Summary: Enoch was a man who walked so closely with the Lord that one day they just walked off together to Heaven.
Thesis: Enoch was a man who walked so closely with the Lord that one day they just walked off together to Heaven.
Series: BC Justice League
Introduction to series: Opening thoughts to the series - “BC justice league” – God’s biblical super heroes before Christ.
Over the last few weeks we have been sharing the power of the story! We have been looking at how a person’s life can make a difference in the eternal realm of God.
http://www.whatsyourstoryonline.com/: Quote: Stories are powerful. Stories give meaning to who we are and how we became who we are. Stories help us understand how life happens, and they give value to our experiences. Some of the most powerful testimonies to Christian faith come not from lists of accepted doctrinal beliefs (though they’re important) nor from recitations of biblical principles (also important), but from the enlivened re-telling of how God has acted, overtly or covertly, in each of our lives.
We have learned about Hannah, Samuel, David, about Easy Eddie and Ace Butch O’hare, Bethany Hamilton, Isaiah, Esther, Naaman, Ruth and today Enoch. We have seen and learned that God can use us to make a difference for eternity like he did with these individuals.
Learning from real life teaches the most valuable lessons of survival in this life. These heroes of the faith show us the lessons of life. We have discovered how to please God. We discovered that it is God who creates heroes of the faith with those who say “I Will”.
I look at these men and women and I discovered that they where people who made a difference with their lives. The reason they made a difference was because number one they had a relationship with the LORD. They lived their lives in service to the Lord. It was God alone who they served. They were individuals committed to Christ and His work. They discovered what God was doing and then became involved in it. The result of this decision propelled them into becoming a hero of the faith.
21When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. 24Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
5By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
14Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones 15to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.
Hebrews 11:1 –3 (NIV)
1Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
2This is what the ancients were commended for.
3By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
James 2:20-24 (NIV)
20You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.25In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
Enoch’s name means dedicated one. He definitely lived up to his name. Enoch life is summarized with some of the deepest words of the Bible. He was a man who walked with God for over 300 years on a daily basis and then one day he and God walked off to Heaven together. He was a man who was at peace with God a man who had a deep intimate relationship with the Lord. Enoch enjoyed a close communion with the Lord that many of us desire and crave. Enoch’s heart was toward God and not the world. He looked to God as that indescribable treasure of everything he desired in this life. He found it in his daily walk with the Lord. He walked with God in love, he would soar with the Lord when he walked him and one day he soared off into eternity with his first Love.