Enoch Walked With God & Had a Methuselah Moment — You Can, Too! (Part 2)

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My Methuselah Moment

Ever had a Magic Moment, the kind that the Drifters sing about?

I have. But even better than a Magic Moment is a Methuselah Moment a moment in time when your walk with God changes forever. 

By that I mean, you walk with God. If you walk away from God, that moment would more likely be considered a Gomer Moment. I’ll have to write about that another time.

My first Methuselah Moment came when I first heard the Gospel message. I’d grown up hearing about Jesus. I celebrated His birthday every December and His resurrection every spring. I loved Him because every time we celebrated something for Him, I was the one who got presents.

Finally, in 1973, God drew me to Himself and led me to a summer youth camp where I heard the Gospel for the first time. I embraced it and began walking with God.

My next Methuselah Moment came when I saw The Red Thread — the presence of Jesus and/or His Work woven from eternity past into eternity future. 

The moment I saw a timeline showing Jesus woven through God’s Word from Genesis to Revelation, I was stunned. It was like I’d found the missing piece of Christianity that made Christianity stop seeming so hard. It changed my walk with God. Forever.

I saw God in a new light. Actually, in more light — as if a veil had lifted. I saw His heartbeat — Jesus.

I saw that Christianity isn’t about living a certain way and then going to heaven. It’s about Jesus. Everything from eternity past into eternity future is about Jesus Christ and His amazing love for the Father and the world. It all starts and ends with Jesus.

When I say it’s all about Jesus, don’t think I’m leaving out God or the Holy Spirit. They’re the inseparable three-in-one.

From first to last, it’s all about Christ, who lives to glorify God and is revealed by the Spirit.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
~ Revelation 22:13

Enoch’s Methuselah Moment

We don’t know what God said to Enoch, but I wonder if his Methuselah Moment came when he saw The Red Thread. There’s no written record that he “saw Jesus threaded through God’s plan for the world,” but we know from Jude 14-15 that he prophesized about Jesus’ Second Coming. And we know Enoch’s ancestors and descendants saw The Red Thread, even though the full reality of Jesus’ first coming remained a mystery.

Adam and Eve received the promise that Jesus would come to save the world from sin (Genesis 3:15).

Abel discovered the importance of the right sacrifice, which points to Jesus, the perfect and final sacrifice (Genesis 4:3-7; Hebrews 11:4).

After Enoch, his grandson Noah experienced the joy of being saved due to being counted as righteous through faith (Genesis 7:1; Hebrews 11:7).

Surely, as Enoch walked with God for 300 years, he came to know God’s heartbeat — that God would bring everything into unity under Christ (Ephesians 1:9-10) and give Him first place in everything (Colossians 1:18).

Walk Like Enoch

Enoch had a unique relationship with God in those days, but we have something he didn’t. We have God’s Word in written form — God’s Word, the Bible.

If we dig into God’s Word — and let it dig into us — it will change us.

To walk with God like Enoch, we must walk with the Word.

One of the best ways I’ve found to walk with the Word is The Red Thread Way.

I’ll post about that next, so please check back. 


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Enoch Walked With God and Had a Methuselah Moment — You Can Too (Part 1)

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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 blahblank 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 Methuselah300 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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Wait. What? — Need Help Understanding the Bible?

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“I’ve tried to read the Bible before, but I just don’t understand it.” 

How many times have you heard that? Or said it?

I get it. An IKEA instruction manual can sometimes make more sense than the Bible.

Sometimes. 

But never fear. God has not left us to decipher it by ourselves. Not only does He send His Holy Spirit to guide us in understanding, He’s also gifted many men and women with the ability to teach.

It’s important to note, however, that not every teacher out there has been gifted by God. Some teaching is just plain wrong. (Think Prosperity Gospel–Word of Faith teaching.)

But there are many wonderful teachers as well. Websites and podcasts can be our friends. Your local pastor can be even better. And a solid Bible study teacher is the cherry on top.

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite Bible teachers, Leiann Walther. Actually, I’ve already featured her before: 

So You Need to Teach A Bible Study but You Have No Idea How?
“Able to Teach” to the Rescue!

I’m featuring Leiann again because she’s recently updated her website, Strong Hands Enterprises, with even more great resources to help you understand the Bible.   

On Strong Hands Enterprises, Leiann offers

Audio teachings
Handouts
Downloadable studies
Resource suggestions
And much more

Great resources for both us learners and teachers. Check it out:

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Leiann Walther with Strong Hands Enterprises via www.JeanWilund.comLeiann Walther is the author of many Bible studies and devotions. 

She received a Bachelors degree in Education & Bible and her Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from Columbia International University. She’s taught the Bible for over 30 years. 

For more information about additional seminars by Leainn Walther and Strong Hands Enterprises, click this link: Strong Hands Enterprises.


 

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Understanding The Incomprehensible God — What?!

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What?!


There’s much I don’t understand. You’re shocked, right?

For instance, I’ll never understand how I can sit on my porch in South Carolina and talk into a small handheld box filled with pieces of metal that transmit a living image of me to a satellite in space which shoots that image to my daughter’s phone in a taro field in Hawaii that sends her image back to the satellite and into my phone so we can casually, instantly, seamlessly chat for an hour. 

What?!

I don’t understand any of that — except the part where she’s sitting in a taro field in Hawaii and I’m on my back porch in South Carolina. And I barely understand that. Especially the taro field part.

Oh, and the talking part. I get that, too, sort of. Ok, not really. How do our brains tell our vocal chords what vibrations to make? And how do our bodies turn them into words other people understand?

If I can’t understand all the wonders of the world God created, how do I begin to understand Him?

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God is Incomprehensible


Incomprehensible — the inability to be understood. 

We, women, get accused of being incomprehensible all the time, but we understand each other just fine. God, on the other hand, is beyond our ability to understand fully.

We can understand much of God, but not all of Him.

If we combined all the brilliant minds in history into one super brain, it wouldn’t be enough to comprehend all God is. 


For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
~ I Corinthians 2:11


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Consider the Trinity. Who can fully understand a God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — 3 Who’s in 1 What? God said, “Let us make man in our image.” 

When God said, “Let us make man in our image” He was referring to the Trinity.  

Yes, He made us in His image, but He didn’t make us exactly like Him. He didn’t create man and become “the Cube.” He remains the Trinity. 

We’re not exactly like God, and we’re not God — no matter what some of us like to think. 

When we try to explain what He’s like, we have to grab images we can understand to explain the God we never can. 

But beware. Many try to reduce God to an image they not only can understand but also one they think they can control. 

Words like “appearance” and “like” pop up whenever we try to explain God. Even in the Bible.

God is like the sun in all its glory, except more. Much more.


As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.
Ezekiel 1:28


If We Can’t Comprehend God, Should We Even Try?


Absolutely, we should try.

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever.
~Deuteronomy 29:29

God only keeps some things secret. 

We should seek to understand God as much as He’ll reveal Himself to us and then accept the rest as “the secret things” that “belong to the Lord.”

God wants us to know Him. He even gave us a thick Book to teach us about Him.  

Understanding God is Incomprehensible Makes a Difference in Our Lives Today


Like all of God’s character traits, understanding that He can’t be understood makes a difference in our lives today. For some, it’s a stumbling block. For others, it’s a path to peace.

Stumbling Block or Springboard?

Some people refuse to believe what they can’t understand. That was my husband at first.

When friends first introduced Larry to Christ, he battled trusting in Him because too much of the Bible seemed incomprehensible. He refused to trust what he couldn’t understand. For years.

Then one of those friends, Karen, shared a verse with him:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
~ Proverbs 3:5-6

Understanding The Incomprehensible God (The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God series) via www.JeanWilund.comThis verse helped Larry realize that his finite ability to understand an infinite God would always be limited.

He recognized that if God were small enough to be understood, He wouldn’t be big enough to be God.

After thinking on Proverbs 3:5-6, Larry knelt down on his knees in his bedroom and placed his faith in Jesus Christ.

He’d found a God he couldn’t comprehend but could fully trust.

Don’t let God’s incomprehensibility be a stumbling block. Let it be a springboard to a life of faith.

When we rest in what we know and don’t fight over what we don’t, we can experience peace in normal everyday life as well as in the midst of heart-wrenching trials.

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I don’t have to understand why God wants my oldest daughter to live 4,766 miles away right now. I only have to trust Him. 

He knows my heart and how I miss her while she’s in Hawaii. And He cares.

He’s with her always. He can reach her no matter where she goes.

And He knows how all this fits into His bigger picture for our good and His glory — even if I don’t.
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I don’t have to understand why God has allowed my friend’s child to suffer unrelieved pain for months. I only have to trust Him.

He knows what’s wrong and how to heal him.

He knows the desperate desire my friend feels every moment to see her son enjoy life again. And He cares.

And He knows how all this fits into His bigger picture for our good and His glory — even if they don’t.

God gives us what we need to know when we need to know it.

Let’s not confuse wants and needs

We want all the answers, but we don’t need them.

We need to trust in the One who understands all. 

God’s Word on His Incomprehensibleness


All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
~ Matthew 11:27 NASB

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
~ Romans 11:33 NASB

Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable.
~ Psalm 145:3 NASB

“Can you discover the depths of God?
Can you [by searching] discover the limits of the Almighty [ascend to His heights, extend to His widths, and comprehend His infinite perfection]?
His wisdom is as high as the heights of heaven. What can you do?
It is deeper than Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead). What can you know?
“It is longer in measure [and scope] than the earth,
And broader than the sea.
~ Job 11:7-9 AMP

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
~ Isaiah 55:9 NASB


God may be incomprehensible, but He’s not unapproachable.

Seek God with all your heart. When you come to know Him as He reveals Himself in each of His character traits, He’ll make your life more than you could’ve hoped it to be.

Only God knows what that will look like, but you can trust Him, even if you can’t comprehend Him. 


Listen to the following song, “Who” by the Newsboys. It’s one of their crazy, fun songs that has a powerful message about this God we can’t contain or comprehend.

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The Ultimate Know-It-All (Part 2) — How Understanding God’s Omniscience Makes A Difference Today

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Understanding Makes a Difference

Abi & Justice Our cat, Abi, loves our dog, Justice.

Justice fears Abi.

It probably stems from Justice’s first night in our home. Our previous cat, Noir, jumped on his head and attempted to shred his face.

Noir didn’t understand Justice would never hurt her. Now Justice can’t understand Abi won’t hurt him.

So, for the last seven years, Justice squirms away in fear whenever Abi rubs against his legs.

What we know and understand makes a difference.

In Part 1, we looked at what it means that God is All-Knowing. Today, we’ll consider how understanding that makes a difference in our lives today. 


Understanding God is All-Knowing:

1. Gives Us Perfect Peace in a Fear-Inducing World

Like Noir, this world will shred our face at times. In fact, it already has. But we have nothing to fear with God on our side. He has all the inside information.

The One in charge knows every detail of all that’s going on around the world. And His All-Knowing is combined with His All-Loving, All-Power, and All-Wisdom. 

He will give us light to see and understand all we need in His perfect timing. 

Our job is to walk in the light He’s already given us, trusting Him for more as we pray and obey. 

2. Removes Our Need to Defend Ourselves

We live in a world that’s easily offended. Tolerance no longer means “to disagree without being disagreeable.” Our culture is ready to fight at the smallest slight. 

God is our defender. “Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it” (Psalm 37:5)

Rather than putting up fists to fight, kneel down in prayer. Then stand and walk in a manner that reflects the Truth of who Christ is — our All-Knowing defender. 

3. Removes our Need to Hide from God

Before we were ever born, God knew everything we’d ever do or say.

Everything you’d say and do. And He still chose to create you. 

We never have to hide in shame from God. He knows it all and loves you.  

Choose to believe Him and trust in Him rather than run and hide. He’ll give you the power to turn from every hurtful way. His grace is abounding. But it must be received. 

4. Gives us Courage to Face Tomorrow

God knows what we can handle. 

For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.
~ Psalm 103:14 NASB

My friend’s child learned this verse in Sunday School when she was very young. The child then turned around and taught her mom saying, “God knows that we are butt dust.”

Well, I guess that’s a different way of looking at who we truly are!

I’ve heard it said many times that God will never put anything on us we can’t handle, to which I say, “Wrong!”

God will gladly put us into situations beyond our ability to handle, but never beyond His. He knows we need to reach the end of ourselves before we’ll look to Him and trust in Him.

Whenever the fire of your situation feels too hot, remember Jesus is with you just as He was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3). He’ll never leave you. 

5. Gives Us Strength in Our Oops Moments

We all make mistakes, but God never does. He never says Oops! Not even when He lets us make a mistake.

Or when He lets our child make a mistake. That huge mistake. 

Don’t worry or fret. Ask forgiveness if your “mistake” was actually a bad choice, but then walk in the freedom of God’s forgiveness and omniscience.

And if it’s your child, remember, God knows what they did, and He’s more than able to care for them — or deal with them. He loves them even more than you do.

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God’s Word on His Omniscience


Who has directed the Spirit of the LordOr as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge And informed Him of the way of understanding?”
(
Isaiah 40:13-14 NASB).

“Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.”
(Psalm 147:5 NASB).

“…God is greater than our heart and knows all things.”
(I John 3:20 NASB).

“Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all.”
(Psalm 139:4 NASB).

“Would not God find this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart”
(Psalm 44:21 NASB).

♦ 

“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever”
(I Chronicles 28:9 NASB).


I’ve only shared a few ways that understanding God is All-knowing makes a difference in our lives today. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Know any other ways? Share in the comments. 

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God – The Ultimate Know-It-All (Part 1)

 

Mensa, otherwise known as The Society of Know-It-Alls, admitted little Elise Tan-Roberts into their club in 2009 when she was only 845 days old.

At 2-years old, her IQ was 156, just short of Albert Einstein’s 160. Not too shabby.

She could talk at 5-months old.

She could recite 35 of the world’s capitals at age 2.

Imagine what God’s IQ is if it could be measured?

God is the ultimate Know-It-All. The One and Only.

There’s nothing more comforting than knowing the One in charge of it all knows it all.

But what does it really mean that God is All-Knowing, and what difference does that make in our lives?

Let’s take a look.

God is Omniscient


The $5.00 word for “All-Knowing” is “Omniscient.”

Now we’re all a little smarter, except for those who already knew that.

Being omniscient means that not only does God know everything, He’s always known everything. Perfect knowledge.

It means:

1. God never has to learn anything. 

A friend told me she wouldn’t want to know everything. She said learning is fun. True, learning is great, except for math. But for me, the most fun isn’t in the learning. It’s in having mastered what I studied.

Learning German was fun. Speaking it fluently was fabulous. (“Was” because I’ve forgotten much of it. I’m back in that less-fun learning phase again.)

But even more, the reality is we can’t say knowing it all is less fun that learning. It’s impossible for us to know. We’re not omniscient.  

2. God can’t forget what He knows.

When God says, “I will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12), He technically does remember. He means He’ll choose not to remember them against us anymore. He’ll treat us as if we’d never sinned.

3. God never needs information. 

Anytime God asks a question in the Bible, it’s always for their benefit (and ours), not His.

When God asked Adam in Genesis 3:9, “Where are you?” He asked because Adam and Eve needed to think about where they were, why they were there, and how they got there. And confess it to God.

The Ultimate, Marvelous, One and Only True Know-It-All


If we combined the intelligence of all the top intellects of the world across all of history and into the future, we still couldn’t touch even the tip of all God knows.

He knows things we don’t know enough to know we could know.

He knows exactly what’s at the bottom of the ocean and beyond Pluto-not-a-planet.

And He knows what’s in each of our hearts.

He knows our deepest desires, darkest secrets, and hidden agendas.

He knows it all. He’s the ultimate, marvelous, one and only true Know-it-All. 


In Part 2, we’ll look at how our understanding that God is All-Knowing makes a difference in our lives today. 


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If you’d like to go deeper in your study of the character traits of God, here are a few resources I recommend.

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