January 5, 2018
Day 5 of our reading is in Genesis 5. Genesis 5 is about the genealogy and age of the patriarchs. In those days the genealogy is very important which is why we come across chapters listing who begat who. However, one point I wanted to bring out is about a very famous man, even though we don't know much about him.
I'm speaking of Enoch.
How amazing and fascinating it is that a man can be so pleasing to God, that God would take him before seeing death? God found him to be that special.
Why is this?
Hebrews 11:5 says that by FAITH Enoch was translated so that he should not see death. It was by faith, Enoch pleased God! There are many men and women of faith in the Bible with many great and marvelous stories but Enoch has no great story. He has no marvelous exploits that were accomplished by faith that we know of. There is only one thing that could be said about him, he pleased God. That alone is amazing!
Our faith is so valuable to God, probably more valuable then we realize! Have you found that to be true?
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1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos:
7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters:
8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:
10 And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters:
11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.
12 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel:
13 And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters:
14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.
15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared:
16 And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters:
17 And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.
18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:
19 And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.
21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:
26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:
27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:
29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.
30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:
31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
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What occurs to me about Enoch is that he must have had a teachable spirit about him. By the time he came into the picture there had been those who had walked away from their communion with God. Enoch did not. He obviously listened to his teachers, nourished his relationship with God and became a candidate for something very special God had planned for eternity. Some think he might be one of the two witnesses spoken about in Revelation. One thing for sure, to follow his example and please God is possibly the greatest of all aspirations