Summary: A biographical study of the life of Enoch, who shows us Christianity at its best goes beyond being our religion. It is a lifelong friendship with God that leads us to his home at death.
From Adam to Malachi- Sermon 2
ENOCH - THE MAN WHO WALKED WITH GOD
Period 1: The Beginnings (Genesis 1-11)10,000 (?) - 2000 BC
1) Creation - Genesis 1-2
2) Condemnation (Paradise Lost)- Genesis 3
3) Civilizations –Genesis 4-5
4) Condemnation (The Flood)
6) Condemnation (The Confused Languages and Separation)
In these first 8000+ years of human history, we see the spread of CIVILIZATION from the line of Cain. The Bible and archeology point to the domestication of livestock, the development of music, and the invention of tools (4:19-23 f). But side by side with it, we see the spread of SIN to spoil it. Cain’s descendents culminate in Lamech who murdered a young man for hurting him and then boasted to his wives (plural) that he was seven times as evil as Cain (4:23-24).
This leads to the inevitability of judgment. This evil festered and intensified until it finally brought about the judgment of the Flood (Gen. 6). This was followed by the judgment at the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11) and the judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 18). And the story of civilization will end at the judgment of the Return of Christ (1 Th. 4:12-5:10) Dr. Criswell said, “Man has learned to fly through the air like an Eagle; bore through the earth like a mole; and swim through the oceans like a fish; but has never learned to walk on the earth like the human being God intended him to be.” The image of God in us enables us to build great civilizations, but the sin in us causes us to tear it down.
But thank God we see, from the line of Seth; the spread of salvation. In Seth we see
the worship of God; as men called on the name of the Lord (4:26). In Enoch we see those who walk with God and are welcomed by him into heaven. And in Noah we see those who work and witness for God, and are saved from judgment. Today we look at Enoch. Three passages tell his story.
Gen. 5:21-24 (NIV)
"When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”
"By faith Enoch was taken out of this life and did not experience death. He could not be found because God had taken him away. Before he was taken, he was complimented as one who pleased God".
“Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these (evil) men: ‘Look, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to execute judgment on everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have committed in such ungodly ways, and of all the harsh things ungodly sinners have spoken against him. These men follow their own evil desires.”
A. ENOCH’S WALK
1. A Saved Life
The Christian life is often compared to walking. (Eph. 4:1 / I Jn. 1:6-7). This points to a lifelong process and relationship. And it has a starting point. We are not born walking with God; but yelling and screaming to have things our way. Jude calls it “following our own evil desires”.