING YOUNGER THAN MOST OF HIS GENERATIONS, HE WAS ABLE TO GO AHEAD AND TO BE WITH HIS GOD BECAUSE OF HIS FAITH, BECAUSE OF HIS WILLINGNESS TO TRULY WALK WITH GOD. I WOULD ENCOURAGE US THEN AS CHRISTIANS, THOSE WHO LOVE GOD TODAY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, THAT WE NOT ONLY KNOW GOD. THAT WE NOT ONLY HAVE A DESIRE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HE WANTS BUT THAT, WE BY FAITH, WALK WITH GOD. BECAUSE WHEN WE WALK WITH GOD WE GIVE HIM GLORY AND HONOR AND PRAISE AND WE HELP THE WORLD TO KNOW HIM AND TO WANT TO KNOW HIM BECAUSE OF THE MANY REWARDS, AND BLESSINGS, AND PROMISES THAT HE GIVES US ALL. AND NOT ONLY IN THIS LIFE, BUT YOU WELL KNOW AS I DO, THERE ARE GREAT THINGS AWAITING US ALSO IN THE LIFE TO COME.

CLOSING COMMENTS

MAY I AGAIN TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND THUS A BLESSING TO US ALL. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE INVITED BACK TO JOIN US EVERY FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS TIME OF WORSHIP BEFORE GOD!

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ISN’T THE STORY OF ENOCH WONDERFUL? A MAN WHO WALKED WITH GOD AND WHO WAS SO FAITHFUL THAT HE NEVER EVEN FACED PHYSICAL DEATH. THE REALITY IS, GOD TRULY BLESSES THE FAITHFUL WHO PROVE THEMSELVES TO BE WORTHY IN HIS SIGHT. ARE YOU GIVING GOD YOUR BEST?