Methuselah lived 969
After flood lived shorter lives.We have brought more sin into us and magnified the ways that we live in sin. We have corrupted not only ourselves, but our environment and air and food. We have engineered and modified things for our comfort, without knowledge of all of the impacts of those changes. Gen 6:4 = God Said
My Daily Journal:
I’m old enough to remember making mix tapes on cassette. With analog music each recording was a copy of a copy. Each copy added my noise and hiss and pops. A scratch or stretch on the media was passed through to the next copy.
In the same way, Seth was a copy of Adam, but Enosh was a copy of Seth and Kenan was a copy of Enosh.
But when Christ came to this word he was like a a digitally remastered man. He came from the original without the noise, without the sin.
Our lineage as mankind takes us farther from God, but when we turn our lives over to Christ, through faith, we too are transformed to be copies of Him.
Enoch walked with God (gen 5:22, 24); Enoch pleased God (Heb 11:5); Enoch made faith in God the basis of his life (Heb 11:5-6); Enoch talked to others about the Lord’s command and warned them that God would judge the ungodly (Jude 14-15)
He didn’t : Hebrews 11:5 “Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death”
All who believe will be lifted up and transformed, will not die (1 Cor 15:51 and 1 Thes 4:17)
If alive, not die; Caught up in the cloud with Jesus; meet Christ F2F; New body; physically and spiritually with the Lord forever
New body – so much of my time and energy is spent on this shell, I’m looking forward to trading up!
My Daily Journal:
Death is not inevitable. Our existence is so much more than a fatalist “we live and then we die.” We are ultimately not bound by laws of nature or time. We are not constrained by our ancestry or the actions of our fathers. But what truly makes a difference and what truly last are the choices we make.
It is not that all of those things don’t impact and influence us, they do. But our choice of how we relate to God transcends that and enables us to unite with the divine.
Enoch chose to walk with God for eternity.
And then he died, 5:5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 27, 31
- The only way to eternal life is to be born again in the spirit
- If you do not believe in Jesus, you will “die in your sins”
- Death has reigned ever since the time of Adam
- Wages of sin is death
All of mankind is made in Adam’s likeness. Because Adam became imperfect, we are copies of that imperfection. Because Adam sinned, we are all sinners. The likeness of God in every person has been corrupted by original sin
Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. Noah: “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.”
I can do that. Enoch didn’t have some special power or calling. He didn’t have some extraordinary gift or blessing. He walked. I walk. He walked with God. I can do that.
My Daily Journal
One thing I love about the people in the bible is how ordinary they are. They sin. They make mistakes. They live and die. They are like me. But they also serve as examples for me. I can do what Enosh did and call on the name of the Lord. I can do with Enoch did and walk with God every day. I don’t have to build an ark (jumping ahead), I can just walk. It doesn’t take a leap of faith to begin, just a single step.
Began to call on the name of the Lord
Pray daily and in many settings. Lead prayer and worship with my family and with others. Use God’s name throughout my speech in a positive and praising fashion
Extol at all times, praise always on lips, glory in the Lord letting others hear, done with others (exalt together), seek and He answers, delivers from all fears, look on him and become radiant, not covered with shame, poor man called and Lord heard, saved out of troubles, angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and he delivers
Look on him and become radiant not covered in shame. We are shameful people. As a christian I am even more aware of my sin and shame. But when I look on the Lord, then others see him and not me.
My Daily Journal:
I liked the discussion of daily habits. I was reading an book this week that pointed out that it is very rare that we, as humans, have the ability to just “let go” of something. Instead we are much more successful at grabbing a hold of something else. With that in mind, it makes me think less of what do I need to quit or remove from my life and more in terms of what new habits I need to form which will replace the bad.
Doing my study daily is a challenge for me (obviously), but that is in part because I haven’t made it a habit. I don’t have a trigger at which point I do it (like brushing my teeth when I first get up). I haven’t set a time of day or place. When I quit smoking I reached out for something else to do with my hands and my mouth. In my daytime hours I need to substitute other things to do with my mind and my lips. I need to remove the time thinking about me and substitute it with thoughts about what God wants me to do. I need to remove the words that give my credit and substitute it with words that praise God.
That can be true of so much of our walk with God. We try to cram it in to an already packed schedule instead of finding a better balance and order by reaching for it instead.