Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"Enoch - Part 2"

"And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters." Genesis 5:22

Yesterday we talked about Enoch and that his name means "teacher'. We said that even though we don't know much about him, what we do know teaches us a lot. This morning I want to look at another lesson that we can learn from his life.

We know that Enoch walked with the Lord. According to the scriptures, he walked so closely to the Lord that one day while they were "walking" together, he just walked right on up into heaven- never seen on this earth again.

From this we learn that not only can we "walk" with God, but we can walk as closely as we desire. There are no limits or boundaries as to how close to God we can walk-- at least none that the Lord puts on us. If there are limitations, we placed them on the relationship we have with Him.

Think about this also. When did Enoch live? He lived in Old Testament times. He lived after Adam sinned, but before Jesus came to reconcile us back to the Father and give us access into His presence. If Enoch was allowed to have such a close intimate relationship with God during the time when they had to offer sacrifices, how much closer a relationship can we have because of grace and mercy which came through the eternal sacrifice that was paid by Jesus.

There is nothing that hinders us from walking as closely to God as we desire. Enoch walked with God before the way was made into His presence, before His throne of grace, through Jesus Christ. This morning, how closely are you walking with the Lord? If Jesus moved the wall of partition out of the way, what is keeping you from getting closer to Him? What boundaries and limitations have you set? He hasn't set any- He moved them out of the way through the cross.

Have a great day. How closely you walk with the Lord is determined by you. He taught us through Enoch that we could walk as closely to Him as we desire and then He moved everything out of the way through Jesus that would be a hindrance.

For further reading:
Hebrews 11:5
James 4:8
Ephesians 2:13-18; 3:12
2 Corinthians 5:19
1 Peter 3:18
Hebrews 7:26,27

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