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Living by Faith (Vol 21) - Enoch's Faith

Sunday English Service - 06 JAN 19

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Hebrews chapter 11. We get back to our teaching on living by faith based on Hebrews chapter 11. We taught up to verse 4. Today, we're going to look at verse 5 and 6. And before I read it, I want to say a couple of things about this chapter and how it is written. Now, from verse 4 onwards, beginning with Abel, it lists a whole lot of Old Testament personalities and talks about their faith using them as illustration. And you will notice that the persons mentioned, the list in other words of people, is not given in the historical order or in the chronological order. For example, you will see that in verse 9, Isaac and Jacob are referred to even before talking about Sarah in verse 11. And then in verse 31, you will find that the walls of Jericho falling are mentioned first and then only the faith of Rahab is mentioned, it’s reversed actually. In the Bible it appears in the exact opposite order. Similarly, Gideon is mentioned before Barak, Samson and Jephthah. And David is mentioned before Samuel. And so, whenever you find something like this you immediately know that the author is having something else in mind. The reason for him listing them in the order that he is listing is something different than just presenting a historical or chronological order.

What is in his mind? He's a New Testament writer, but comes from an old covenant background. He is a Jew converted to Christianity and he's writing to encourage Jewish converts to Christianity who are undergoing a great deal of persecution and so on at that time. And he is talking about faith. And he wants to teach them about faith particularly using the Old Testament personalities but he wants to teach New Testament truths about salvation in Christ and living the Christian life and so on. But he wants to use the Old Testament personalities because it will be very appealing to the people that come from the Jewish background because they understand the Old Testament very well. And so, he has got a different order in mind. So, he's thinking when he uses Abel as a first example in verse 4, Abel is not mentioned because he was born before Enoch, even though he is, he’s not mentioned just because he's born before Enoch. He’s mentioned because the thing that is illustrated through Abel and his life is illustration of our salvation. See, Adam and Eve have sinned and been driven out of the garden, lost all the blessings, they’re outside of the blessing of God, outside of the umbrella of God's blessings. They have rejected God, they’ve said no to God. They've unseated God from the throne of their hearts. They have said no practically. And now, you find Abel as he comes to worship God with the first and the best that he brings as offering to God. What he’s stating by bringing the first and the best is that, “I want God to be supreme in my life. I want to put God right where He belongs again. My parents have rejected Him, I want to receive Him. I want to receive Him as my Lord and my Savior. I want to receive Him as my God. He is number one. He is supreme.” That is what he's saying by his offering that he brought.

So, that is an illustration of Christian salvation. Why is he stating that as he teaches faith? He is stating that because faith is first experienced or tasted by the believer at the time of his salvation. When we come to put our faith in Christ, that is when we first have a taste of faith and how this faith works. Romans chapter 10 verse 9 and 10 says, if you will believe with your heart, the Lord Jesus, and confess with your mouth that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. So, believing and confessing, this is how a person is saved. He comes and exercises faith. Faith is the thing that is exercised for salvation. The very first experience that we have with faith is at the time of our salvation. That is why Abel is mentioned first because Abel is an illustration of a fallen man coming back to God and coming and making Jesus the Lord of his life, and faith is experienced in salvation.

Now, why is Enoch mentioned next then? Enoch is mentioned next then because Enoch is an illustration of a life of faith. As soon as you receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you begin to learn to experience faith and live by faith on a day to day basis. You experience faith in putting faith in Jesus as your Savior and Lord. In salvation you saw faith work but now you must see faith work in every area of your life. That is the point to that is made there. Enoch is an illustration not of salvation but how a man walks with God, how a man communes with God, how a man fellowships with God, how a man lives in a close communion with God. That is why it is given in that order. The writer of the book of Hebrews has that order in his mind. So, in Abel we are taught that faith is first used in acknowledging or receiving God as the Lord of our life. In Enoch we are taught that faith is used in our walk with God as we live for God every day. It is about daily living, it is about our spiritual life. Then he goes to Noah as a third example which we’ll come to later on in the next week. In Noah we are taught how faith is used in our witness before the world. How do we testify before the world about God? That is about that. That is why he puts it there, places it there as the third example.

So, the more you keep that in mind as you read the book of Hebrews in chapter 11, the more you keep this order in your mind. The reason for this order in your mind, the more you will see the beauty of this whole passage. The book Hebrews is written with much thought. It’s very deep book. He is very knowledgeable with the Old Testament subject and with much thought given to it, he’s writing, with much planning he’s writing, and therefore it must be examined in that way. All right. So, in Abel's case we are shown where faith begins at salvation, in Enoch’s case we’re taught how we conduct our life of faith on a day to day basis.

Now, let's go one more step before we read. There are five places in the Bible that we read about Enoch. Two of those places are simply places where Enoch is mentioned in the genealogies. One is in 1 Chronicles chapter 1 verse 3, when mentioning a genealogy, he's mentioned as so and so’s son and who's Enoch’s son and so on. It’s a very simple mention, not much detail, just that he's mentioned there. And again, in Luke chapter 3 verse 37, again in another genealogy he’s mentioned. So, out of five, those two are just genealogies so they don't give great details. There are three other passages that we're going to concentrate today in order to learn about Enoch’s faith. And we're going to begin with the first passage. I want to read the three passages first, so that we’ll have them before us as we begin to teach on Enoch’s faith and learn faith for our daily living.

Now, the first passage is, of course other passages that we're studying. We are studying Hebrews chapter 11. Hebrews chapter 11 verse 5 and 6. 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. But without faith it is impossible to please Him. Now, let me stop here and remind you something. A lot of people, even I in the early days, have made the mistake of referring to verse 6 separately, thinking of verse 6 as a separate entity, as not connected with verse 5 at all. But if you read it, it is really connected to verse 5 because in verse 5, it says that, by faith Enoch was taken away and he did not see death and he was not found because God had taken him, and before he was taken, he had this testimony that he pleased God. After saying that he had this testimony that he pleased God, then verse 6 says, without faith it is impossible to please God. So, pleasing God is a subject here. That Enoch was taken up, disappeared from the scene because he so pleased God. And then he says in verse 6, without faith it is impossible to please God. So, the thought continues. It's about Enoch. For he who comes to God must believe that He is. Why did he please God? How did he please God? His faith pleased God. What was his faith all about? His faith was all about the fact that God is, that God does exist. That God is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. 

I'm going to explain this. We’ve laid out the basic outline, but I'm going to explain this further as we go along. But let me read the three passages. The first passage is this, Hebrews 11. We have two more passages that give a lot of information about Enoch. Very interesting information. First let me read it then we'll explain it. Genesis chapter 5 verse 21 to 24. Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. The next verse says that Methuselah had Lamech and so on. Now, one more passage. Go to the epistle called Jude, a general epistle of Jude which is right there before the book of Revelation. There's only one chapter to it. Let me read to you verse 14 and 15. In Genesis chapter 5 we read that Enoch lived 65 years and then gave birth to Methuselah. He had a son named Methuselah. We'll talk about all that. And then Enoch lived 300 more years after that and had sons and daughters, and he lived a total of 365 years. And Enoch walked with God and he was not. Notice the term, walked with God and he was not, for God took him. All right. Now read Jude verse 14 and 15.

Now one of the remarkable things about Enoch is more is said about him in the New Testament than in the Old Testament where his history is given, where he first appears. Not much detail there actually when you look at it, but there are some things that are not even suggested there, are given there in the New Testament. It's amazing how they come up with this kind of information. Jude tells us something more about Enoch here. He says, Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “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.”

Now, here, amazingly, we have something mentioned here that is not even suggested about Enoch in any way in the Old Testament, in historical account of him. He simply says, he lived 365 years and he had a son named Methuselah. He walked with God and all that, but never mentions that he was a preacher, great prophet, the priest for 300 years, and tells us what he preached. That he preached about the judgment of God, and so on, that is to come and that he preached against the ungodliness of the society in which he found himself and so on. These are great details and we will deal with it as we go along. Now, let me deal with one thing here. We're going to keep all these three passages and also you may want to just kind of keep all of them and be ready to go to them whenever we refer to them, it's helpful.

But let's look at something here. It says in verse 14, it begins like that, now Enoch, the seventh from Adam. I like this kind of stuff because look at the details the Bible gives. He is the seventh from Adam, it says. It's identifying Enoch very particularly as a person who’s seventh from Adam. Why? A lot of people think Bible is a bunch of made up stories. They want to teach some moral stories and therefore they use certain stories like this about Adam and Eve. “They are not really truly a man and a woman,” they say. “Adam and Eve is fictional personalities created by the writers of the Bible to tell us about some kind of a moral truth or spiritual truth. So, you don't have to believe that Adam is real. You don't have to believe that Eve is real and so on. Therefore, you don't have to believe Enoch is real also. And all these things are unreal,” they say. “The Bible is full of just made up stories.” But as far as I know, there is a big difference between made up stories and real stories. The made-up stories usually go like this: long, long ago so long ago. And you ask, “How long ago?” Nobody knows because you can't really tell, because it's made up. There are no specific years you can pin to it. Long, long ago, so long ago, there was a prince of a particular country. Which prince? Which country or which king? Which country? They can't tell because it's made up story. That's how made up stories go.

But the Bible, see how particular and definite it is. Do you know why it says it's the seventh from Adam? Because there is another Enoch who's third from Adam, who came in the line of Cain. He was born to Cain the wicked fellow, the murderer. And he produced some wicked children. That is why God had to destroy the whole world through a flood because they produced such wickedness that even God couldn't bear it. And the one who's writing Jude is making sure that we don't follow that Enoch, the devil's Enoch, the wicked Enoch. That we follow the right Enoch. So, he says, “Hey, it's not that Enoch I’m talking about, the third from Adam. This is the seventh from Adam I'm talking about. The one who comes in the line of Seth. The holy lineage. God's Enoch. Follow him. I'm telling his story,” he says. So, it’s very clear and definite here about that. And then, after this we're told about Enoch’s years of life back in Genesis chapter 5. That's very interesting information. He lived for 65 years, gave birth to Methuselah, then lived 300 hundred more years. And all these years he walked with God.

So, 365 years of life he was. That's long many years for us now. You must remember that in the beginning they lived long years. Adam lived for 930 years and Methuselah that Enoch give birth to, lived for 969 years. Would you believe that? 969 years. And if you compare all those years with Enoch, Enoch short lived. He was only living for 365 years. Now, we can't even fathom this thing. We cannot even imagine a person living for 365 years. Now, in order to help you understand and put it in a framework where we can grasp this thing about what it would be to live 365 years only then we can understand what is said about him. So, let me make up something. Suppose Enoch lived in our day today, and he lived and died in 2019 January 6th, he has lived 365 years. What was his year of birth? The year of birth would be 1654. As soon as you hear his birth date, you'll be shocked, in today's framework. If you met Enoch and said, “What's your date of birth?” He’ll say, “1654.” That's enough to shock anybody here. 1654. And 1654 means that he lived when the Mogul empires were ruling. And Shivaji and Aurangzeb ruled later. And then the British Empire came and they ruled for a couple of hundred years and he lived through the British rule completely. And then when Mahatma Gandhi was born, he was already 200 years old. Just imagine his 200th birthday. On his 200th birthday, they would have lit up the candles and the cake would have melted with the 200 candles burning. Just imagine what it means to live that many years. And then, he would have lived through the time of the freedom struggle and then entered into the free and modern India as we call it now. That is, he would have lived from the days when there was not even a bicycle invented all the way up to the time when there’re rockets flying. He has seen a lot. 365 years is a lot.

I remember, I'm not an old man. I got to say that now and then. I remember picking up the phone, calling people and when you pick up a phone, you got to be careful because you have to be shouting hello, hello. And everybody in the street can hear you. That's how loud you have to speak and this is not many years ago. I remember sitting one whole half a day trying to reach a person by phone because the phone will not be working properly. Either my phone will not be working or his end of the line will not be working. To get a working phone was such a difficulty. I remember I applied for a phone they told me that will take six years to get it. Then when I found a person who can do it for me, it took me only six days to get it. It's amazing what can happen in this place. It was like that. I've lived in the days when there was rickshaw which a man pulled and I sat in it and I went. Today, the kids won't even believe that. I remember the days when there was no cell phone. Now, kids think without cell phone there's no life. Just imagine, you got to give credit to us. We came from the pre-cell phone days. And we made it. And we can use the cell phone also. We can use the computers, we can use iPad, we can use all this modern equipment. So, we've come a long way, I think I've come a long way. I was in the old and I'm in the new and I have used the old methods and I've used the new and I think I've come a long way. I think it's a great achievement for people of my age. For us to live on both sections. But just imagine 365 years what it’ll look like?

The point of all this is, why I'm saying all this is this, if a man lived for 365 years in such a society, the society at that time was very bad also so that God had to send a flood and destroy the whole world. When Methuselah, Enoch’s son was born, Enoch named him Methuselah. The name itself said something. You know what it meant? It meant, when he dies, it will come. That's what it meant. That's why he lived 969 years. When he dies, what will come? When he dies, the flood will come. Now, a lot of people complain about how cruel God is that He sent a flood and destroyed everybody. Let me tell you how good God is when He decided to judge the world with a flood and destroy all the wicked ones. He had to do it because if you have a country, you got to have law and order, you have to have courts, you have to have judgments, you have to have punishment. If none of these things are there you’ll say, “What kind of country is this? Banana republic,” you’ll say. “There's no law. There's no rule. There're no courts, there's no punishment. What kind of country have you got?” You’ll say. So, we've got proper law and order, courts, judges, punishment and so on.

God who created the whole world, how can you object Him from punishing people? How can you object Him and stand in the way and say, “You cannot do this? If you do this, You're cruel.” God who made the world, created the world, gave us the breath of life and gave us the sun, moon, and the stars, the trees and the forest and the lakes and the rivers and the oceans and everything that we enjoy so freely and so fully. Should He not ask account of us? Should He not hold us accountable? Does He not have the authority to judge us if we misuse His wonderful gifts? Think about that, my friend. You're enjoying too much of everything that God has given. This very life, the breath of life that you have is a gift of God. And if you don't live that life for God, don't you think it's right for you to stand before God one day and account for the days of life that God had given you? I think it's very reasonable. God is going to judge the world one day.

People complain always about how cruel God is, “He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. He sent a flood and destroyed the whole world and everybody was killed except Noah and his family. What a cruel God.” No, God is not a cruel God. Look how much of a loving God He is. When He decided to judge the world, He gave a long rope. He waited and waited and waited and made the guy live 969 years. By the way, he was the longest living person stated in the Bible. That means that God is long suffering. God made sure he lived the longest. He gave the longest rope you can give for sinners to repent and turn to Him. World was such wicked world. If you read the chapter 6 of the book of Genesis, in the beginning verses it describes how the world was, how wicked they were, how ungodly they were. The Lord says He saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6:5. Every intent of man's thoughts are continually evil. 365 days, 24/7, he’s only thinking evil. That kind of a wickedness was going on. Full of wicked designs and wicked thoughts and wicked actions. That is why God had to destroy. It was a society like that and Enoch lived in such a wicked society. That is why he's crying in Jude as a prophet prophesying and literally scolding them saying ungodly, ungodly, ungodly. The society was an ungodly society. In such a society, this man showed that you can live for God, that you can be faithful to God, that you can follow God, that you can live by God's principles.

So, 365 years is something considering the kind of world he lived in, the kind of challenges he would have faced and the fact that these 365 years he lived and Genesis chapter 5 says that he walked with God all these years. All these years, he was faithful to God. Long period of faithfulness to God. That is the most wonderful thing about this passage. By the way, I told you in those days people lived long. There was a point at which God had to restrict man's lifespan to 120. You read about it in Genesis chapter six. After Enoch and his son and so on, God at one point had to come around and say, “Man is going to live till 120 years of age and no more.” Why? Why did God stop man from living for a long time, for hundreds of years? Because man had fallen now. He's in sin. He’s becoming very wicked and his thoughts and intents are wicked all the time. And he's doing a lot of damage with it. And just imagine if all the rapists and all the bank robbers and all the murderers and everybody lived for 900 years, what kind of world we’ll have? It will be unbearable. So, God decided to put an end to it. God decided and said, “Well, no more of this nonsense. You're not going to live for 700, 800, 900 years and ruin this world and give problem. We’re going to cut it short. 120 years.” So, God has put a cap of upper limit for human lifespan. 120 years.

But some people have not got that message. A lot of people say, “Well, brother, please remember Psalm 90 says that it is 70 years and by reason of strength, it could sometimes be 80.” Yeah, Psalm 90 says that. But the thing is, who wrote Psalm 90? They say Moses wrote Psalm 90. And how long did Moses live, the writer of the Psalm? He lived 120 years. So, I will take the years he lived rather than what he is saying there. He’s probably saying what is happening in the world now. 70, 80 has become the norm by his time, that is what he’s stating. But God has given the upper limit of 120. I say that because in four years I'll be 70. If 70 is the upper limit my God, God help us. I don't want to think of 70 as the upper limit. I don't know how many of you are as near to 70 as I am. Some people when they get near 70 itself, they’re ready to pack and ready to go. “God I'm ready, when are You calling me?” I am not ready. I want to stay here for a long time. God said, “I’ll satisfy you with long life.” How long are you going to stay? Well, God has given the upper limit of 120. When a bank gives an upper limit for a loan, you see how our people take loans from the banks, if they said, “10 lakhs is your upper limit,” if you’ve taken 7 lakhs people will say, “You have 3 more lakhs. Take it, take it. Otherwise it'll go to waste,” one fellow says. “How will it go to waste? My God, man. I don't need it?” He said, “Take it because it will go to waste. It's laying there. You're given 3 more lakhs limit.” You want to cap the limit, get every penny that you're allowed to take out. Well, God is not giving out loans, He’s giving free, 120. I think I'm going to go for it. Only if you reach to the sky, you'll at least get somewhere in the middle. If your aim itself is 70, God help you. That's not a very clever idea. Your aim must be 120, then if you reach 90 or something, that's good. Yeah, at least you reached 120, live till 90, 95, 96. That's good.

But God did everything for good. When He restricted man's age it was for the good of humanity because the earth cannot bear these wicked fellows if they lived for long. So, He cut short the life of man so that we can just go on and so on. All right. About Enoch’s preaching, you need to look at Enoch’s preaching go to Jude. And his preaching is very amazing. This passage really amazes me because this is some information that is not there in the Old Testament at all. Old Testament says, he lived 365 years, he walked with God. That's all it says. He had a son named Methuselah, nothing else. But here we read that this man prophesied. Here, Enoch is a prophet it's telling me. He prophesied.

What did he prophesy? He prophesied about how the Lord comes with 10,000 of His saints to judge the earth. He had two aspects to his message. One is, that the Lord is coming to judge the world. That's his message. And particularly he’s talking about the second coming. This is what amazes me most. Enoch is seventh from Adam, he’s an ancient person. At that time, even the first advent, the first coming of Jesus itself is not something very clearly known. The very first prophecy of the Messiah was given in Genesis chapter 3 verse 15, when man fell into sin, God comes and speaks to the serpent and says, “I will put enmity between your seed and her Seed.” Genesis 3:15. God is telling the serpent between your seed and her Seed, I'll put enmity. He will crush your head, referring to the woman’s Seed. He will crush your head and you will bruise His heel. That's the first prophecy of the coming Messiah.

Did Adam and Eve understand that? That Jesus is going to come and be born of a virgin? Go to the cross, crush Satan's head? And the bruising of the heel of Jesus is all about what happened on the cross? Did they understand that? Not at all. How do I know? Because in chapter 4 of Genesis in the first verse, Cain is born to Adam and Eve, and as soon as he's born this woman is rejoicing saying, “I have a child from the Lord,” and she named him Cain. Cain means this is it. In other words, she’s saying, “God said, ‘I'll make enmity between your seed and her Seed.’ So, this is the woman’s Seed. This is the one that's going to crush the head of Satan who landed me in trouble and got me out of the garden, cost me to lose all my blessings and benefits. God has sent as the woman’s Seed. The Messiah who’ll crush the head of Satan,” she said. Did that happen? No. Exactly the opposite happened. He was not a child from God. He was a child of the devil. He ended up being the first murderer instead of being the Savior. So, she did not understand what was said in chapter 3 verse 15.

And here is seventh man from Adam, seventh in the genealogy from Adam, how much do you think he would have understood? A lot of people at his time, living during his period, never understood anything about it. But this man understands, not just the first coming of Jesus where He will come as the Savior, born of a virgin Mary in the town of Bethlehem, and go to the cross and provide redemption for us. He goes even beyond that to the thing that is yet to happen, not even happened yet, the second coming. When He will come with ten thousands of His saints in a second coming which Paul talks about. How did he know? Did he read Paul's epistles? There were no Paul's epistles. There was no Old Testament, there was no New Testament. Where did he get that? He is talking about the second coming. “The Lord will come with ten thousands of His saints to judge the wicked world,” he says, “to execute judgment.” How does he know there's going to be a judgment, that God is going to judge? How does he think he is going to come with ten thousands of His saints? That is New Testament terminology. These are truths that are given to us plainly in the New Testament by Paul. How does he know these things?

I have an idea as a preacher, how he came to know. He was very close with God, fellowshipping with God. And as a result of his fellowship with God, living close to God, walking with God, hearing from God, this man had a revelation of the coming things as a prophet of God. God gave him the revelation of the things that are going to happen. So, he knew much more than what a normal person knew. As a prophet of God, he knew the coming events, he knew what was going to happen, what is going to take place even all the way to the second coming of Jesus. It's amazing really when you think about it like that. So, that is the first aspect of his preaching. The second aspect of his preaching is concerning the ungodliness of his age, of his time period in which he lived. A denunciation of the ungodliness that was all too visible to the degenerate culture of those days. The culture, what was going on in those days was so degenerate, so bad, so evil. He was denouncing them. His preaching was full of denouncements because wickedness, ungodliness was there.

And the remarkable way he presents it is something that really amazes me. Look at it. That's why they say you must read a passage again and again and again and again and again to get what it says. Look at it, verse 14. He prophesied about these men also saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with 10,000 of His saints, to execute judgment on all,” now listen, “to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they've committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which are ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” What comes out in this verse? In one verse he mentions ungodly four times. His eyes are opened, his antennas are up. He's very aware of the ungodliness of his society. The condition, this moral deprivation of the society in which he lived. This is the society that's going to die in the flood. He’s very much aware of it. He’s crying out saying, “Ungodly, ungodly, ungodly, ungodly.” Four times in these few lines. In one verse he’s calling them ungodly.

How did he know that they were ungodly? Usually when you lived in a society, when you are a loner in that society, you're not like everybody else, you're a spiritual person and everybody's a wicked person or something like that, when you live like that you get drowned in that culture. You kind of get along with the others and you kind of adapt their ways and join with them and go along. And you find that a lot in our world. People will say, “Well, everybody does it. So, what does it matter? Well, this is the norm of our society. This is what we do, this is how everything happens.” That's the way people view it. We become so worldly, so aligned with the world in our thinking, so that these things do not look as bad at all. It reaches a point where ungodliness does not look like ungodly. It looks like it's all right. We just get along and we say, “Yeah, yeah, I know it happens all the time. Nothing big.” It becomes a very normal thing for us.

Remember, Enoch was living, he was a unique person in that society. Most of the society was deteriorating so that in a few years later only Noah and his family were found righteous. All the rest were wicked and all the rest had to go. That kind of a society where almost all of them were wicked and he is left alone. But he is crying out, “Ungodly, ungodly.” How is he aware of the ungodliness when so many people don't even think it's ungodly, it's all right? Everybody does it and we do it. How does he know that it's ungodly? I'll tell you how. Because he lived close to God he walked with God. The holiness of God, the purity of God began to rub off on him. He began to think holy thoughts, speak holy words, have a holy heart that is cleaned and cleansed. He became a very pure man because God is holy, he also became holy. The holiness of God began to rub off on him.

See, holiness is not about what we wear. We have reduced it lately in the last 100 years to what we wear and by way of makeup or clothes or whatever. It’s not about holiness it’s about our heart. It's about our mind, our thoughts and about our words. That's what true holiness is about. And that's what God is about. That's why the Bible talks a lot about heart, a lot about the mind and a lot about the words of our mouth. If we get these three things straightened out, everything will straighten out. When you join with God, that English proverb is very apt. It says, show me your friend and I'll show you who you are. It's very true. That is why you got to be careful about who you join with, who your friends are. You will find out very quickly that you're turning out like your friends. Your behavior begins to align with your friends, and they begin to take you in and train you in that, so to speak. That is why you need to get together with the saints of God, with the people that think in line with God's word, and act in line with God's word so that you may grow in these things. And fellowship with God and His word, meditate on His word, and so on. Because who you join with, who you spend your time with is who you turn out to be like.

Somebody said, “Well, I don't have anybody to spend time.” Well, you got Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Peter and Paul and Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. All these guys here. You got God here. Why don’t you shut your door to the room and spend time with these wonderful folks? You will turn out like them. You spent some time with Abraham, you're faithful, you become like Abraham’s faith. Spend some time with the good people. So, Enoch was crying out, “Ungodly, ungodly, ungodly, ungodly,” because the more he spent time with God, the more he became aware of the ungodliness of the world. And the world is amazed at such people when they censure the world, when they call the world ungodly. They don't like it. They’d say, “How come you call the world...?” Nobody's calling it ungodly, you're calling it. I remember Billy Graham back in my college days, I remember he had a crusade one time and in a huge meeting, thousands upon thousands of people in a stadium he declared, he was talking about all this. How God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and how God destroyed the people of the world during Noah's time and all that. The judgment of God upon the ungodliness of the world and so on. He came to a certain point that he made a statement that startled everyone, that became a big media subject for the next few days. He said, “How dare you call them ungodly? The generation that lived in Noah's days ungodly. Don't you see what you are living like?” He was telling his country people. He was talking to them and he was telling them about their spiritual condition. He said, “How dare you call them ungodly? Look at us,” he says. I think it will go for every society, I think, today in the world. No matter what country you belong to. He said, “Look at our world. Look at the world as it is today. Look at the ungodliness that exists, the lack of fear of God, respect for God's Word, and the principles of God. How can you call them ungodly?” And then he said, “If God doesn't punish America, his country, God doesn't punish America, one day He will have to ask pardon from Sodom and Gomorrah.” This is what he said actually. Everybody was shocked. I mean it was such a shocking statement. God must punish, otherwise one day He'll have to say sorry to Sodom and Gomorrah that He punished them.

Oh, boy, you should see the media go crazy. See, the media you are only seeing it now. I'm talking about 35 years ago there. The media was like what it is now here already. These guys learned it from them. I mean, they were going berserk, “How can he say something like that? My God, is it true that we are so bad? Who said that we are so bad? Everybody is saying we're so nice and we are such a nice people and so on.” And that man, a loner, standing there and crying out, like Enoch, he was a great prophet and he lived for 99 years and he's crying out saying, “Ungodly, ungodly, ungodly. Repent and turn to God,” he said. And people don't seem to understand, “How can he call ungodly?” Because they got so used to ungodliness that ungodliness seems like okay.

So, when a person calls that ungodly, calls a spade a spade, when a person calls it as it is... We have whitewashed everything. We don't call sin, sin anymore. We say it's a failure. It's a mistake. We have nice stylish words, modern words. If you use word sin they’ll say, “Who are you? You must be coming from the pre-Stone Age. You're talking about sin. What do you mean sin? We don't have any sin. So, we've changed the terminology to suit our convenience so that we can forget about ungodliness and don't deal with ungodliness so that we can continue to get along with ungodliness and not feel the unease about ungodliness. But Enoch was a man for 365 years, he lived in close fellowship with God, ungodliness seems like ungodliness to him, and he calls it out. All right.

Then Enoch was taken by God. Just imagine. We don't know what happened. Nowhere we are told what happened. We can say that this happened. The Bible says that in a twinkling of an eye when Jesus comes, our mortal bodies will put on immortality, we’ll be changed from mortal beings to immortal beings in a twinkling of an eye, 1 Corinthians chapter 15 says that. Something like that must have happened. I think Enoch is all the time walking with God in this journey of life, he’s always talking with God, fellowshipping with God, going along with God, he’s become so tight with God. One day they're walking along and God I think told him, “Enoch, you come a long way, you come nearer to my home than your home, why don’t you just stay on here? Why do you want to go back? I like you very much. Just stay here. We'll get you a mansion here. Stay right here.” And Enoch just ended up staying there. And they were looking for him in his town.

Spurgeon really plays with that idea of what would have happened at that time when Enoch disappeared and was not to be seen, what the society would have thought about this man. Especially because of the way he preached, saying, the judgment is coming and all that. All of a sudden, this guy is not there. Was he killed? Was he kidnapped? What happened? Is he buried somewhere? Finally, somehow, they came to the conclusion, he was always talking to God, walking with God so he must have gone there. And the reason he was taken by God, the Bible says, is because of his faith and the fact that he pleased God. I just want to say something about this. He pleased God. He walked with God, Genesis says. Hebrews 11 says He pleased God. Both are basically referring to his spiritual life, the way he lived it, the communion and the fellowship that he had with God.

Now, if you’re going to walk with another person, Amos chapter 3 verse 3 says, can two walk together if they are not in agreement? It's very difficult for two people to walk together if they're not in agreement. You got to agree on certain things. First of all, you got to agree on the destination where you're going. If you're going to Perambur and I'm going to Mount Road, we can’t walk together. You're going this way and I'm going that way. We can’t walk together. Can two walk together if they are not in agreement? Cannot do it. You got to agree about the destination.

Enoch agreed with God about the destination. He began to tell God from the beginning, he said, “God wherever You want to take me that's where I'm going. I have no program, no agenda, let Your will be done. I want to come with You. I want to walk with You. Let your will be done in my life. Wherever You want to take me that's where I want to go. Let's go.” He was walking with God. He was trusting God and walking with God concerning the destiny of his life. The destination is the same. Secondly, the path must be the same if two need to walk together. You got to follow the same path. Now, you can go in two different paths and come to the same destination maybe but you cannot walk together if you're not going in the same path. So, Enoch decided that he's not going to have his own path and take his own way. God's way is his way, regarding all subjects, regarding everything in life and all issues of life. “What is God's way? What does God say? That is my way,” he decided. So, he began to walk with God in that way. I’m telling you what walking with God means.

Thirdly, the pace must be the same. Not only the destination and the path but the pace must be the same. You got to walk at the same speed. One cannot walk fast and the other slow. If you're going to do that you cannot walk together. They walked together. Enoch walked with God because He kept pace with God. Every step that he took, he took by the guidance and the leading of the Holy Spirit. God led him. He was led by the Spirit of God. Walked according to God's guidance. That is how he walked with God. Now, what did it result in? It resulted in fellowship, which is communion with God, close fellowship with God and righteousness. He became a wonderful man. He became a righteous man just like Abel, about whom God testified that he was righteous. Here is a man because of the way he walked, because of the way he decided that his destination will be decided by God, the way will be decided by God, and he will cooperate, and the speed also will be decided by God, that he was in total agreement with God in his life and walked in that way. God was very pleased with him and it produced righteousness. And he was a different kind of man. That made him a different kind of man. A man who walked with God.

About his faith. Hebrews chapter 11 talks about his faith. In Genesis, his faith is not mentioned. In Jude, his faith is not mentioned. Hebrews particularly mentions his faith. Hebrews actually says, 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. So, his faith pleased God. The way he believed pleased God. What did he believe? When we say Enoch had faith and it pleased God, what do we mean? What did he believe? He believed, first of all, that God exists, that there is a God, which is such a difficult thing for people to believe today because they can’t see Him. I believe that you are here because I see you but I believe even more that God is here even though I cannot see Him, I know that He is here. And I believe it even more than I believe that you are here. Just because He's unseen it doesn't mean that He does not exist.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. Faith has to do with the unseen. If you can't believe in an unseen God, then you can’t relate to faith at all. Faith is about the unseen. So, I believe in God. In fact, a lot of people have turned out to be atheists because they say, “Well, I can't see God, I can't believe God. It’s very difficult for me to believe God, this God thing I don't like.” I ask them, “You're worse than the devil. Every devil believes that there is a God.” Read James chapter 2. The devil believes there is a God. Hello. There is no devil in this world that is an atheist devil. There's only a believing devil. Every devil believes that there is a God and they're literally shaking when they hear God's name. That's what the Bible says. So, I believe in God that He is. But then, I not only believe that He is, I don't believe just like the devil. The devil believes that God is and I believe that God is, there's no difference between the devil and I then.

I believe something more than the devil. I believe what kind of a God that He is. I believe that He is the God that is revealed in His creation. His love prepared everything for me. The world, this harmonious, beautiful world that I see and enjoy and live in, all this luxury that God has provided for man, this life came from God, from the loving heart of God that God has given. I see God as the creator. And I see Him as the one who gave all the good gifts of this life, the breath of life, the food that I eat, the things that I enjoy. My taste buds enjoy every fruit. All of this is a pleasure that is God-given. I believe in that God that Genesis 1 talks about, the Creator God. I believe in this God who created me like Psalm 139 says, He put together the various parts of my body and made me the way I am. He made you the way you are. He put us together and made us. We are marvelously made and wonderfully made by God, I believe in that fact that He is the Maker. And I also believe that He is the God that is revealed through the events that happened in the life of the people of Israel as He brought them out of the land of Egypt, delivered them from the bondage of Egypt, and brought them through the Red Sea. The sea opened up before them, and they walked as if on dry land. I believe that God will open seas before us even today. That He’s a miracle working God. I believe much more than what the devil believes. I don't believe that God exists, I believe much more than that. I believe that God will do mighty things for me. That He will pour manna for me from heaven. He will give me water out of the rock. He will make rivers flow in the desert and He will make way in the wilderness where there is no way.

See, I believe like that. My belief is beyond what the devil believes. My faith goes beyond where the devil stops. I believe that God who split the Jordan River so that the waters were stacked up and miles away like a wall, will do the same thing for me. I believe that God who brought down the walls of Jericho so that people could cross over will break down every wall that is trying to stop me from achieving what God has intended for me. I believe that God will do it for me. I believe in a personal God. I believe in a good God. I believe in a powerful God. I believe in a God who’ll use His power for my sake. But most importantly, I believe in a God that is revealed by Jesus Christ.

The Bible says in Hebrews 1:1, in various times God spoke to His prophets through various means, but finally He has spoken through His Son. Jesus Christ is the final revelation, there is nothing more after Jesus. He’s the final. You better get it now or you'll never get it hereafter. This is the final. Jesus has come to declare God to us. What has He declared? What has Jesus declared to us? The God that Jesus declared is an amazing God. Turn with me to Colossians and we'll just look at that for one minute and we'll close there. Colossians chapter 1 verse 15. Talking about Jesus it says, He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Christ, whatever Christ is, that's what God is. What you see in Christ, that's what God is. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

Heavy statement. This means that God is the Creator, through Jesus He created everything. This Jesus that we saw come into this world 2,000 years ago and lived here, is the Jesus who created everything in this world that you see. He is the sustainer. Verse 17 tells us that He is the sustainer of everything because it says, in Him all things consist. He is the goal, it says in verse 16 because verse 16 says, that all things were created through Him and for Him. He is the goal. He is the purpose for which everything is created. And finally, verse 19 and 20 tells us the most amazing statement. He ends this wonderful song-like passage here in verse 19 and 20 he says, for it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

When man sinned and plunged human kind into sin and the creation into sin, God chose to send His Son and through the blood of the cross restore myself, all of us, mankind, as well as all of creation back to Himself. That is the kind of God I believe in. I believe in the cross. I believe in the death of Jesus Christ. I believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe in the salvation, in the redemption, in the glorious restoration of all things. This is the God I believe, the God that is revealed through Jesus Christ. So, I believe that God is. He that comes to God must believe that He is. Do you believe that He is? Do you believe like this? When it says you must believe that He is, it means all this.

And then you must believe that He's a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. How many of you diligently seek Him? You know there's a reward coming? Enoch says in his preaching, he warned the wicked people that their reward is coming. Their judgment is coming. The wicked are going to get their reward. If the wicked are going to get their reward, how much more God's children are going to get their reward. They're going to get their punishment, we are going to get our reward for all eternity to come. God is going to bless us, bless us more and more. And that is our destiny. Amen? That is the thing that Enoch believed. And that's why God was pleased with him. That's why he completely disappeared one day, just went to be with God. And I'll tell you, watch out one day we’ll be gone. If you keep believing like this, if you keep living like that, if you keep believing that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him, one day we're going to walk out of this life and into a life with Him in the heavens in His very presence, and live with Him forever, and receive our reward through all eternity.

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