We will all experience death. Well all of us except for a few people. One of the few who did not is our topic for today, Enoch.
Three verses are what we get regarding Enoch.
“When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methusalah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God and he was not, for God took him.” (Genesis 5:21-23)
That’s it. This is all the information we are given about the man who did not experience death. This is all we are given about the man who walked with God and was just taken by God.
I’d like to know what this guy did to avoid death.
How did he walk with God?
What did he do with his life?
What can I do to be like Enoch and not experience death?
What would you ask about Enoch?
Perhaps that is the point. God knew we would become obsessed with Enoch and how he lived his life if we had any more information on him.
He didn’t want us to know much more because our focus would go to Enoch instead of the one, he was walking with.
I tend to do this. I want to look for the right life recipe. I want the steps for how to parent, do church, be active in community. Essential I am looking for the right steps to avoid pain. I might try and make it look like I am seeking God but so many times what we are doing is trying to avoid pain and making it look like a spiritual quest.
My parenting is affected when I want instant results instead of encouraging my child to seek Christ.
How I do church is affected when I want to be ‘right’ and not offend others instead of looking to Christ and all he has done and pointing them to Christ instead of what I’m doing.
What I do in my community is affected when I want to receive pats on the back for things instead of asking God what he would have me to do.
What do you do in life that may appear like the good God pleasing or God seeking thing to do but really you are just attempting to avoid pain or death?
Instead of making up What Would Enoch Do bracelets or Be like Enoch t shirts we get to look to all Jesus has done on our behalf.
God chose to lead Enoch in a different way then most. Chances are he is going to lead us through death and into new life not a stroll right into heaven.
The life of Enoch was not about the footsteps he was taking but about who was leading those footsteps.
Hebrews tells us:
“Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken, he was commended as having pleased God.”
Enoch pleased God! How do I do that? (See here I go again…looking for what I can do)
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
Our faith is a gift. Our faith comes from Jesus. He is the author and perfecter of our faith and on the cross he gave us his righteousness and took our junk. It was not something Abel, Enoch, or Noah did and it’s not about anything we have done or need to do.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Enoch’s stroll into heaven was not a result of well-planned footsteps but of grace, through faith given to us by the author and perfecter of our lives and faith.
The faith Enoch had to stroll into heaven, into the presence of God, is the same faith we have. It is a gift.
Our resurrection will not be because of well placed footsteps, community projects, church planning, or our parenting. Our resurrection will come about because of the grace of God through the faith he has given us, as a gift.
This advent season lets concentrate less on taking the exact right steps to avoid pain and fix our eyes on the one who did it exactly right for us. The one who founded and is perfecting our faith, Jesus.
How would that change your Advent season and maybe other seasons of your life?
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