Retracing Our Steps

From Genesis’  ”In the beginning…” to Revelation’s “Amen” God designed a plan to walk with those He created in His own image.

It began in the garden.

“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.” Gen. 3:8. Man marred his first opportunity but that did not stop God’s plan.Placeholder Image

Back in March I began a new series, “Walking With Jesus Through the Bible”. It’s time to retrace our steps and continue our walk. This week’s posts will take a brief look at Genesis through Joshua, before continuing our journey.

In Genesis, walking with God began in a garden. Enoch walked with God straight into heaven. Noah walked with Him into the ark. Abraham walked with God into a covenant, as did Isaac and Jacob.  In Deuteronomy 23: 14, God walked with Israel.

blog tabernacle“For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee: therefore shall thy camp be holy; that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.”

In Psalm 23, our Good Shepherd walks with us in the valley. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

He walks with us in the fire.

“And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake and said unto his counsellors. Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O, king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt: and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Dan. 3:23-25. Praise God and Hallelujah! Wouldn’t you have loved to see the king’s face!

He walks with us in patience on the path of understanding, even as He did with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

“And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them…And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:15, 27.

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Today He walks in the midst of His church. “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write: These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks…the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.” Rev. 2:1; 1:20c.

God’s plan began in the garden and continues throughout eternity as we walk with Him. “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment: and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” Rev. 3:4,5.

Whatever the trial or triumph, our Lord and Savior walks with us now and forever.  Praise God!


Retracing Our Steps:

Through Genesis, you can visit the following posts; A New Series; First Recorded Voice for God; Do you Believe the Unbelievable; Walking with Jesus in Genesis; How Do You Smell?”


Your Thoughts and Ideas:

Following is my tweaking for the series. Let me know what you think. And if you have any suggestions for titles for each day, I would certainly appreciate them.

Monday, Ask what you will about the highlighted book of the week.

Tuesday the Book in Review.

Wednesday, one character’s example

Thursday, sharing answers from Monday’s questions.

Friday, Jesus in the book of the week.

 

 

 

 

A Voice for God

“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.

blog Tigrisd7f3a107814e830887222215b93b5610Six 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.516

“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?