THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date - 8-6-06
LESSON TITLE: "WALKING WITH GOD"
How wonderful it is to gather this Lords day morning before the throne of God to worship our Creator! Let me welcome you to our program this morning! It is a great pleasure to have you with us again, as we strive to learn more from the Word of God together. I hope you are ready to participate this morning, for God requires us each to offer our sacrifice before His throne. Let me encourage you to sing with us, pray with us and study from God Precious Word. So as we begin this communion with God will you bow with me before our Heavenly Father in Prayer!
One of the great blessings of this morning is our opportunity to join in songs of praise to our God. So won't you do your part and glorify God as we join together in the first song of the day. The name of the hymn, "Night With Ebon Pinion."
What if you lived in a hut in Africa? What's a hut? A very primitive type dwelling with dirt floors, mud walls and a thatch roof. Someone visits your village who is from another country half way around the world. You hear their message and see that it is from God, so you respond. Then in a few days that person leaves with all of his/her knowledge. There you are, maybe with others who also believed, alone, with no one to guide you or to help you to learn further in the teachings of Christ. How good of a Christian do you think you could be under such circumstances? I think many times we are eager to get people to respond, but we forget the second half of the great commission. Look at what Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 28:19-20, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age, Amen."
As I read these words of Jesus, we see that He was commanding His disciples to make more disciples. In fact, Jesus told them to make "disciples of all nations." This is the part we generally remember and we strive to accomplish. However, what did He say in verse 20, "teaching them to observe all things." Are we doing that? Jesus even clarifies what things He is talking about, those things which He commanded.
You see it is our God given responsibility to help mature a new child of God. One part without the other is worthless. In fact, we are really not accomplishing what God wanted when we just help someone to believe, but we don't give them all the teachings they need to be pleasing to God.
In fact, this may have been the problem that Peter was dealing with in his book. In 2 Peter 2:21, it says, "For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them." We know that Peter was talking about those who had already responded and believed, because in verse 20 he said that those he was referring to had, "escaped the pollution of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...,"
Don't you think this happens often in our day in time. People respond, obey and then they fall away. Why? Maybe it is because we are not doing our job by teaching them to observe all things. Would you agree? Let's do all we can starting today, to make sure that we fulfill all of this command of God. So that when people obey they will truly have a great chance to remain faithful to their God!
Today we welcome brother Kevin Patterson as our guest speaker. Brother Kevin is the minister for the Highway 13 Church of Christ in Bolivar, Missouri.
As far as our lesson of the morning, today we are excited to begin a new series of study entitled, "WALKING WITH GOD." This is also the title of our first introductory lesson together. So please give your full attention to the things of God as brother Patterson leads us in this study from God's Word.
However, before we focus on the Word of God, let's sing another song together and encourage one another in the Lord. The name of the song, "O The Depth"
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Speaker: Kevin Patterson
Good morning, and thank you for staying with us.
This week we begin a new series of lessons entitled, "Walking With God." The basis for this theme comes from a Biblical description of two very special Old Testament characters. In the midst of all others, the Bible reads that "Enoch and Noah walked with God." Who were Enoch and Noah? Why were they described so uniquely and how can we learn from their examples? These are the questions that we are going to attempt to explore this morning. First of all, who were Enoch and Noah? In Jude chapter 1 in verses 14 and 15, we see a description that describes Enoch as the seventh from Adam. In other words, he was the 7th of the generation from the creation. If you go in your Bibles back to Genesis chapter 5 and you look at the first 29 verses you're going to see those great Patriarchs of old. Adam who begot Seth. Seth who begot Enoch. Enoch who begot Canaan and Canaan who begot Mahaliliel. Mahaliliel who begot Jerod and Jerod who begot number 7, Enoch. A little on down the list, you will see Enoch's great grandson, Noah, who was born. So we see two great men who were of the same family, of the same line from Adam, but also who share the unique characteristic of having walked with God.
Now there were other Old Testament characters, other Biblical characters who were described as having walked before God. For instance in Genesis 17 and verse 1, the Lord tells Abram to "walk before Me." In 1 Kings chapter 3 and verse 6 Solomon describes his own father, David, King David, as having been someone who "walked before God in Truth, in righteousness and in uprightness of heart." We also see in Isaiah chapter 38 that Hezekiah even describes himself to God in prayer as having been someone who "walked before you in truth and with a loyal heart." But according to Genesis chapter 5 and verse 24, and also Genesis chapter 6 and verse 9, Enoch and Noah are described as having "walked with God." Why were they described in such a unique way? Why are they described as having been right there with God? Well, I think that they assumption that we can make and perhaps a point that we could prove comes from a little verse in Amos chapter 3 and verse 3 that asks this simple question: "Can two walk together unless they are agreed?" I would suggest to you this morning that Enoch and also Noah stand out among many Biblical characters as being people who were in agreement with God. Not that they simply followed God but that they were right there in step with Him knowing the kinds of things that would be pleasing to Him and seeking to live lives that were such.
First of all, let's take a look at Enoch. Not a lot is given to us in scripture about Enoch. Genesis chapter 5 verses 22-24 read, "After he begot Methusaleh, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were 365 years. And Enoch walked with God and he was not for God took him." That is pretty much all we learn about Enoch in that short passage of scripture. But we get a little more of an explanation of Enoch and what happened in this particular verse in the New Testament. Hebrews chapter 11 verses 5 and 6 reads that, "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. 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." One of the things that we read about Enoch is that he walked with God and then suddenly one day he was no longer of this planet, no longer of this world. He went to be with God. No one could find him for he had left. Why was he given such a great honor? You know the New Testament describes for us that it is appointed unto all men once to die and after that the judgment. But Enoch never saw death. He simply went to be with God. Why is that? I think that there is a bit of a hint that is given to us from that passage in Hebrews chapter 11. We read that he pleased God. And as we read also in verse 6 of chapter 11, "without faith it is impossible to please God." So we see that Enoch must have been a great man of faith. He was in agreement with God in that respect.
In the New Testament we also read an instruction for us to please God and to be deep and true in our regard to our faith. 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 beginning in verse 1 we read, "Finally then brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more just as you have received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus, for this is the Will of God, your sanctification that you should abstain from sexual immorality, that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this manner because the Lord is the avenger of all such as we also forewarned you and testified for God did not call us to uncleanness but in holiness." I think we can see that Enoch was a holy man.
We also see another characteristic of Enoch that is given to us in Jude verses 14 and 15. Enoch, the 7th from Adam that we read about earlier, we read prophesied about evil men. In other words, he taught about the kinds of people who would stand against God and who would go against His Will. We're going to see in just a few generations when Noah comes on to the scene that God is going to find the world completely evil in all their thoughts and so as a result I am sure that Enoch even at an earlier time had his hands full prophesying and preaching and teaching about what is right and preaching against that which is wrong.
In the New Testament, Paul said in Romans chapter 1 verse 16, he said, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God that is salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek." That same gospel about which Paul was not ashamed is the same gospel which we are to preach and to proclaim today as Jesus said in Mark 16 and verses 15 and 16, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all the creation. He who believes and has been baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned."
What about Noah? A lot more about is talked about in the Bible concerning Noah. We certainly know a lot more about him especially that great story about the ark that he built. In Genesis chapter 6 beginning in verse 1, we read that, "It came to pass when men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born to them that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were beautiful and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose and the Lord said, 'My spirit will not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh, yet his days shall be 120 years.'" That is the Bibles' way of saying that God decided that mankind had 120 years left before He would destroy the world by a flood. We read in verse 5 that, "The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart were only evil continually and the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, 'I will destroy man who I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air for I am sorry that I have made them.'" I think that is one of the saddest passages of scripture in all the Bible. We know today that there are good people on the face of the planet. We know that there are bad people in our world. But God who created all found mankind to desert Him almost entirely. The world in general is described as "having evil thoughts on man's heart continually." But I want you to notice the next verse, the redeeming verse, the salvation of man as it were in the form of Noah and his family. IN verse 8, we read that Noah, in the midst of all this wickedness, in the midst of the evil that seemed to run so rampant upon the face of the world, but "Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord." We jump on down to verse 13 of chapter 6 and God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh has come before Me for the earth is filled with violence through them and behold I will destroy them with the earth." And thus God sets out to give Noah some instructions. He gives him some commandments that he must follow on how to build an ark. He says, "Make yourself an ark of gopherwood. Make rooms in the ark and cover it inside and outside with pitch and this is how you shall make it. The length of the ark shall be 300 cubits. Its width 50 cubits and its height 30 cubits." He tells Noah to put a window in the ark, a door in the ark. You'll make it with lower, 2nd and 3rd decks. He goes on and on to give all of these instructions as to how this vessel shall be constructed and at the close of this particular passage, in verse 22, we read, "Thus Noah did according to all that God commanded him, so he did."
A little while later, He gives Noah some instructions in chapter 7 verses 1-5 as to how many animals to bring on the ark and once again the statement is made in verse 5, "And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him." That is a remarkable passage of scripture. In the midst of a very sad circumstance, it is truly a remarkable passage, truly a great compliment to see that through God's inspired Word, Noah is described as being a man who took God's instructions very seriously and he obeyed each and every one to the letter.
In Hebrews chapter 11 and verse 7 we read that, "By faith, Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear preparing an ark for the salvation of his household by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. Noah didn't question God. Noah didn't argue with His commandments. Noah didn't even try to get out of the responsibility of building this enormous boat, but rather he simply said what God asked him to do, no questions asked. What a great example for us today. You know, 1 Corinthians 19:7 tells us that "keeping the commandments of God is what matters." There's a lot of things in this world that we might think matter, but obeying God is most important because obeying God can yield for us a wonderful life in this world and an eternal life in the world to come. Jesus said in John 14 and verse 15, "If ye love Me, ye will keep My commandments."
And once again we read about Noah in 2 Peter chapter 2 and verse 5 that "he was a preacher of righteousness." The same way that Enoch had a great faith in God and then shared that faith with others, we see that Noah had an absolute faith in God that he likewise shared with those around him. We see that he had perhaps upwards to 120 years to share the Good News of God with the world around him. But we realize in the end that only 8 were saved on the ark.
Paul talked about preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. In 1 Corinthians chapter 9 and verse 19, Paul writes, "For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all that I might win them o'er. And to the Jews, I became as a Jew so that I might win Jews. To those who were under the law as under the law that I might win those who are under the law. To those who are without laws as without law, not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ that I might win those without law. To the weak I became as weak that I might win the weak." And consider this last statement. "I have become all things to all men that I might by all means save some." Paul realized just kind of like in the days of Noah that not everybody is going to choose salvation. Paul was willing to do all that he could to preach that Good News of Jesus Christ to the lost and dying world.
So the question is: Can we be like Enoch and can we be like Noah today and walk with God? The answer is, Yes if we understand that premise that is given to us back in Amos chapter 3 and verse 3. "Can two walk together unless they are agreed?" You know we read a passage from 1 John chapter 1 verses 5-7 that teaches us that we must be in harmony with God. We must be in agreement with Him to have fellowship with Him. It reads, "This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth, but if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." We can indeed have fellowship with God. We can indeed walk with Him. The Bible teaches us today as Christians "we walk by faith not by sight," 2 Corinthians 5 and verse 7. In Romans chapter 10 and verse 17, it teaches us that "faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." If we will follow the example of Enoch and Noah and if we will accept God at His Word, obeying all that He commands us without exception, giving God our very best, seeking with all of our ability to please Him at every turn then we can indeed walk with Him. But then I want you to also remember what Enoch and Noah did after they developed their faith in God. They shared that faith with others. Enoch was taken from this life directly into the life to come. Noah was saved by the flood in an ark. We can be saved today by not only embracing the blood of Jesus Christ but by sharing the salvation that comes from it with others.
May God bless you.
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