By: Mary Kirkwood
One of my favorite Old Testament characters is Enoch. The Bible does not tell us a great deal about him, but what it does reveal is the important truth God wants us to know. He was seventh in line from Adam and the “faith chapter,” Hebrews eleven, mentions him, right after Abel, because of his faith in God.
It was interesting to note that Enoch started his walk with God after the birth of his son Methuselah. Jim and I have met quite a few believers who told us of their interest in spiritual things beginning after they became parents.When I first heard about Enoch being translated after walking with God 300 years, I was very curious about the conditions in his day. All the commentaries agree he walked with God in a time when idolatry and declension were prevalent in the land; and when God revealed to him he would not see death but would be translated, he did not doubt what God told him, even though no one had ever been translated before this. Hebrews 11:5 tells us he pleased God by his walk and his faith in what God told him.
Enoch has been an encouragement to believers through the years because he was an example for us that no matter what circumstances we face, or how evil the time, we too, can put our trust in God and believe what His Word teaches. It wasn’t until I started to understand grace that I really appreciated the Old Testament. I Corinthians 10: 11 tells us, “Now all these things happened unto them for examples, and they are written for our admonition.” In II Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect (mature), thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” In II Timothy 2:15 we are told, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth. ” What we need to do is rightly divide the Word and then we can profit from the whole Bible. We will not take promises made specifically for people in another dispensation and claim them for ourselves. In a previous church that I attended a young man went to war and his family claimed the verse Psalm 91:7, “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come near thee,” and believed God would keep him safe from all harm. One day they got a telegram from the Defense Department informing them that he was killed in action.
We as believers, in this Dispensation of Grace have the most complete provision for every single spiritual need, and do not have to take promises that God did not make to us. God never promised us a problem free life, but He wants us to have a carefree day by day walk with Him. If Enoch was successful in living for the Lord, we as Grace Believers can be more than conquerors through Him that loved us. I saw a real cute cartoon about a couple in Heaven and the husband is saying to his wife, “I could have been here at least a few years earlier if it wasn’t for all the oat bran you fed me.”
We are instructed in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice.