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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 4/260: Enoch

Read Jude 14-15

Contending for the Faith

Enoch is identified by the inspired Jude as “the seventh from Adam” (Jude 14). The line is Adam, Seth, Enosh, Cainan, Mahalalel, Jared, and Enoch.

Moses does not identify Enoch as a prophet, nor are any of Enoch’s words recorded for us in the first book of the Bible. Jude, however, shows that there were men before the flood who were teaching the truth and trying to convince others to follow God.

Enoch warned “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him” (Jude 14-15).

Keep in mind the purpose of Jude’s epistle, as revealed in verse 3: “I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” There were ungodly men in Enoch’s day, and Enoch preached against ungodliness. There were ungodly men in Jude’s day, and Jude pleaded with the brethren to preach against that ungodliness. There is still ungodliness in the world today, and we must continue to preach against that ungodliness.

Consider what Paul wrote to the young evangelist Timothy: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. From such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

We must take a stand for what is right and against what is wrong. We must “contend earnestly for the faith.” We must, like Enoch, warn of the judgment against ungodly deeds and ungodly ways.

Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 3/260: Enoch

Read Genesis 5:21-24; Hebrews 11:5

Walking with God

There is very little written about Enoch in the inspired record, but that which is said speaks volumes of the man’s character. He was the father of the oldest man on record (Methuselah, 969 years old), who was born when Enoch was 65. Moses says, “After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters” (Genesis 5:22). Nothing is said of his relationship with God prior to Methuselah’s birth.

Perhaps fatherhood caused Enoch to take stock of his life. Perhaps he had been heading down the wrong path, and he suddenly realized the importance his influence might have on his children. Perhaps he finally matured, finally grew up, finally became a man.

Fathers have a great obligation when it comes to their children. The apostle Paul exhorted the dads in Ephesus, “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). The father, as the spiritual head of the household, should set rules and boundaries that protect and encourage his children to be faithful to God. Show respect to the revealed Word, not only with your words, but with your behavior. When one says one thing and does the opposite, trust can be destroyed. Hypocrisy will do to children exactly what Paul warns against: it will “provoke your children to wrath.”

Whatever his life was before he became Methuselah’s dad, Enoch spent his final three hundred years on this earth as a man of faith. Moses says that “Enoch walked with God three hundred years” and, as a result, “God took him” (Genesis 5:22,24). The Hebrews writer says it more explicitly: “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, ‘and was not found because God had taken him’; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God” (Hebrews 11:5).

Are you walking with God? Are you pleasing Him?