“And Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God”
WHO WAS ENOCH?
There isn’t much written about this man in Scripture. But I did find a “lost book” for reference; I almost felt like Indiana Jones looking for the lost artifact in the movies.
In fact, the book is referenced in the Bible in two places:
“And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the nation took vengeance upon their enemies. Is not this written in the Book of Jasher?” (Joshua 10:13).
“Behold, it is written in the Book of Jasher” (2 Samuel 1:18).
The Book of Jasher
The first translation of a Hebrew book in 1613 was called “Sepir Ha Yasher”; The Book of the Upright. Later, in 1750 it was translated as “The Book of Jasher“. You can download the entire book from the internet. I will get back to The Book of Jasher a little later in this blog.
Moving with God
“Feelings change, but walking with God takes faith. It takes commitment. And it takes consistency“. Keeping this thought in mind…
“And Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God; and he was not” (Genesis 5:24 AMP).
What an Epitaph for a man to put on his grave marker or headstone. Enoch was not WHAT???
When you turn on the television anymore, it seems like the latest Hollywood divorce made the headlines–again! There seems to be the understanding of commitment or feelings in the relationship wasn’t what it seemed to be in the beginning. Our relationship with God at times, can be with passion, excitement in being a Christian and feeling great joy. And there are times that I don’t feel it. But I can’t say, “That’s it. I’m not going to follow Jesus anymore. It’s just too hard to please God.”
The Bible doesn’t say, “The just shall live by feelings,” rather it says “The man who through faith is just and upright shall live and shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17 AMP).
FEELINGS change, while walking and moving with God takes FAITH; it takes COMMITMENT, and it takes CONSISTENCY.
WALKING with ENOCH AND LEARNING HIS SECRETS (Genesis 5:21-24)
Enoch lived during a unique time in human history as I believe we are living in unique times. Enoch is a prototype of the last-days believer; how we are to live and move in the Son-light; waiting on the Lord to return and translate us; remove us from this earth; taking us home (Genesis 5:24).
There are questions that arise:
— What set Enoch apart in his world?
— How was he able to live a godly life in an ungodly world with sexual perversion and uncontrolled violence all around him?
3 Important Principles:
Principal One: “Enoch walked with God”
Walking with God in the Christian life is used throughout Scripture. But what does it mean to “walk with God”? Is it really possible?
Walking or moving with God is not merely living by rules and regulations. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore because I wind up breaking them later. It’s much more than that!
The prophet Amos reveals an important truth; about what it means to walk with God:
“Do two walk together except they make an appointment and have agreed?” (Amos 3:3).
The word “together” gives the idea of two people moving in rhythm. Like riding a tandem bicycle. It is NOT getting God in rhythm with us but it is getting in rhythm with Him. That’s what it means to walk with God; getting in a rhythm.
Principle Two: Enoch was well-pleasing to God.
“And the soul of Enoch wrapped us in the instruction of the Lord, in knowledge and in understanding; and he wisely retired from the sons of men, and secreted himself from them for many days” ~ The Book of Jasher 3:2.
“Because of faith Enoch was caught up and transferred to heaven, so that he did not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found, because God had translated him. For even before he was taken to heaven, he received testimony [still on record] that he had pleased and been satisfactory to God” (Hebrews 11:5 Amp).
In Genesis 5:21-24, the Amplified Bible says that Enoch walked in habitual fellowship. God knows our weaknesses and shortcomings better than anyone else. God is not as hard to please as we might think. So how do we please God?
“For even this is thank worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable [AMP says, well-pleasing] with God” (1 Peter 2:19-20 KJV).
That is “conscience toward God” and not conscientiousness in an ordinary sense. But in the conscious sense, it is ones relationship to God. Verse 19 should remind us, conscience toward God comes from a pure desire of pleasing Him. That my friends is what God is seeking in our lives. A PURE HEART!
Principle Three: “Enoch was a witness for God”
By now, we know that Enoch moved and walked with God. We know that he was well-pleasing to God; as Enoch walked, as he pleased God. And Enoch had a testimony and a witness.
I have been told before by well-meaning evangelistic minded Christians, that Christians should go out witnessing more. The statement would be better put to us by saying, “Witness as you go.” Every Christian has a testimony as Enoch did. People were watching Enoch as he walked with God and people are watching us in our walk. They are observing us.
In the Book of Jasher, Chapter 3, verse 3, it says that Enoch spent many years serving the Lord; praying before Him in his house. Then the Angel of the Lord, which I believe was the pre-incarnate Christ, called to Enoch from heaven. The “Angel of the Lord” is the visible Lord God of the Old Testament, as Jesus Christ is in the New Testament.
 “And he said, Rise, go forth from this house where you are hiding, appear before the sons of man and teach them the way they should go, the work they must accomplish to enter the ways of the Lord”
 “And Enoch rose up according to the word of the Lord” (Jasher 3:4-5).
We get to comfortable in our Christian settings; the church, the Bible studies, even our own prayer closets. If we are going to walk with God we need to show some MOVEMENT and not just stand there debating about how we are going forth, eventually. I’m not talking just to you, I’m talking to myself as well.
Enoch left his house, his place of comfort and protection and went to the sons of men; taught them the ways of the Lord, assembled them, acquainted them with the instruction of the Lord. Enoch witnessed as he went, as he moved, as he walked with God. I find myself too comfortable and …well, a bit lazy in my exercise of walking and moving into the ‘Sonlight’. How about you? Feeling a bit lethargic spiritually? If your answer is YES, then you need to get “walking”.
Different Ideas of How to Please
Do you find yourself wanting to please those who are around you? Most of the time I find myself wanting to please others for my own selfishness. I want to be recognized, be praised, etc. We all do. We do deeds; we volunteer for a task to get recognized, to be publicly praised by the Church Pastor or Elders or Deacons or other believers.
Let me give you some Biblical ideas that please God, rather than what you think pleases God:
— DOING DEEDS! “No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God” (Romans 4:20 AMP).
— PUBLIC PRAISE! “These people draw near Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts hold off and are far away from Me” (Matthew 15:8).
— FALTERING FAITH!  “So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead)” (James 2:17-26).
— RELIGIOUS RITUALS! “If anyone thinks himself to be religious (piously observant of the external duties of faith) and does not bridle his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person’s religious service is worthless (futile, barren). External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world” (James 1:26-27 AMP).
Enoch was not controlled by the world (Jude 14-16). The life of this man Enoch was that of a ‘preacher-man.’ He was a man who was separated to the task of getting out God’s message. Not many of us are committed to that task, proclaiming the message of God. What might the reasons be?
1. Unpopular to the ungodly (Jude 14-15).
2. Loss of loved ones (Jude 16).
3. Jotting of Judgement (Jude 14).
Those particular reasons come from FEAR! FEAR doesn’t come from God. You need to be moving into the Son Light!
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning FEAR), but [He has given us a spirit] of POWER and of LOVE and of CALM and WELL-BALANCED MIND and DISCIPLINE and SELF-CONTROL” (2 Timothy 1:7 AMP).
In God’s perfect timing, we too will be as Enoch:
“Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God; and he was not, for God took him [home with Him]” (Genesis 5:24 AMP).