The Nature of Faith: Notes From Genesis To Revelation (2) – Enoch

{Rewrite this later. Somewhat of a mess.}

The Bible mentions Enoch sparsely.  We first meet him in Genesis 5:18-22enoch,

18 Jared … became the father of Enoch. … 21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah. 22 Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters. 23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. 

The next substantive meeting we have is in Hebrews 11:5-6:

 5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a Rewarder of those who seek Him. 

And finally we see him one last time in Jude 1:14-15:

14 It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

So what can we learn about faith from Enoch?

fp~ One thing we are told in Genesis is that Enoch walked with God.  Obviously this does not refer to the physical act of walking. It is really about how Enoch lived his life. Enoch lived with God.  I think we could say that Enoch lived by faith because Enoch took many steps of faith and many steps of faith result in walking by faith (and not by sight BTW).

Hebrews tells us some other things:

Hebrews 11:5 ends by telling us that Enoch was commended as one who pleased God. Then Hebrews 11:6 tells us more about this pleasing God business of Enoch and all who have and exercise faith. Hebrews tells us that having faith involves believing that God exists and that it involves believing that God rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Since Hebrews 11:5 tells us that Enoch pleased God, which means that he had faith – because if he did not have faith, he could not have pleased God (= “without faith it is impossible to please God”). This also means that he  believed that God existed and that God rewarded those who earnestly sought him.

So we can say that Enoch exercised faith by earnestly seeking God with regard to one matter or another. Jude tells us what at least one of these matters would have been. Enoch was up and about warning godless people about the Judgment to come. And what was his motivation for earnestly seeking God? He believed that God would reward his seeking.

~ There is a lesson here for us. What do we earnestly seek God for? Do we simply pray for 2 – 3 days and then simply forget the matter? In the meanwhile God is thinking – “I guess you did not want that badly enough.” Additionally do we earnestly seek God believing that He will reward our efforts? This does not mean that we exactly get what we want. I have wanted a lot of bad things in the past. However do we believe that God will rewards us by speaking to the situation? Speaking to our requests?

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