I’m so glad Enoch walked with God instead of ran. I don’t run.
Unless someone is chasing me or there’s only one serving left of the Mint Moose Tracks ice cream. Or Hurricane Irma comes knocking on our door. I’m running then! Otherwise, I’ll stick to walking.
Besides, walking is biblical.
“Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.”
(Genesis 5:24 NASB)
Enoch walked with God, and then God just took him away. He didn’t have to experience death like the rest of us. Of course it took him 300 years of walking to get there. I wonder how many miles he racked up.
Enoch “obtained the witness” that he was “pleasing to God.”
(Hebrews 11:5 NASB)
Enoch walked with God and made it into the Hall of Faith chapter of Hebrews.
There you have it. Walking is biblical.
Yes, I know the Bible tells us to “run the race.” But I don’t want to talk about that now. Let’s learn to walk first.
Let’s discover the secret to how a Methuselah Moment led Enoch to such a close walk with God that, after 300 years, God said, “Enoch, We’re closer to My home now than we are to yours. Let’s just walk on home to Mine.”
Ok, God didn’t really say that. (At least it’s not recorded anywhere.)
But Enoch did walk with God in such a remarkable way, God made sure we noticed.
Who is this Enoch?
Enoch first appears in Genesis 5 in “the book of the generations of Adam” (Genesis 5:1-7).
As we read through the generations, a pattern emerges:
“When so-and-so had lived blank years, he fathered blah blah blah. So-and-so lived after he fathered blah blah blah, blank years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of so-and-so were blank years, and he died.”
The pattern repeats itself until we get to verses 21-24.
“When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah, 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.”
Now you see him, now you don’t because Enoch walked with God.
Enoch lived 365 years — a year of years — but he walked with God for 300 of them.
What happened during those other 65 years?
Who was Enoch walking with then? Did he walk alone? Or with his dog?
All we know is when Enoch was 65 years old he became the father of Methuselah, and it was at that point he began to walk with God.
Enoch had a Methuselah Moment. He had — a moment in time that marked his life between when he walked without God and when he walked with God.
What was so special about Methuselah?
Most people who know Methuselah, know one thing. He lived longer than any other human — 969 years.
Few of us probably know the meaning of his name, though.
Biblical scholars of old say Methuselah’s name most likely comes from the Hebrew word meaning “man of the dart” or “man of the sword.” Its full meaning might be, “When he dies, it will come.”
Sort of the original Field of Dreams except this dream would be a nightmare because the year Methuselah died, God sent the Flood.
Not every Bible scholar is as quick to connect Methuselah’s name to a prophecy of the flood. But honestly, it doesn’t matter.
What matters is that after Methuselah was born, Enoch walked with God. Not before, but after.
Something changed in Enoch’s heart after Methuselah was born. Something so big he had a Methuselah Moment.
Enoch’s Methuselah Moment set him off on a journey with the Lord — a journey he never left. And one we should take.
What happened in that moment?
What did Enoch learn as he walked with God that we need to know?
And how can we have our own Methuselah Moment?
We’ll look at these questions in tomorrow’s post.
Until then, read more about Enoch in Genesis 5, Hebrews 11, and Jude 14-15.
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