Friday, October 2, 2009

“Searching for Enoch”

I was doing some research on Enoch today. Why Enoch you may ask yourself. I thought the same thing when I was in meditation this morning, but there is something to be said about this great man of faith. He’s mentioned once in the Old Testament, and twice in the New Testament. Other than that, very little is said about him. Not many preachers talk about him, if any thing is said, it usually is in passing. Like, “Enoch walked so close to God that he took Enoch with him.” So I asked myself why, why isn’t there enough information about a man who had so much faith that God didn’t allow him to face death. So I went to Hebrews 11:5 and it says; Because of faith Enoch was caught up and transferred to heaven, so that he did not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found, because God had translated him. For even before he was taken to heaven, he received testimony [still on record] that he had pleased and been satisfactory to God. Amplified

Well the answer to that needs very little explanation. God taking Enoch was enough to let any one know it was his faith, and the fact that he knew God very well. In other words you have to know him to go with him. God was just so blown away by how much faith Enoch had in him that he said “you know what, man you don’t belong here; why don’t you just come with me.” Whew, can you imagine not having to face death. Oh how awesome that would be. Just to be in the presence of our heavenly Father so much that you just transcend into the heavens. Wow, I feel a shout comin on.

I had to step back for a minute and think about the relationship Enoch and God had. They talked about everything, I’m sure they were the best of friends. This may sound weird, but they had a great love affair. One that was deeper than a man or woman together could ever have. It says in Genesis 5:24 the Amplified version that “Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God;” which means it was an everyday experience; it was the norm for Enoch. Now think about how much time we spend confessioning God’s love and saying that we are Christians, but we don’t spend any time in fellowship with him. It says in Matthew 6:33: But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you. Amplified
That means the things that seem important to us are not as important as spending time with God and what he has to say in his word. The Holy Spirit pointed out to me, that this is the type of relationship he would like to have with me, with you, with us. He wants to be so close that nothing can penetrate the relationship we have with him. That’s the kind of relationship he had with Enoch. Nothing came between them, not family, job, or his personal possessions, because it was God who gave it to him in the first place. Enoch did not concern himself with what everyone else was doing. He stayed in constant communication with God.

I was reading an article written by Julia Shipley “Bible Stories- Enoch” on Ms. Shipley stated that “Because Enoch and God walked together, Enoch must have learned to walk in step with God and listen for His voice. We too, may walk with Him, if we believe His Word and obey it.” Julia also stated that “one cannot walk very well on one foot. It takes two! These two feet tell us what it means to walk by faith as Enoch did. One is marked BELIEVE and the other one is marked OBEY.”

Think about it, his relationship was greater than the one he had with Abraham and he is considered the father of faith. But Enoch had that God pleasing faith; he believed and obeyed God no matter what, because he knew God, he listened to God and trusted God. Although he could not see him, this faceless man, he believed in him. It was Enoch’s spirit man talking and walking with the Spirit of God; and everyday for them was Eden.

Lord, may I forever be in your presence, this day and always. Amen

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