Enoch's FaithVolume 1, Number 4
Created Date: January 24, 2004
Posted Date: January 24, 2004
Vol 1 - No 4, January 24, 2004:
The faith of Enoch in the Word of God:
We find in Geneses 5:3 - 24 and inthat a man named Enoch is listed as the seventh man after Adam. (Seven in the Bible is the number for spiritual perfection.) The account in Geneses 5 indicates that all seven men, Adam to Enoch, fathered sons and daughters but it does not indicate how many. Since the record indicates that each of these men lived from 895 to 962 years of age, the number of sons and daughters no doubt were many. In turn the "sons and daughters" must have produced many children of their own. The point being is that by the time Enoch was born, the earth was populated by hundreds of thousands of men and women, most of whom probably lived around the area of what we know today as Iraq. They all spoke the same language, were of one "race" and were nothing like the cave men that evolutionists have conjured but on the contrary, they came from the genes of Adam and Eve, who had been created by God.
An examination of the chronology of these first seven men listed in Genesis reveals that Enoch was born while Adam lived and in fact, the two were contemporaries for some 308 years before Adam's death at 930 years of age.
Beginning with Adam and Eve and then their first son Cain, sin polluted the goodness of what God had created on earth.reveals the degenerate, ungodly lifestyle into which mankind fell shortly after they were set loose to procreate. This was the environment into which Enoch was born. One of Enoch's sons was Methuselah who had a son named Lamech who had a son named Noah. It was because of the rampant sin and lifestyle into which man had fallen that, by means of a flood, God had to destroy everyone living except Noah and his family.
reads "And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." The Bible does not record all that God revealed to Enoch but we do know Enoch received the Word of God to him by faith. : "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. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
The book of Jude in the Bible reveals an additional glimpse of the Word of God that Enoch accepted by faith. In verses 8 - 13 of Jude we read about sinful and god hating people and their future fate. Then in Jude 14 - 16 we read "And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him."
We learn from these passages that the Word of God came to Enoch, he had faith in it and by his faith he pleased God. Enoch demonstrated his faith by prophesying and/or preaching what God had revealed to him. He walked with God in fellowship and harmony and because of God's purpose for Enoch's life, Enoch was translated and did not see death. Much conjecture has been made about why God took Enoch this way and what part Enoch will play in the future. This may be discussed in a future study.
So far in this series of studies it has been observed that God gave unique instructions to Adam for his life in innocence in the garden. When Adam fell into sin and he and the rest of mankind lived according to their conscience's, God's Word defining His requirements were different as is evidenced from the story of Cain and Abel. Then, God saw fit to raise up Enoch and His Word to Enoch was unique to him. We will see in next week's study that His Word to Noah was different and unique to Noah, for Noah was instructed to build an arc. This is progressive revelation and it continues throughout the Bible. God Himself has not changed for He has and always will be holy which means that God cannot abide sin.
Beginning with Adam, man has failed to be holy and without sin. However, throughout history there have been some men and women who walked in a right relationship with God. We do not know how many there have been. The Bible has identified relatively few. We do know that the common denominator of all those who have been in a right relationship to God is the faith of each in God's Word to them, for without faith it is impossible to please Him.