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Class Notes

Class Notes

Pastor John J. Tatum

Message: A Walk that Pleases God

Text: Gen 5:21-24

21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: 22 and Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 23 and all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24 and Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Intro: Doctors say, that one of the fastest ways to get into shape is to start a walking regiment. There are many benefits when you start walking regularly,

1) You strengthen your heart, bones, and

2) it improves your brain function and improves your overall fitness.

Well,  just like walking is good naturally, spiritually walking with God is even better. And in order to reap spiritual benefits, we must be people that have a regular walking regiment with God.

Today we want to learn about the man named Enoch. His entire life after his conversion was spent walking with God.

Scripture declares twice that "Enoch walked with God" (Genesis 5:22, 24).

• Walking means forward movement, steady progress.

• Enoch did not walk a little and then stop or turn aside, backsliding.

• He was not fluctuating up and down.

• Enoch was genuine through and through;

• He was steadfast and persevering.

• He walked with God consistently, growing and growing more and more.

What does it mean "to walk with God"? Well, the life of Enoch shows us 5 things.

1. To "walk with God" means that Enoch had a conversion experience.

• Enoch was born to sinful parents in a sinful world just like everybody else.

• From all indications Enoch had been living a sinful, wicked life, running around with the ungodly crowd of his day.

• But something happened in his life that changed him, that caused him to confess and repent of his sin

• Something happened that stirred him to begin to live a life of self-control and self-denial. What was it?

• Scripture says this: "Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah" (Genesis 5:22).

• Scripture seems to be saying that it was after his son's was born he

began to walk with God.

• Apparently, the birth of his first son struck Enoch, struck him with a deep, intense sense of responsibility for the child.

• Enoch was convicted...

• of his sinful, ungodly life

• of his duty to provide a godly home for his son and

any other children who might come.

• of his duty to lead his son to trust and follow God

and to believe God's Word and promise to send the

Savior into the world.

Just Like Us:

• We ought to be convicted of our sin, and ungodliness

• we ought to be convicted, so that we will provide a godly home for our sons and daughter to live in

• we ought to be convicted so that we can lead our sons & daughter to trust and follow God

What did Enoch do when God convicted him of these things?

He did what anybody who has been convicted by the Holy Spirit does… Confess & Repent

• Enoch repented, changed his life, and turned back to God.

• He turned away from sin and began to live for God.

• He began to live a life of self-denial and self-control.

2. To "walk with God" means to believe God and to be diligent in seeking after God's promises. The passage in the book of Hebrews shows this:

By faith Enoch...pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:5-6).

Note what Enoch believed and what we must believe:

⇒ Enoch believed that God is,

• That He truly exists,

• That He is the only living and true God,

• The true Creator and Sustainer of the universe,

• The Lord and Master of life.

⇒ Enoch believed that

• God rewards those who diligently seek after Him.

3. To "walk with God" means to develop an unbroken communion and fellowship with God. The phrase means to walk about with God, to live with God, to have the most intimate fellowship and communion with God.

⇒ Enoch sought to keep his mind and thoughts upon God and upon the things that are true and profitable.

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" (Phil. 4:8).

⇒ Enoch sought to cast down every imagination and to captivate every thought for God.

"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5).

⇒ Enoch sought to keep his mind upon God.

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee" (Isaiah 26:3).

⇒ Enoch sought to pray always, to walk and live in a spirit of prayer, all day long.

"And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint" (Luke 18:1).

4. To "walk with God" means to live a holy and godly life, a life of separation, a life that is completely different from the sinful lives of others.

• It doesn’t mean you have to become a nun or a mock…but it does mean living a life of self-control

The whole idea is that:

 Enoch quit doing things that were sinful, wicked, evil, and ungodly.

 Enoch started doing thing that were pure, righteous, good, and godly.

5. To "walk with God" means to bear a strong witness and testimony for God.

"And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgement 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" (Jude 14-15).

He bears a strong witness and testimony for God! Thus he walked a walk that pleased God!

• The Scripture never command us to skip with God

• The Scriptures never command us to run with God

• The Scripture never command us to drive with God

• But the Scripture do command us to walk with God

1) Noah walked with God.

"Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God" (Genesis 6:9).

2) Abraham was required to walk before God.

"And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect" (Genesis 17:1).

3) We are all required to walk with God.

"He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (Micah 6:8).

4) We are to walk before God.

"I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living" (Psalm 116:9).

5) We are to walk after God.

"Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him" (Deut. 13:4).

6) We are to follow God and walk in love.

"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour" (Ephes. 5:1-2).

7) We are to walk in Christ.

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him" (Col. 2:6).

8) We are to walk by faith, not by sight.

"For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Cor. 5:7).

9) We are to walk in light.

"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" (1 John 1:7).

10) We are to walk in truth.

"For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth" (Psalm 26:3).

11) We are to walk in newness of life.

"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:4).

12) We are to walk in the Spirit.

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh" (Gal. 5:16).

13) We are to walk worthy of our calling and vocation.

"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called" (Ephes. 4:1).

14) We are to walk carefully.

"See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise" (Ephes. 5:15).

15) We are to pray for God to keep us from stumbling and falling that we may walk before Him.

“For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?" (Psalm 56:13).

16) We are to walk as Christ walked.

"He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked" (1 John 2:6).

17) We shall walk with Christ in heaven and be clothed in white (purity, perfection).

"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" (Rev. 3:4).

 

Note that Enoch had a large family of both sons and daughters (Genesis 5:22). A person can "walk with God"—have a close fellowship and communion with God—and be a strong minister and still be married.

Note what Scripture says: "He was not" (enennu) or "He was no more" (NIV) or "He was seen no more" (NEB). Scripture simply means that Enoch was translated—transferred from earth to heaven, to be with God. Enoch was transferred right into the presence of God without ever dying. The New Testament clearly tells us this:

"By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him [taken him up]: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God" (Hebrews 11:5).

Now, why did God translate Enoch so that he should not experience death?

Enoch had apparently gained an unbroken consciousness of God's presence, an unbroken fellowship and communion with God

Enoch's "walk with God" had become so intimate and intense,

⇒ and Enoch longed so much for face to face fellowship with God...

...that God just could not leave him upon earth any longer.

Thought 1. "He did not live like the rest, so he did not die like the rest" (Matthew Henry's Commentary,

God translated Enoch to be an encouragement to other believers, both in his ungodly day and ours. God proved His promise and power to give eternal life.

Enoch should stir us to press on, to believe God more strongly than ever before and to be stand fast.

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Cor.15;58)

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