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By : Lonnie Branam [ Sermon Enoch Walked with God ]

Lonnie Branam
Genesis 5:21-24; Hebr. 11:5,6; Jude 14,15

These abve three passages of scripture contain all the authentic history we have concerning Enoch. Enoch is called the seventh from Adam to distinguish him from another Enoch who was the third from Adam and the oldest son of Cain. He lived 365 years and then suddenly and mysteriously disappeared from the face of the earth. . Scripture says he walked with God and was not, for God took him. God transferred him from this world to the world of glory without seeing death. Those who have studied the ancient genealogies tell us Enoch was a contemporary with Adam and was translated 57 years after the death of Adam, 69 years before the birth of Noah, and in the year of the world 987. Enoch and Elijah were the only two human beings who entered the glory land without seeing death. I don't know if his children erected some kind of memorial to honor him, but if they did a most fitting epitaph would have been, “He walked with God.” It doesn't get any better than that.

My first observation is that Enoch walked with God amid the most wicked surroundings. The human race was about a 1,000 years old when Enoch lived. The example of Cain and their bad practices exemplify the New Testament teaching that evil companionships corrupt good morals. By the time of Enoch, the descendants of righteous Seth had been corrupted by association and intermarriage with the descendants of Cain. The result of this unholy alliance between the righteous and unrighteous branches of the human race is described in Genesis 6:5, “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” It was amid such evil surroundings that scripture says Enoch walked with God.

The more we study the history of mankind, the more we are impressed that humanity is the same in all ages in respect to vital principles of human conduct. When we get near to these people who lived in the morningtime of human history, we see that they had the same temptations, the same conflicts and the same victories as we do. . Of course, there are questions about these early times which are impossible to answer. We do not know how it was that Enoch and his contemporaries lived so many hundreds of years. In addition, the Bible says Enoch was not for God took him. We cannot tell how he was taken or when he was taken. You may ask a great many questions we cannot answer. Nobody can answer them them. Nevertheless on the authority of God's word, we know the patriarchs lived hundreds of years and that Enoch was 365 years old when he was transferred to heaven. There are many things we do not know, but we know that one of the unwisest things in this world is to say of anything 2

“It t can't be true because we cannot explain it.” I can't explain how the Egyptians built the Gizeh pyramids. I cannot explain the law of gravitation, but I believe it. There is a multitude of things in heaven and on earth that no learning, philosophy or science can explain. We ought to know better than to say we will believe only that which can be mathematically or scientifically demonstrated. However, this does not mean that we should be critical of true science and human learning. We should think highly of anything which enables us to better understand the wonderful universe which God has created. Furthermore, we should think highly of anyone who teaches something we did not know. While there will always be much we cannot understand, there is much that is plain. Let us act upon what we know, and let go the mysteries which we cannot understand. Let us be guided by the wise saying in Deuteronomy 29:29, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things that have been revealed belong to us and to our children forever...”

We are studying some truths God has revealed about the earliest period of the human race. Enoch was a well known citizen among the people with whom he lived, and he was well known to God. He was a man who well represented God. The life of this man ought to make a good impression on us. It is a source of encouragement to us in the 21st century that Enoch experienced the same temptations and trials which we meet. When it comes to walking with God in this world, there are no easy times.
It was not easy for David, Daniel, and Jeremiah. It was not easy for Jesus or the early Christians, and it is not easy now. There is a universal principle expressed in I John 1:7; it is a universal truth and applies to all ages of human history. It says, “If we walk in the light as God is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, “ that is, we have fellowship with God and God has fellowship with us. There is an additional blessing that goes with that great truth to Christians who live in these last days of the human race.. If we walk in the light as God is in the light, the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

We hear those who talk about the golden age of the past and how good life was and must have been to live in those days. All this talk about the golden age is nothing more than golden nonsense. Surely we might think the first century A.D. must have been the golden age of the world, for that was when Jesus lived and taught. In that first century, the Christian religion made its entrance into the world with signs, wonders and miracles. However, that was not a golden age. If we had lived in the first century, it would have been just as hard to walk with God as it is now. The New Testament bears witness that the early Christians had no easy time walking


with God. If we cannot live a holy life now, here in the early decades of the 21st century, we never would and never will. Enoch walked with God when civilization had just commenced, and it was bad. He was a good husband and father. He was not a perfect man by any means, but he believed in God and lived an upright life. He is the first prophet mentioned in the Bible. Enoch made the first prediction of the second coming of Christ. He told his generation that the Lord would come from heaven with all His mighty angels to judge them for the evil way they lived.(Jude 14,15). It appears from the book of Jude that the second coming of Christ, the resurrection of the dead and a judgment to come were taught, though obscurely, before the human race was a thousand years old. When Christ comes with His mighty angels, He will raise the dead and that is when the Lord will judge Enoch's generation.

Let us next give special attention to what the book of Genesis and the book of Hebrews says about this man. In Genesis 5:14 we read, “Enoch walked with God and was not, for God took him.” Hebrews 11:5 says that before God took him he had this testimony that he pleased God.
What is the meaning of the statement, “Enoch walked with God? God did not literally walk by his side on the earth; this is a figurative expression and simply implies that he had a close relationship with God. The meaning is that he lived in such a way that it could be rightly said that he walked with God. Paul helps us to understand this this statement by his note in the book of Hebrews. His walk with God was another way of saying that he was well pleasing to God. Paul said, “Before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” To walk with God and to please God is one and the same thing. This is the apostles interpretation of the words, “Enoch walked with God, “ and it is a most correct one. It goes without saying that the Lord will not walk with a person in whom He has no pleasure. When Israel forsook His ways, God said in Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together unless they are agreed?” God feels the same way about His called out people today. If men walk contrary to God, He will not walk with them, but contrary to them. He will be displeased with them instead of being well pleased. If we would walk with God, we must select the ways which please Him. We must do what He would have us do, and go in the way He would have us go. If there are twp ways and one is doubtful, give to the right way the benefit of the doubt. Walking with God is all about pleasing God.. God said to Israel, “Those who honor Me, I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed”(I Sam. 2:30).


In view of this inspired commentary that to walk with God means to live in a way well pleasing to God, we can conclude in the first place to walk with God is to be agreed with Him and to become reconciled to Him.
It is to conduct ourselves as being under the continual inspection of His all-seeing eye. It is to live a life of communion with Him and of obedience to Him, making His word our rule and His glory our end in all our actions. It is to make it our constant endeavor in everything to please Him and in nothing to offend Him. This is what it means to walk with God, as Enoch did in the early history of mankind. He walked with God hundreds of years, a walk of over three hundred years. What a splendid walk.

In addition to all this, our text has much to say about what happens to us when we die. What happened to Enoch? The Genesis account says “He was not, for God took him.” The account in the book of Hebrews says, “He was translated that he should not see death and was not found because God translated him.” Some believe that the words “to die” mean annihilation. However the words, “He was not,” does not mean Enoch was annihilated and neither does death signify anything of the kind. When it is said, “He was not,” the meaning is he was not here. He was gone from the earth, but he was there-- there where God had transferred him. He was transferred from the earth to paradise or heaven itself. Only one other human being entered the heavenly world without seeing death. God sent a chariot of fire pulled by horses of fire to pick up Elijah, and God took him to heaven in a whirlwind. The experience of Elijah and Enoch are just two more wonderful evidences that there is a God and another world, and that when people leave this world they enter into another world. Enoch made this truth known to people who lived on the earth in the year of the world 1,000. Elijah made this truth known to people who ived in the Jewish age of the world. Christ made the truth known to all people who live in the Christian age of the world by taking the robber on the cross to paradise with Him when death claimed their lives.

Finally, the message that comes to us today from Enoch is that if we walk with God, as he walked with God, God will be well pleased with us, and when Jesus returns God will take us away from this earth and translate us into the heavenly world. We live in the Christian age of the world, and in this time period to be pleasing to God, we must be forgiven and justified by the shed blood of Christ. If you want to walk with God, you must begin by rendering obedience to the gospel of Christ. You do this by believing that Jesus died for all sins you committed from youth, that He was buried and arose on the third day. You make your past life of sin


right with God by promising God you will change your old life and walk a new life wth the help of Christ. You will complete your obedience to the gospel by submitting to immersion in water that your past sins might be washed away through the precious blood of Christ.. That completes the new birth.. All who have obeyed these requireents have begun to walk with God. Be faithful till death and you will receive the crown of life, which is eternal life.


Having done this, you can now begin to walk with God as a man of God or a woman of God. However the only way you can walk with God in the Christian age is to walk with Christ. The word of God says in Colossians 2:6, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” To walk in Him is to walk with Him. It is to do those things that please Him. If we please Christ, we will also please God; if we walk with Christ we will also walk with God. It is no longer possible to walk with God simply by keeping the ten commandments or the good rules of society. . Many people in the world live a life that is morally respectable, who at the same time have no faith in Christ. The word of God says, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by Me.” Have you begun to walk with God. May God give you wisdom to make that decisions without delay. May God give wisdom to those of us who have begun our walk with God to continue to live in a way that pleases Christ

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