The Book of Hebrews #49 chapter 11:5-6
The Book of Hebrews
Enoch: The Walk of Faith
Hebrews 11:5-6
The design of this chapter, which is a listing of various heroes of the faith, is to convince the Jews to whom this letter is written, that faith is the only way to approach God.
He has reminded them of an ancient truth recorded by Habakkuk and that is, “The just shall by faith.”  And he is reinforcing that truth with examples from Jewish history.
The first is Abel, the son of Adam and Eve, who demonstrated that he would come to God by faith, not by works, by confessing his own sin and realizing that he was unworthy and needed a sacrifice before he could approach God. He took God at His word and He was justified by faith.
The second example is Enoch. If Abel tells us how you enter the life of faith, Enoch tells us how you live the life of faith, or how you walk by faith.
Now to get the story of Enoch, we need to go back to Genesis chapter 5. It is the “and he died” chapter. If you look down through the chapter, you see that it lists for us the descendants of Adam, the years they lived, and then closes their story by saying, “and he died”.
And as you’re reading along, it’s almost monotonous.  Until you hit verse 21.  And that’s where we intercept the story of a man named Enoch.
Note Genesis 5:21-24
And if you keep on reading, you go right back to the familiar phrase, “and he died” with all the others.  But that was not true of Enoch. Enoch did not die, and that’s what we see in Hebrews 11:5-6.
Instead, Enoch was taken and did not see death.  In fact, the indication is that Enoch’s faith life was so pleasing to God that God just took him to heaven without the expected requirement of death
In fact, we discover in Genesis 5:22, “Enoch walked with God.” Then it’s repeated in verse 24, “Enoch walked with God.” And we are told that he walked with God for 300 years.  That’s quite a testimony!  I know folks who can’t make it for a week!
Enoch walked with God for three hundred years and then, without the usual doorway of death, went to be with God.  That is a very insightful commentary because typically, we think of God in Old Testament terms, as being distant and legalistic and harsh.
But here we discover that spirituality, in the very earliest years, was a matter of walking with God. God was a companion. God was not a distant deity. Enoch was in daily, intimate communion with God.  He walked with God.
Or to put it another way, as we read in our text in Hebrews, he “pleased” God.  So to say that he walked with God is the same as to say he pleased God or we could say God was well-pleased with him.
And I will tell you that I love the fact that here we are in the earliest era of human history and it’s all about intimacy and personal fellowship and communion with God.  And that is exactly what salvation is all about.
The term “walk” is a very important concept. It’s talking about step-by-step fellowship, daily communion. In fact, it’s the way, in the early chapters of Scripture that we have someone identified as being right with God. And that’s what salvation means.
For instance, Noah walked with God and escaped judgment. Abraham walked with God and received blessing. Enoch walked with God and escaped death. He was given the privilege of being an illustration of what it means to walks with God and be rewarded with eternal life because of the that walk.
Now let’s look at our text in Hebrews chapter 11 and just kind of pick a few things out of here that will give us an insight into what it means to walk with God.
Lesson #1 - The only way to walk with God is by faith.
Verse 6
You can’t please God, you can’t be reconciled to God, you can’t walk with God, you will not enter into the glories of eternal life apart from faith. That is a statement that ought to be underlined in everybody’s mind, without faith it is impossible to please Him.
The only way to come to God is to believe. We’ve been given two illustrations so far, and both of them did that. Abel believed what God had said. Abel responded to the command that God had given for a proper sacrifice. Abel brought that sacrifice and thus exhibited his faith and thus entered the life of faith. And Enoch picks the story up and walked that walk of faith, continuing to put his trust in God.
Faith alone pleases God. Enoch believed God. Enoch put his trust in God as his savior and thus he was reconciled to God and received by God.
Now this subject is so important, the author of Hebrews breaks it down a little bit. What does it mean to put your faith in Him?
Well first, “He who comes to God must believe that He is.” (verse 6)
What do you mean by that? We must believe that He is Who He is.
That’s not just saying, “Oh I believe there’s a God. Oh I believe in God, I’m very spiritual.” But that HE is who HE is, the only true God. Not just any God will do. Not just some God will do. Not just the notion of God will do. That’s not sufficient. You must believe that He is the God whom He is.
And how do you know the God who is God? By virtue of His revelation. He has revealed Himself. Even this early in human history, in that first millennium of human history, God had revealed Himself again and again and again. People knew who He claimed to be and Enoch believed that.
It is not enough for anyone to believe in the concept of God, the idea of God, the notion of God, the reality of God. You must believe in the God who is God and for us, that even is further defined.
You must believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the one who is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. You must believe in the true and living God who has revealed Himself incarnate in Christ. That is why you can’t be saved apart from Jesus Christ because that’s an incomplete view of God.
The New Testament writers say He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. And that’s where the testimony, the witness, as verse 5 puts it, of Enoch’s reconciliation with God begins. He believed in the true God as He had revealed Himself...a God of holiness and righteousness, a God who hated sin, a God who required a sacrifice, death for sin, a God who had made it clear that men can’t earn their way in. He believed all of that. He believed God to be the God that God is.
And for us, that means you have to believe in the God who has given us the ultimate revelation of Himsel in Jesus Christ.
Remember how this book begins:  Hebrews 1:1-4
Now, you cannot come to God if you do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who is God in human flesh and whose deity was manifest and validated by the resurrection from the dead.
So t he first thing that marks Enoch is that he believed in the true God as He had revealed Himself.
Secondly, He believed that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
That is to say that He is the Redeemer, that He is the Savior. He believed that God rewards those who pursue Him. What critical truth that is.. He believed that God was a personal, forgiving, loving, gracious God who would provide salvation to those who sought Him. That’s what being a rewarder means.
Enoch knew that. He did not believe in some distant cosmic cause. He believed in a personal caring God who wanted to be reconciled to Him in a personal way, a loving God with whom he could fellowship and to whom he could be restored.  Enoch believed in the God who is God as He revealed Himself and he believed that that very God was a Savior of sinners who would come by faith and seek Him.
God rewards that kind of behavior, and He does so lavishly. His grace is piled upon more grace.  Jesus said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.”  He came to give abundant life.
Paul said to the Ephesians, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ.” He is a lavish rewarder of those who come on His terms. He grants forgiveness, He grants a new heart. He gives us the Holy Spirit, eternal life, blessing, mercy, grace, peace, joy, love, heaven, power over evil, it’s all there.
So the walk of faith begins with believing that God is who He is and that He is a personal Savior who will reward those who seek Him. He was pleased with Enoch, not because of his works, but because of his faith in who God is.
And in response to the forgiveness of sin and God rewarding His obedience,, we are told that Enoch walked with God.  Here it says that he was pleasing to God.
So let me take the few moments we have left to talk about what it means to walk with God.
First, it assumes
  • reconciliation
Walking together assumes you get along.  The indication here of God and Enoch walking together is reconciliation.  To put it in New Testament terms, we’re talking about salvation.
He’s been saved from his sin. He’s been given salvation. He walks with God and that implies that God is no longer his enemy, but his friend.
The second thing that comes to mind when you talk about walking with someone, it’s not only reconciliation, but
  • corresponding nature
What do I mean by that? A lot of people really get attached to their pets.  I’m not one of them.  To me, my dog is just a dog.  And to be honest, there is a huge gap between me and any dog.
And I’ll be honest, I’ve never had a meaningful conversation with a dog, much less a cat. I see people who are crazy over their animals, and when I say crazy, I mean really crazy. I don’t get it. I don’t have any corresponding nature with a dog. It just demands food and cleanup, that’s it. I have no communion with a dog.
Somebody says, “Oh, I talk with my dog.” No you don’t talk with your dog.  You may talk to your dog but I promise you, your dog has no clue what you’re saying and he’s not going to answer.  There is no corresponding nature.
But when I get saved, I am made to possess a spirit that I share in common with God and I not only am reconciled and brought near, but in that reconciliation God changes me on the inside so that I now have the ability to correspond with God.
That’s why a sinner can’t walk with God.  They have no common life. I can’t be pals with a goldfish, it’s impossible. There’s a difference in nature. It eliminates that possibility. But because of faith, God walks with me and He talks with me and he tells me I am His won and the joy we share as we tarry there is because we now have this corresponding nature.
Thirdly, walking with God not only presupposes reconciliation and a corresponding nature, but it also presupposes
  • moral fitness
God doesn’t just walk with anybody.  God is absolutely righteous and sinners are absolutely unrighteous or lawless.
And by the way, God never deviates out of the path of holiness. He doesn’t take a side trip over to you living in unholiness. God always stays on the path of holiness. In Him is light and no darkness at all. He never does evil. He’s too pure to look on evil.  He never deviates out of the way of holiness.
So I can’t imagine that a lawless person or an unrighteous person is going to walk with God unless there’s something dramatic that’s happened to change his moral character. So if we’re going to walk with God, something is going to have to change us on the inside.
And the only reason we can walk with God is because we’ve been justified and are seen as absolutely perfect in the sight of God.  Clean before the Lord I stand.  And because of the forgiveness of sin and the justification of my standing, I have the privilege of walking with God.
I think it also implies
  • a desire for fellowship
That underlines the significance of church attendance and participation. The writer of Hebrews has already reminded his hearers to not “forsake the assembling of yourselves together to stimulate one another to love and good works.”
Why would you come to church? Because it’s an obligation? No. Because you want to be in an environment where you’re going to be stimulated to love and good works because you know that if your life is characterized by obedience to the Lord, then you’re going to enjoy a sweet fellowship with Him.
The church is the one place on earth God designed to help you be encouraged to walk with Him.  I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be at odds with the Lord. I really want to get out of the place of discipline and into the place of blessing. Don’t you want to be there?
Enoch walked with God for 300 years. He was a believer for 300 years of his life. And the implication is he was walking in communion with God. Now that says something about the security of salvation, but even more than that I think it speaks of the desire of his heart.
You don’t just roll out of bed and end up pleasing God. It’s something you pursue. It’s a passion. It’s an intentional walk.  We’re told to walk in truth. We’re told to walk in honesty; walk in love; walk in light; walk in wisdom; walk in holiness; walk worthy of our calling.  This walk is sweet communion with God. And Enoch is an example of what it means to walk with God.
Now there’s one final thing I want to point out to you about Enoch and that is he was a preacher.
In Jude, he is writing about false teachers and false prophets, and notice what he says in
verse 14
He was a classic prophet! In one sentence he used “ungodly” four times.
And the message to his generation was “The Lord is coming and He’s coming with many thousands of His holy ones and He’s going to execute judgment and it’s going to fall on all the ungodly with all their ungodly deeds done in an ungodly way and all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”  He was a judgment preacher.
He preached judgment was coming. He never saw that judgment. He never saw the Flood. He certainly never would see the final judgment, but he knew it was coming and he preached it.
And it’s just an interesting thing to think about how he pictures New Testament believers. The judgment is coming but the New Testament believers will be caught up into the air before the judgment hits. He’s kind of an illustration of a pre-Tribulation Rapture and that’s going to be the experience of a generation of believers in the world just prior to the final holocaust of judgment when the Lord returns, He’ll catch up the believers from all over the world.
One of these days, the trumpet will sound, the dead in Christ will rise and then all the Enochs’s all those who are walking with God, will be lifted off the earth to meet the Lord in the air. They will disappear from the face of the earth. And then the judgment will come.
In a very real sense, he’s a model of the promise of heaven and even the promise of special deliverance from judgment. How important for us to see in him primarily the model of what it means to walk with God.
Let’s pray.
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