I just started the Bible in 90 days plan last Mar 23. One thing that made an impression on me was a phrase in the book of Genesis about Enoch “… Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away…” In God’s grace, He answered this in last Mar 25’s sermon – the Enoch Pattern.
Enoch is not a major figure in the Bible. And yet, he was mentioned in both Old and New Testament books.
18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. 19 After he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 Altogether, Jared lived a total of 962 years, and then he died.
21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 26 After he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died. – Genesis 5: 18-27 (NIV)
5 By 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. – Hebrews 11:5 (NIV)
14 Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones – Jude 1:14 (NIV)
A life of intimacy with God is the only life we need. Enoch’s life was an admirable example of intimacy with God. Based on the passages, Enoch’s life consists of the 4 actions below.
- Walk with God. To walk with God is a preference. As Christians, we make the choice to surrender our lives to Jesus and to walk daily with Him. The goal we have is sanctification – to transform our lives and grow into the likeness of Jesus.
- Please God. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Pleasing God is a pleasure for us Christians. The more we know God, the more we will love him and the more we will want to please and obey Him.
- Speak for God. To speak for God is a privilege. Our lives should speak – represent Jesus. How we relate with Jesus privately reflects how we represent Him publicly.
- Be Taken by God. We are looking forward to a promise – a promise of the day that we will be with God in heaven.
To God be All the Glory!