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Genesis 5:21-24

Walking with God

  • Matthew Dodd
  • Weekend Messages
  • August 1, 2015

Have you ever noticed that some people do the strangest things and somehow think it’s “Christian”? Yet, when you look at the Bible it becomes clear that what they’re doing isn’t biblicall! Why do I ask such a question? There’s a longing in my heart for something authentic and real. But what does “this” look like? Today, we’re going to look at a person who was called by the writer of Hebrews one “of whom the world was not worthy.” As we look at his life, I believe we will discover a picture of what it looks like to truly walk with God.

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Walking with God

Genesis 5:21-24 

Introduction

ILLUS – You might be in a Texas country church if…

1. Have you ever noticed that some people do the strangest things and somehow think it’s “Christian” or their “having church”? Yet, when you look at the Bible it becomes clear that what they’re doing isn’t Christian because it’s not biblical!

2. Why do I ask such a question? There’s a longing in my heart for something authentic and real. But what does “this” look like?

3. Today, we’re going to look at a person who was called by the writer of Hebrews one “of whom the world was not worthy.”

4. As we look at his life, I believe we will discover a picture of what it looks like to truly walk with God.

READ Genesis 5:21-24

Context – Genesis Review

1. When it comes to genealogies many skip right over them. Yet they are filled with wonderful treasures just waiting to be discovered.

2. In verse 1, we are taken back to Genesis 1 and 2 and the creation of Adam and Eve.

3. Then in verse 3, Adam’s son, Seth, is described as being made in the image of Adam.

4. But it’s not until we read verse 5 that we realize we have left the innocence of Genesis 1 and 2. For in verse 5, we are reminded of the Fall when we read the words “Adam died.”

5. Why was this recorded? Because God keeps His word!

a. Judgment: Death for disobedience

b. Hope: Preservation of the Seed promised in Gen. 3:15

6. In Genesis 5, there is a clear the pattern of life then death which is not broken until you come to verse 21, where we are told of a man who lived and did not die because he walked with God. His name was Enoch.

Transition – What is walking with God? Walking with God is…

I. Doing Life with God

A. Doing life with God is a choice

1. Enoch lived in a corrupt world

a. Murder and immorality were the norm

b. It was a world running towards judgment (One-track mind!)

Genesis 6:5-6, “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.”

2. But, it appears that something changed for Enoch 

around the time of his son’s birth

a. The first 65 years of his life he just walked…

b. After his son’s birth, Enoch walked with God 

3. Something stirred within Enoch

a. Maybe it was holding his son for the first time and realizing he was raising a son in a wicked world. He wanted to give him more than what this world had to offer.

b. Maybe it was talking with Adam, who would have been 687 years old at Methuselah’s birth… imagine their conversations! “Tell me again what life was like before the Fall...”

4. Enoch made a choice that changed his life forever…

a. Some choose to live for themselves

ILLUS – Two hikers were walking through the woods when they were suddenly confronted by a bear…

b. But Enoch chose to do life with the Lord

Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

B. Doing life with God is about relationship

1. Enoch walked with God

a. Phrase only used 3 times in the Bible

b. It was said of Enoch twice in four verses emphasizing the uniqueness of Enoch’s life

2. Walking with God means…

a. He was living a life reminiscent of life before the Fall, “walking in the cool of the day” 

b. Enoch invited God into his life… not just as Facebook friends, or Instagram followers; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Psalm 23 – The Lord is my shepherd…

3. Walking with God means complete devotion to God 

a. “Enoch” - means “dedicated, initiated”

b. Enoch dedicated himself to the highest honor offered to man, to walk with God!

Philippians 3:8, “More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ.”

c. It was a relationship that lasted for 300 years on this earth before it transitioned to heaven.

ILLUS – While pastoring in Dallas, Texas a dear brother continually reminded me that the Christian faith is about a relationship with God not man-made programs or the latest fade…

Romans 8:15, “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

1 John 3:1, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are.”

Transition – The Bible makes it clear that walking with God… 

II. Blesses the Heart of God

A. Faith in God pleases God

1. You can’t have a true relationship unless there is trust/faith/belief. A relationship will never go deeper than the level of trust one has in his or her heart.

a. After the Fall, man’s trust in God was broken because humanity believed the enemy’s lie…God isn’t trustworthy!

Genesis 3:4-5, “And the serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely shall not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

b. But going against the tide of public opinion, Enoch trusted God! So God told the world that He was pleased with Enoch!

Hebrews 11:5, “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before he was taken up he was pleasing to God.”

2. The bottom-line: Only faith pleases God

Hebrews 11:6, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”

a. It’s impossible to please God without faith

b. We must believe He is

c. We must believe that God rewards faith

d. What was Enoch’s reward?

i. No death, first to be raptured!

ii. God’s testimony, God was pleased!

iii. Knowing and living with Father God!

APPL – Now we are getting at the real purpose of life… to live with God and hear God say one day, “You did life right because we did life together!”

B. God wants to start walking with you

ILLUS – 95.5 days

1. The relationship was broken after the Fall

Genesis 3:8-9, “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’”

2. God has been reaching out ever since… 

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

3. God is asking us to open our hearts to Him

Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.”

Conclusion

Do you want to walk closer with God like Enoch did?

Do you want to bless God’s heart and someday hear Him say, “Well done my good and faithful servant”?

1 John 5:14-15, “And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”

 

Genesis 5:21-24    NASB

21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah. 22 Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters. 23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

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