“And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image, and called his name Seth…And Jared lived and hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch.” Gen. 5:3,18.
Six generations from the Garden of Eden passed without record of God walking among men. Then in the beauty of the fertile crescent a son was born. His father called his name Enoch, meaning dedicated. His years on earth, in all likelihood, would be spent in the cradle of civilization, a civilization growing void of its Creator.
In the growing evil of mankind, Enoch walked with God to become God’s voice, first recorded prophet, declaring the Lord’s coming with judgement.
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.” Jude 14-16.
According to one chart the Lord executed judgement, in the form of a flood, upon this ungodly civilization between six and seven hundred years after this prophecy. God’s grace gave mankind time to repent and once again walk with Him. But they would not. I believe this could be a foreshadowing of what is yet to come to our ungodly civilization.
“For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and WILL RECOMPENSE EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.” Matt. 16:27.NASB
Again we see God’s grace. “But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2Pet. 3:8,9.
Not only did Enoch speak for God, he walked with God. “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not: for God took him.” Gen. 5:24. Enoch was salt and light to a culture that needed salvation and hope. God gave us Enoch’s example to follow.
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick: and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matt. 5:13-16.
And even as Enoch did not taste death, if your lamps are trimmed and burning when the Lord returns, neither will you.
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”1Thess. 4:16,17.
Walk with the Lord now, be His voice to a lost world and you will walk with Him through eternity voicing His praises.
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1John 1:5-7.
When do you find it hard to be God’s voice, His light in a dark world? How does walking with God overcome the challenges of being His voice and light?
An interesting thought with no definitive answer: In Revelation chapter 11 there are two witnesses, voices for God: Could they be Enoch and Elijah, the only two prophets who never tasted death? What do you think?