The Life That Please God
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, ~Jude 14
The word “also” means “in addition to,” “likewise,” or “further more.” It is used sometimes to make a descriptive comparison between two or more scenarios. This morning, we are examining the life of Enoch. He is the seventh descendant from Adam. He was an exception to the men of his day. His name means “dedicated.” He was a man who inspires us to live above the world.
We see Enoch and his walk.
“And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.” Enoch’s life changed after the birth of his son Methuselah. Enoch got serious about his relationship with God. We do not read about any of his forefathers walking with God, except for Adam. Even with Adam, his closest walk with God was before he and Eve sinned. Walking with God refers to close fellowship with him. It is spending time in the presence of God through His Word and in prayer. It is fellowship that does not allow interference to come between it. It is fellowship that is heart to heart. As Enoch walked with God, he walked closer and closer to God each day. What kind of walk do you have with God?
We see Enoch and his words.
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.” Enoch had such a close walk with God, he was called to be a preacher. His world was exploding in population growth, but it was also going further from God. The lineage of Cain produced people who were worldly, wicked, and wayward. God called Enoch to be his voice for his generation. First, he was a scriptural preacher. God gave him His word to preach. He kept his preaching centered on the Lord. Second, he preached against sin. In Jude 15, the word “ungodly” is used four times to describe the sinful condition of his society. Third, he preached the Second Coming of our Lord. The world already was aware of the prophecy of Christ’s first coming, but it was so far from God that he wanted them to know through Enoch that judgment was coming if they did not repent of their sins.
We see Enoch and his worth.
“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” What stands out for us about Enoch’s life is that he pleased God. He pleased God because of his fellowship with God. He pleased God because of his fervency for God. He pleased God because of his faith in God. We must remember that Hebrews 11:6 is a continuation concerning Enoch. How did his faith please God? First, he had faith in God’s awesome person. He believed that “God is.” Second, he had faith in God’s answers to his prayers. He is a model of the biblical fact that “without faith it is impossible to please him [God].”
We see Enoch and his withdrawal.
God translated Enoch. He did not see death. Enoch was “raptured” out of his world. His exit was not through the pain of death. God took him! His walk was so close to God, God decided just to transport Enoch home to Heaven. What does his withdrawal teach us? First, he lived righteously. Second, he lived responsibly. Third, he lived readily.
Enoch lived above the world. He did not allow society to change him, but lived his life with the intent he would change his society. Live your life so that you are pleasing God.
Have a God-pleasing God morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Leviticus 24-25