Walking with God

WALKED WITH GOD

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God’s Word says, ‘When Enoch had lived 65 years he became the father of Methuselah. And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether Enoch lived 365 years, Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.’ (Gen 5:21-24) This chapter is the written account of Adam’s line. All the other people mentioned in this chapter are said to have lived and died but Enoch is said to have lived till age 65, walked with God for the next 300 years and then he was no more because God took him away.

The phrase, ‘walked with God’, which is used to highlight the summary of Enoch’s life, clearly shows that his lifestyle was different from ‘merely living’. What happens when a man walks with God? We read in Amos 3: 3, 7, ‘Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so? Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.’ God made Adam and Eve in His own image desiring to have fellowship with them. God walked in the garden in the cool of the day to spend time with them. Their disobedience caused them to lose the close fellowship they enjoyed with God as He had to drive them out of the garden. (Gen 3:8-24)

The reason for Enoch’s lifestyle being different is revealed in the letter of Jude, in which Jude warns the saints regarding the godless men who had secretly slipped in among them. Jude wrote, ‘Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone and convict all the ungodly of the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”(Jude 1:14 – 15)  So Enoch revealed to his generation the truth revealed to him by God about Christ’s second coming and His judgement. Even today this truth prevails as we eagerly wait for the Lord’s second coming. Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to his servants and which has been put together for us in His Word, The Holy Bible.

Luke’s Gospel describes that as Cleopas and his companion walked from Jerusalem to Emmaus discussing the events that had just happened in Jerusalem, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognising him. As the three of them walked together they continued with the discussion about Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and some reports that morning of His being alive.  So beginning from Moses to all the Prophets, Jesus explained to the confused companions what was said in the Scriptures concerning himself. As they approached Emmaus, Jesus acted as if he were going further, but stayed with them when they urged him to stay.

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and gave it to them- then their eyes were opened, they recognised him and he disappeared from their sight. They realised why their hearts had burned within them as the Lord talked with them on the road and opened the Scriptures to them. They had walked and talked with the Risen Christ! They realised that the Scripture had been fulfilled as Christ had risen indeed! They got up and returned back to Jerusalem to share this news with the other disciples! (Luke 24:13-35)

When Jesus ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father, He did not leave us as orphans to continue the work that He started. The Holy Spirit was sent to be our Counsellor. Jesus said that He is with us to the very end of the age. All the people who walked with God had revelations that blessed them and others. If we desire to walk with God, we have to agree with Him, accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, take His yoke upon us and learn from Him- for He is humble and gentle in heart. He says that His yoke is easy, his burden is light and we will find rest for our souls-our mind, will and emotions. As we abide in Him and His words abide in us, He will open the Scriptures for us to be His servants in our generation.

God bless you.

Binu Varghese

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