Genesis and the Bible begin with the amazing creation of the world and humankind. All is great, Adam and Eve are to go and populate the world – enjoy it, fill it, and rule it. God gave them life and the ability to procreate life.
But then they listen to the lie of the serpent Satan. They disobey the life giving creator God by obeying Satan’s words that come with a “promise” ‘You will not surely die.’ But that “promise” leads to Genesis chapter 5 and the chilling refrain, ‘then he died, then he died, then he died….’
But in the centre of this bleak chapter comes the seventh generation from Adam – Enoch, who did not die. Here stands a ray of hope, like a shinning light in the dark that says life is possible.
But Enoch not only lived in the midst of death after death after death. He also lived in the centre of rebel after rebel after rebel. At the start of the next chapter we read ‘The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart were only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth….’
So He flooded the world.
Yet in the midst of all this rebellion and aggression against God, we read that Enoch ‘walked with God.’ Again, hope in despondency, light in the darkness. A demonstration that a human can please God. A glimpse that the relationship between God and man can be restored.
Enoch is an example of someone who wanted God’s Kingdom in his life.
Let’s meet him over these next few blogs:
You can read about him in Genesis 5:21-24; Hebrews 11:5-6; and Jude 14-15.
The life of Enoch is written to give hope to people in difficult times. People who live in dark times.
We live in dark times…..
Do you struggle to know God is there sometimes? To be close to Him? To sit at His feet? Do you feel as if you are surrounded by people and things that take your attention from Jesus all the time? Are you struggling to stand in the sinking sand of secular society? Do you want to know how to please God?
If so, then look to Enoch – a guy who stood out in the midst of death and disobedience.
Enoch and Elijah are the only two people in the Bible who are translated directly to heaven. They, and they only miss the dying process – they are spared. Elijah in a big chariot of fire in 2 Kings 2:11 in front of Elisha. But Enoch went very quietly. In fact all we know from Genesis is that ‘he was no more, because God took him away.’ It’s only when we read Hebrews that people actually went looking for him. It says ‘he could not be found.’
Can you imagine that? You’re dad goes out for a walk one day and just disappears? Crazy!
What was it about Enoch that made him so pleasing to God? Why did God take him? Well, we’ll see it’s because he walked with God.
But what does it mean to walk with God? Well, we’ll see it means to please God.
But how do you do that in a time when 95%+ of Britain want nothing to do with Jesus or His standards? When we are surrounded by all kinds of anti-Christian propaganda?
Let’s look at Enoch – a man who stood out as a shinning Jewel in a dark, desperate time.