For many people the Old Testament seems too full of God's judgment to embrace. Some might even say that while God's grace is woven through the New Testament, it is absent from the Old Testament. But a closer look reveals that God's grace is evident throughout Scripture, even from "In the beginning, God..."
Our summer sermon series has been delving into God's grace writ large throughout the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament). We have examined God's grace in the lives of Esther, Jeremiah, Hannah, Joseph, Daniel, and Rahab. This Sunday we take a look at God's grace in the life of Enoch. You can read about Enoch in Genesis 5:21-24 and Hebrews 11:1-6.
For some time I have been curious about Enoch. Scripture doesn't tell us much. It's as if we are given a little teaser that leaves us yearning for more of the story. Enoch, the father of Methuselah, lived to be an old, old man. He lived and he lived and he lived for, we are told, "Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him" (Gen. 5:24, NRSV). Enoch walked with God and then he was no more. Amazing! Truly amazing! The wording here indicates that Enoch did not taste death. In fact, Hebrews chapter 11, often referred to as the "Hall of Faith," states that Enoch didn't experience death because God took him. Yes, truly amazing!
As I am praying toward Sunday, questions crowd my mind. What was it about Enoch that made walking with God a way of life? How did Enoch journey through his days? Exactly how did his life please God?
These days walking is considered more of an aerobic exercise than anything else. I don't know about you, but seldom do I take long, meandering walks to no where. I generally walk with a purpose. I have places to go, people to see, and things to do. But walking serves more than a mode of aerobic exercise. Could it be that spiritual exercise is even more important? And maybe that is something Enoch knew well. Walking with God is good for the heart and good for the soul.
See you Sunday.