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Lesson # Genesis 5:21-24
Study Material - Genesis 5:21-24
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
21 And 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 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
Cain had a son in his line who had a city named after him, but here we have Enoch in Seth's line, the line of Jesus Christ, who has special account mentioned of him. He is also referred to in Jude 14, when Enoch knew of the second advent of Christ when he would return with ten thousand of His saints, which is a reference to believers, not angels, and is a reference to a huge multitude of saints, not the exact number of 10,000, but tens of millions, or perhaps billions depending on how many believers have lived in this Church Age. Nevertheless, even Enoch new of this prophecy, and he was but seven generations away from Adam, living contemporarily with Adam.
But Adam died prior to Enoch's removal from earth. Look at the Generations diagram image on the Index page. Notice that the other patriarchs, five of them and however many thousands of people who were still alive, these all were still alive.
Now when Adam died there was probably some kind of shock among the people. Adam had been around for 930 years. They all knew him. He was a pillar in the world. They all learned from him. Now God took Adam away from them and there was a vacuum, an emptiness within. So God set up an example for all to witness, and that example was Enoch.
Enoch was a pillar as well. Just a young fellow, of a mere 365 years of age when he was taken, but he was apparently a very outspoken person as well. Otherwise we would not have had a reference to him in Jude, or even here in Genesis. He would have just been another listed name who begat a son and lived so many years and then died.
But now all eyes were on Adam and people may well have felt left alone. So God demonstrated to them that He, God, was still there. God gave them a miracle, never before heard of.
Death was not new. We have an example of Abel, and in the next chapter we will see reference to evil and violence. We have already seen the attitude of Lamech, the one from Cain's line, who said he would kill if even offended. So death was not new. Only that the loss of Adam had to have been the first great shock to believers in that time.
Enoch had many sons and daughters and then the name of Methuselah was born. The next in the line of Christ. Methuselah was with his dad for 300 years before Enoch was taken.
Then Enoch was no more. Elijah was taken up in a fiery chariot and was witnessed, perhaps Enoch was taken in a similar manner. Any time God performs a miracle, there are witnesses. From the parting of the sea, to the plagues, to the changing of water to wine. Some might be more dramatic than others like the creation of the universe witnessed by the angels, but there is always an audience.
The purpose of miracles is not to solve a problem nor to teach doctrine per se, but its intent is to get ones attention. Once God has your attention, then you are teachable and that is when learning begins or continues. You might have a Kansas tornado fly right over your head, and you survive. Now that would normally get ones attention.
Here Enoch was the miracle, rather his departure from this earth. We can speculate that there was a wavering of doubt when Adam died, and the miracle of Enoch was the catalyst that got people back on track. The Israelites had miracle after miracle. The ten plagues, the parting of the sea, the food from heaven, the meat from doves, the water from the rock, the walls of Jericho, and the list goes on and on. And they still had difficulty in believing in God.
This first few generations over a period of 1600 years had only one miracle recorded, and that was Enoch. It seemed to be sufficient. These were strong believers, mature believers. Believers who did not require the reinforcement of outside events to strengthen their faith.
Today people are weak. They get upset over little things. Everyday there are problems and people get easily discouraged. Their faith is weak. So evaluate your life and see if you are weak or strong. Daniel sat with the lions, could you. Would you blame your spouse. 'You caused this to happen to us!!' Or will you grow up and take life in this world as it comes each day, without blaming others for the difficulties. There is not a person on earth who doesn't have some kind of problem. Kids are left as orphans, people are disabled, people starve in every country on this earth. Debts are always a part of life. Things break. Plans go wrong. Life is not going to be perfect. So do not have unreasonable expectations from people or life in general. Once you get this down pat, then you will have the beginning of some orientation to life.
Bible doctrine provides the foundation for this understanding. Enoch had it. His peers had it. Enoch walked with God. So too you will walk with God when you get some doctrine in your soul and some spiritual growth under your belt. Stay in fellowship. Learn the function of fellowship first and foremost, for it is the framework around which you are able to interact with Gods Word
You see there really is something to learn from this chapter.
Stay in the word. Isa 41:10.
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End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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