THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

Program Air Date – 6-3-12

LESSON TITLE: “BY FAITH ENOCH…”

WELCOME

Our young people rightly sing, “The B.I.B.L.E. yes that’s the book for me, I stand upon the Word of God, the B.I.B.L.E! Thanks you for joining us this morning to focus on this “Living Word of God!” It is always a privilege to have you with us for this time of offering to God and we welcome you to this service for our Creator.

Today, we have the opportunity together to worship and praise our God. This morning we will glorify our Lord through songs of praise and through the study of His perfect Word. Won’t you do your part to make this time together acceptable in His sight. Now, let’s approach our Father’s throne in prayer.

(Prayer)

It’s time to start our praise through song. Won’t you join in the first song of the morning, as we sing together, “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be!”

(SONG # 1)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

Today we find many ideas which are present in the religious world which are not supported by scripture. We have all heard statements like, “It doesn’t really matter what one believes,” or “It doesn’t really matter what church someone attends.” Some even go so far as to say, “We all have the right to interpret the scriptures differently, and still be acceptable before God.” My question would be, “where on earth do you find such concepts in the Bible?

In fact, our Bibles say quite the opposite. Notice with me the words of the inspired Peter in 2 Peter 1:20-21. There he said, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Scriptures, or Word of God - is directly from God and no one else.

Paul also confirmed this in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, when he said, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Notice again that ALL scripture is from God to guide men in all walks of life, to “completely and thoroughly equip us.” I don’t know about you, but that is what I choose to follow!

Wasn’t it Jesus who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me,” John 14:6. What is this truth? Again, Jesus said, God’s Word is truth, John 17:17. Furthermore, Christ proclaimed that, “the truth will make us free,” John 8:32.

So if the Word is Truth, and Truth brings us freedom through Christ, what must we follow! Again, I will follow Christ! When will we ever learn that it is not enough to say Lord, Lord! Even Jesus made this point in Matthew 7:21, when He said, “Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” So how do we know if someone is of God? Well, back in verse 20, Jesus also said, we know “by their fruits!”

Finally, I want to mention a verse found in 1 Corinthians 1:10, where the inspired Paul told God’s followers what was expected of them. There he said, “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” Does this sound like it matters to God what we believe and what we do? Certainly! Have we forgotten what Jesus prayed for in John 17? He prayed for unity among His believers. Do you remember what He said there? He fervently prayed for His followers, saying, “that they may be one, as We are.” Choose to follow God today. Do those things which are according to His Will! And accept to do it His Way! Won’t you put your confidence in His Words, which are found in the Bible?

Our topic today will again focus on our series concerning Faith! Our specific study of the morning is entitled, “By Faith Enoch…” So please stay with us this morning and in just a few minutes we will have our guest speaker present this lesson from God’s Word.

This morning we again welcome Brother Brent Green to be with us. He is one of the full time instructors at the Bible Institute of Missouri. We look forward to him leading our main discussion at the appropriate time. But for now it’s time to join in our second hymn of the morning, the name of the song, “Home Of The Soul.”

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LESSON

By Brent Green

When we think about heroes of faith in the Bible, particularly Hebrews 11, maybe the first things that come to mind are men like Abraham, or even Moses, or we think about even other men in the Old Testament men like David. But one name that maybe we don’t give a lot of thought to is the man Enoch because in fact there really isn’t a lot of Biblical information about this character. We think back to the Old Testament and we do see his name in the list of genealogies there in Genesis 5 and also there in 1Chronicles 1 you see his name mentioned there again in the genealogy given. But outside of those genealogies in the Old Testament we don’t have very many references to this man Enoch. Now he is in the genealogy there in the New Testament there as well in the genealogy of Christ there in Luke 3 and in each of those he is found to be the seventh which is what Jude will clarify when we look at his book here in just a moment. But if you think about Enoch and you just read his name what do we know about him? Well, because we find him there in Hebrews chapter 11 there in verse 5 it says, “By faith Enoch was taken away…” Well just the fact that we find him here in this great faith chapter shows us something about the man, he was a man of faith and we will talk about that a little bit more here in just a moment. But for someone to find themselves here in Hebrews 11 alongside men like Abraham and women like Sarah great people of faith, children of God who love God enough to demonstrate true faith, the fact that we find Enoch here stands the testament of his life and what he did before God as he lived as a person of faith.

So let’s think about Enoch even there in the Old Testament you go back to Genesis 5 he stands out in a unique way there. You think about the first ten generations starting there with Adam and then to Seth and we work our way through those first ten generations. Methuselah, which would have been Enoch’s son, lived to be 969 years old and then Lamech and then Noah. Probably you are more familiar with a man like Noah. But in those first ten generations the men averaged about 900 or so years of life. Now there was one who lived only 800 or so and one who lived 700 but on average they lived about 900 or so years except for Enoch, Why? Enoch only lived 365 years old. Well, in a generation of people that were living to be in their 900’s why would he only live that long? Well, we have already seen from the scripture and of course you know if you know anything at all about Enoch the reason why. As we read there in Hebrews 11, lets continue there in verse 5, “By faith Enoch was taken away so 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.” We actually see if we go back to the Old Testament, in Genesis 5 the very same thing, part of what we read there in Hebrews is a quotation from Genesis 5. Beginning there in verse 21 we learn about Enoch, it says, “Enoch lived 65 years and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah Enoch walked with God three hundred years and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God and he was not, for God took him.” What we understand and what we begin to learn about this great man as he finds himself there in Hebrews 11 in that great hall of faith is that he was just that. He was a man of faith and by being a man of faith he demonstrated that faith in God. Again if you think about what we read there in Hebrews 11:5 and also there in Genesis 5:24, think back to the scripture that we read here concerning the details just the few details that we have of Enoch in his life. There again in Hebrews 11 we learn there again in verse 5 as it says, “…Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death…” One of the things about the life of Enoch is that he did not taste death or did not see death as all men will. There in Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” Unless Jesus Christ comes back again while you are still alive, if you are born you will die. That is the fact for every man and every woman except for Enoch and only one other individual there in the Old Testament, a man by the name of Elijah. We also know of Elijah there in 2Kings 2:1&11 that he also did not see death. He was taken there in that chariot of fire in that great whirlwind and didn’t taste death either. So both Enoch and as well Elijah find themselves in a unique category as men of faith that did not see death, physical death as we talk about and understand it to be in this life and this world.

But something else we learn about the man Enoch, there also in verse 5, not only did he not see death why? Well, it says there, “… ‘and was not found because God had taken him.’…” Well the reason he didn’t see death is because he was taken before death could occur, before something would happen to him that would cause him to die, he was taken by God. And again we see in Elijah a parallel or a similarity as the only other man who did not see death and was there fore taken by God that we know of in the scripture. There in 2Kings 2:17, men search for him but they couldn’t find him because he was no more. So, just like Elijah Enoch here is someone who could not be found and what we see there again is that they were searching for these men. You know there in Hebrews 11:5 it says he was not found. Well just like Elijah they sent out men looking for Elijah. “Where is he?” “Where has this man gone?” You know with Elijah in his case, “Where did the man go who prayed that it would not rain and it did not rain? We want to know where he went.” The same way they were looking for Enoch here they were searching but they couldn’t find them, why? Because God had taken him!

Well, if you think about the facts of the life here that we have of Enoch. That he did not see death because God took him. Why is it that Enoch didn’t live to be 900 or so years old? Why was it that he was no more at age 365? Well, the reason is also given there in verse 5, it says, “…for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” We learn something indeed about the life of Enoch, about his character, about the type of man that he was in the sight of God. By faith is what we learn about Enoch that he was a man of faith and that’s why he didn’t see death. That’s why he was taken by God just like Elijah; two men there whose names both start with “E”, both are men of faith. And what we learn here of Enoch and the reason why is because he was indeed a man of faith. He had a good testimony, a good testimony that would point to the fact that the things that he said and the things that he did were in accordance to God’s Will. Of course Enoch lived in the days of the Patriarch’s as the law or the commands were given to the fathers and then passed down to the subsequent generations. Well what Enoch had learned he learned from his father. What he passed on he would pass on to his son. You see the law of the Patriarchs was passed down from father to son. Well what Enoch had received as the commands of God, although we may not have all of the details as to all those things, whatever he receives from God he believed it to be from God. He believed in God and so much so that he followed what was given him to follow and therefore he had a testimony that was good, one that was pleasing in the sight of God. You even go again there to Genesis 5:22 it says that Enoch was 65 when he begot Methuselah and then it says he walked with God 300 years and that is what took him to the that age of 365. He walked with God it would indicated his daily walk, it would indicate his habit. His lifestyle was one of faith, to believe God and to keep his commandments.

You say well, “We learn all that from the scripture here in Hebrews 11:5?” If we understand what true faith is and of course James would speak of true faith in James 2, a living faith, an active faith, a saving faith is one that is seen how? Well James 2:18, “…Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” Verse 26 of James 2, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” True faith, a living faith, an active faith, a saving faith, a faith that is what God wants us to be is a faith that is seen in action a faith that is seen in works. That is the type of faith that Enoch had. If he is to be found there in the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11, indeed he is. And so Enoch was a man of faith and a man who put his faith into practice because that is true faith. That’s what we learn first there in Hebrews 11:5, is that Enoch demonstrated faith in God, but you know he did much more than that.

Not only did he demonstrate his faith but he also preached faith in God. Sometimes we don’t think about these Old Testament characters as being preachers but others like Noah, that would have been the great grandson of Enoch, is called a preacher of righteousness. Well, Enoch himself was a preacher. How do we know this? If you would take your Bible’s and turn with me to the book of Jude, just a few books after the book of Hebrews we have a one chapter book, Jude. Here in Jude 14-15 another New Testament reference among the select few that we have that help give us some details about the life of Enoch. Jude 14 says, “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam…” This, on a side note, is very important because in all of the genealogical lists Enoch is the seventh from Adam. So the scripture confirms what we know to be true. “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands 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.’” Well what was Enoch doing there? The scripture says that he was prophesying thus he was a prophet or a preacher. Enoch was boldly proclaiming God’s word. What type of men was he speaking to? From the context of Jude, Jude is actually talking about apostates or false teachers, those who have left the faith, or those who have left the principles that God commanded to be followed, those who do not have faith as they should. And what was Enoch doing in his day? He was preaching to those individuals; those individuals who were not doing God’s will, who were not following God’s plan. Enoch stood up and prophesied about them saying the Lord will come and execute judgment. Well, indeed he did just that in a day that was very wicked concerning the world. You think about just a few generations later there in Genesis 6, we learn about the world in the days of Noah the great grandson of Enoch, there where the thoughts and intents of the heart of all the people were evil continually and God decided to destroy the entire world with a flood because of that. How did the world get that way? Well, generation after generation of not following God’s command. If you go back just a few generations, if you go back to Enoch the great grandfather of Noah he was facing the very same thing. Maybe the world hadn’t reached the decrepit state that it was in, in the days of Noah, but it was getting bad because people were acting in ways that weren’t right. The actions described there in Jude 15, show us that the world was given over to ungodly deeds. Their actions were not right in the sight of God, they had ungodly ways. So the manner in which they were doing things was not right in the sight of God and they spoke ungodly words. What a wicked world in which Enoch lived, but what did he do? He stood up and boldly preached faith in God; this is the way you need to live, these are the words you need to say. That is what he prophesied that the Lord will come and execute Judgment on those aren’t doing that. Enoch a man of Faith preached faith in God and he also exemplifies that great faith we are to have in God.

Going back to Hebrews 11:6, the verse that we are probably more frequent in reading and using, there it says, “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.” But remember this comes on the heels of the description of Enoch in verse 5. Enoch is used as an example, someone who exemplified faith in God and we are to look to Enoch in his faith and likewise have a same type of faith today. You see without faith you cannot please God, if it’s not of faith it is sin, and that’s what we learn there in the book of Romans 8:8; 15:23. We have to have faith like the faith of Enoch one who believed in God. Hebrews 11:6 there, those who would have faith in order to please God must believe that he exists, that he is. Enoch had that faith and likewise we must have that faith today. Not only did Enoch walk with God, but what must we do? Well, verse 6 it again says that if we want to please God we have to be those who diligently seek him. That is what Enoch strove to do and was a man of true faith and that’s what we have to do if we are going to diligently seek God. Just like Enoch who received that award because he didn’t see death and was taken, he entered into that realm of reward or realm of paradise. Likewise if we are faithful unto death we’ll also have our reward that is a reward for faithful living. Revelation 2:10, “…Be though faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” You see there is a great comparison between Enoch a man of faith, a man who demonstrated true faith, a man who preached faith in God, and a man who exemplified that true faith to the faith that we are to have. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love me keep my commandments.” Truly if we love God we will obey him, we will keep his commandments and thus we will have true faith, faith like Enoch. Indeed Enoch was a man of faith and so as we read these two verses in Hebrews when it says, “By faith Enoch…” well there is just not a lot in the Bible about Enoch. Indeed there aren’t multiple chapters, there aren’t huge swaths of scriptures concerning the man but the few verses we have teach us great lessons. We need to be like Enoch and by faith be those who demonstrate our faith. Be those who by faith preach and teach God’s word and stand boldly upon it just like Enoch did. And be those who exemplify a life of faith so the generations that follow after us can see how they are to live in faith as well. “By faith Enoch…” we learn about faith, lets be those of faith.

(SONG # 3 - “I Am Thine Oh Lord!”)

CLOSING COMMENTS

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How truly blessed we are to have great examples of faith like Enoch. So the question is, “Will you strive to walk with God and Will you desire to be pleasing in His sight in all things?

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