When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God...". (Genesis 5:21-22).
Walking with God
One of my favorite authors was a pastor and theologian who lived in the 1500s. John Calvin was one of the leaders of the Reformation and an amazing preacher. Preaching through Genesis he came 5:21-24. He noticed a sharp contrast between Enoch and the other men mentioned—and he also noticed how evil mankind had become. Commenting on this passage he wrote, “at this time lifestyles were wide-open. The license to do evil was so great and the scorn for God was such that it was a miracle that any remained constant in their desire to worship and honor him.”
It is no great mystery that human beings are evil. What is amazing is how any can become good. Sometimes we are bit sloppy when we use the word “good”. Usually we mean “compared to others, this person is pretty good”. The problem is that the Bible never compares us to others—it always compares us to God.
Enoch understood this. For 65 years Enoch lived as an evil man. Perhaps he was better than most, but he eventually came to understand that when compared to God he was truly evil in his heart. At the age of 65 Enoch repented and began “walking with God”. That is an expression of intimacy, connectedness, and close friendship. Faith in God—which is faith in Jesus Christ—involves our heart, soul, and mind. True faith results in a turning away from sin and a turning towards God.
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