Did you know that Methuselah’s father was a prophet? His name was Enoch, the 7th from Adam in the godly line of Seth. Enoch lived a long life compared to our modern average of 70-80 years. He lived 365 years. But that was relatively brief compared to his son Methuselah who set the record of 969 years! Genesis 5:21 says, “When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters.” But then he suddenly vanished without a trace.
Where did he go? I’ll get back to that in a moment. First, let me draw your attention to the inciting event that took place in his life 300 years before that eventually led to his disappearance. Prior to Methuselah’s birth, the Bible says nothing about Enoch’s relationship with God. But the moment he held that baby boy in his arms, something changed inside of him. That baby turned his daddy’s heart to God. For it was only “after he fathered Methuselah” that Enoch walked with God. Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, let the child you love do the same to your heart. For that’s why God gave him or her to you. Like Enoch, you may not have walked with God in the past, but you can let the spiritual well-being of the little one you love be a reason to walk with God every day you have left!
What could happen if you do? Enoch walked so closely with God that He made him a prophet at the age of 65, the first prophet mentioned in the Bible and the first to foresee the glorious coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I mentioned in my last post the warning of judgment found in his son’s name. Methuselah means, “When he dies, it will be sent.” Methuselah’s life was a prophetic clock by which the world could gauge the nearness of judgment, for just as Enoch said, God sent the Flood the very year Methuselah died, destroying every living thing on the face of the earth. Only his grandson Noah’s family repented at his preaching. But don’t think the danger has passed. For God gave also Enoch a glimpse into the judgment we face today. “Enoch, the 7th from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.’” (Jude 14-15)
Then, having preached his message of righteousness for 300 years, Enoch disappeared. Genesis 5:24 makes this cryptic statement, “Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” Thankfully, Hebrews 11:5 gives us this added explanation: “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him.” Enoch was one of two men in the Bible who were taken up into God’s presence without suffering death. (2 Kings 2:11 describes the other one.) I’d like that. Wouldn’t you? Why did God honor him in so great a way? The verse adds, “For before he was taken, he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” I take it, then, that to walk with God means to please God and that there is nothing more important in life than doing that.
So my question for you is: Are you walking with God and doing the things that bring Him pleasure? Please don’t think of great projects you can achieve and lay at His feet in sacrifice. Those things, often attained by the wrong means and with selfish motives, don’t please Him nearly as much as simple acts of kindness and prayers offered from pure hearts washed clean by the blood of Christ. “For He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)
By the way, the Bible says that, like Enoch, an entire generation of believers will one day be caught up into God’s presence without dying. (1 Thessalonians 4:17) How I pray that we will be that generation! But to enjoy that honor, what must be true of us today? We must continue walking with Him, “so that we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.” (1 John 2:28-29) But more about that in a future blog…