By faith Enoch

Hebrews 11.5a

By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. Hebrews 11:5

I have always loved the story of Enoch, a man who so walked with God that the Lord just took him out of this world. Genesis 5:21-24 tells his story:

21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 26 After he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.

The Hebrew name for Enoch is Chanokh which means “dedicated.” We all know that in the Old Testament days a name had meaning for one’s life. I am led to believe that Enoch’s name is our first indicator of his walk with God. Enoch’s life was dedicated to God and he walked faithfully with God.

Now, this would not mean that he lived life as one who never committed sin for we know that would only be Jesus. The verse tells me that Enoch was man who knew how to live in communion with God. A man who knew how to ask forgiveness, make sacrifice for sin (OT requirements), repent, and spend time at the altar.

The Scriptures tell us that Enoch was a father of at least 5 children (note the “s” on the words son and daughter) so he must have had a wife and a busy life. Yet he was a man who was without excuses, was faithful and dedicated to God! Enoch’s life pleased God and one day he was no more, couldn’t be found, disappeared! He was not lost for God took him and commended one who pleased God. 

We are also privileged to know of Enoch’s son, Methuselah. The Scriptures tell us that Enoch was 65 years old when he became father of a baby boy, Methuselah. Methuselah’s name comes from two Hebrews words: muth means “death” and shalach which means to bring, to send forth. Methuselah’s name means to bring forth death, in other words judgment. It is interesting to note that Enoch was Methuselah’s father and God was sending a prophetic message of impending judgment in Enoch’s day through his son’s name.

So we are able to take note that at the time of Enoch’s dedicated, faithful, and pleasing walk with God things were not too pretty on the earth. So much so that God used Methuselah’s birth and life to warn of impending judgment. Methuselah lived 969 years…that would be 969 years of grace, mercy, opportunities to repent and turn back to God. When Methuselah died, the flood came.

Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. 13 And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Genesis 6:11-14.

I know, I know, I know…this is longer than you want to read but I’m trying to lay the background for a couple of meditative questions for you and for me.

  1.  I note that Scripture specifically states, After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years.” SSSSssssoooo Enoch lived 65 years before his faithful walk. At the age of 65, Enoch experienced a heart change that caused his walk with God to become faithful, that caused him to live according to his name – “dedicated” to God. Was it the prophetic warning of his son’s name, Methuselah? Was it the birth of a child and the responsibility to raise him in the fear and admonition of the Lord? Was it that the culture at the time revealed the need for a personal and intimate relationship with God that would be a witness to his children? We don’t know but I do know that the Genesis 6 verses sound very similar to the times of today. The question is what does your life, my life tell our children and present generation about God and culture? Does our walk with God display the self-focused, self-indulgence, self-exalting, selfishness of this present culture or display the beautiful, wonderful, magnificent attributes and character of God? The God worthy of our love, dedication, and sacrifice!
  2. The Scriptures above give testimony of Enoch and Methuselah’s lives. When all here is said and done, what testimony will we leave behind…that we walked faithfully with God? Pleasing to God? Though our lives were not perfect, when we were convicted of sin that we were in a hurry to repent? Will our very lives give testimony to the judgement to come?
    • But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
Hebrews 11:5b

O Father, How we praise, honor, and bless Your Holy Name! Wash us by Your Spirit and Word that You would commend us as one who pleases You!
In Jesus Name, Amen!

Hebrews 11.5b

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By faith we understand…

Hebrews 11.3

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews 11:3

It is one of those read it slow verses…pause for a moment…make sure you read it correctly…took it in correctly and then..shout now, Hallelujah! There is no way a person can understand this verse, believe this verse, and not shout, Hallelujah!

My, my, my…the bullet points:

  • by faith WE understand…who is WE? The writer and every true believer.
  • the physical universe was formed at God’s command
  • we see this physical universe with our physical eyes (“what is seen”)
  • “what is seen (the physical universe)” was not made by anyone or anything that is seen nor is it sustained by anyone or anything we can see
  • God commanded the universe to come forth and it was
  • God created the entire universe out of nothing. He called it to be by His Word, by His own power
  • God didn’t use anything that we can see, touch, or feel. He spoke and there it was!
  • This one True and Living God is so worthy of worship, praise, honor, devotion! The God who so loves that He gave His only begotten Son that we might have personal, intimate relationship with Him.
  • There is no reason to look at the universe and worship the created when we can worship the Creator!

How Great is our God? There is Nobody Greater!!!

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He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:15-17

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:3

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

And God said… and God said… and God said… and God said… Genesis 1.

By faith, we understand…to the glory of God!

Psalm 33.6

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Hope for today: Blessed are…

Hope And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:1-11

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Hebrews 11 – Faith

Hebrews 11.1b

Blessings today…today we read the sweeter than honey, more precious than silver or gold, Word!

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.

23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.

31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.

39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Hebrews 11.6a

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Hope for today:

HopeThe end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

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Hope for today: walk in His ways

HopeBlessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways!  You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. Psalm 128:1-2

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Hope for today: the grace of God has appeared

Hope11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:11-14

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Hope for today: God rescues me

Hope16 As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old, who does not change—He will hear them and humble them,
because they have no fear of God. Psalm 55:16-19

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Therefore, since…let us (3)

Hebrews 10.24

19 THEREFORE, brothers and sisters, SINCE we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God. …24 And LET US consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Today, we see the final great encouragement from Hebrews 10:19-25. We discussed drawing near to God on Monday, Therefore, since…let us and holding unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful on yesterday.

SSSsssssooooo yesterday’s post was a bit long…you have read it before, the Word will stand all by itself…I am a bullet point queen. SSSsssssooooo today, you get your time back because I really believe we understand these verses so I’m going to bullet point them and pray that you will ponder your personal application…how are you doing?

And LET US (you and me):

  • consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds
  • not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing
  • encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ
  • encourage them all the more as you see the Day approachingSelah

Let’s pray:

I will extol You, my God and King, and bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You and praise Your name forever and ever. Psalm 145:1-2
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24
Show me Your ways, Lord, teach me Your paths.
Guide me in Your truth and teach me,
for You are God my Savior,
and my hope is in You all day long. Psalm 25:4-5
Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in Your ways.
Psalm 119:37
For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth. Psalm 47:4
In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

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Wisdom Wednesday

Psalm 31.24

Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday and today as God encourages and strengthens us in The Word, we will visit with Elisabeth Elliot once again. May you be encouraged this day to run on in the Name of Jesus! Please leave comments as directed by the Lord!

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The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

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Truly my soul finds rest in God;
    my salvation comes from Him.
Truly He is my rock and my salvation;
    He is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Psalm 62:1-2Elisabeth Elliot 2

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

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When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you. Isaiah 43:2

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God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah Psalm 46:1-3Elisabeth Elliot 9

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 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. Psalm 14:27Elisabeth Elliot 11

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked advance against me to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. Psalm 27:1-3

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Isaiah 41.10

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