Enoch and Methuselah
Hebrews 11:5 “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”
Just seven generations from Adam, Enoch was a man who never died, but was translated to heaven. (It is a picture of our Rapture: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
He had evidently been tempted to walk with the rest of the world.
The people around him were turning more and more wicked:
Genesis 6:5 “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
The Hebrew for “every imagination” signifies not only thinking about these things but also the purposes and desires: there was the heart’s reaching out to them, and the will to do them.
The world in which Enoch lived was growing worse and worse; no one was thinking about what God had created them for: To walk with Him….not in a garden anymore, but in the labor of their days.
Even the knowledge of good and evil had deteriorated into just the knowledge of evil.
No one kept themselves from doing what he wanted. No matter who it hurt.
And Enoch considered having that way of life; till the Lord showed him the consequences of such rejection of God and the actions which come from it.
Not just for himself, but for the generations to come. For when he was going to have a son, whom he named Methuselah; something changed.
Jude 14-15 “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints,
To execute judgement upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
Enoch was going to have a son, and I believe the Lord gave Enoch the name for him: Methuselah.
Methuselah means “the man of the branch or shoot which dies.” It puts two Hebrew words together; and as Enoch heard this name he knew God’s plan.
All men from Adam had died: if you read Genesis 5, “and he died” is written many times. Generations of men had died, and Enoch’s son would die one day: but this child’s death would be different.
Methuselah’s death: the branch (just a shoot in infancy) would grow up and when he would die….so would the world of wicked men.
Enoch had a word from God concerning the judgement to come; and the reason for it.
The “ungodly deeds”. This means that they were “in Your face, God” rebellions. They knew God, but did not want to give Him the glory: so they became vain in their imaginations and their heart was darkened. (Romans 1:21)
And “the hard speeches” they spoke against God.
These “hard speeches” were words of rebellion, inciting others to forsake Him and begin to worship “nature”.
(Romans 1:22-23 “…changed the glory of…God into an image…made like man, birds, and beasts…”)
This shows how much sin corrupts and perverts; for this is what happened just a few generations from Adam’s first sin.
(Jesus also said that these actions would be prevalent in the end times, and He uses the example of a tender branch: Matthew 24:32-39)
So Enoch made a choice, for himself and the generation to come: he would prophesy God’s Word, and warn them of the judgement to come.
Perhaps some would repent.
And how would they know when it would come: Enoch’s son, Methuselah.
When Methuselah would die; as all men had, up to that point: then they would know the judgement was at hand.
(It is interesting to note, that Methuselah is the man who lived the longest of all recorded men.)
God gave those He created, many years to believe His Word and warning.
To turn away from foolishness and come back to God.
Because Methuselah lived nine hundred and sixty-nine years…..that is almost a millennium to repent.
2 Peter 3:8-9 “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but long-suffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Why does God send out His preachers to call all men everywhere to repent, and turn to God? Because He remembers His promise to His Son, Jesus Christ, who came to save all who will come to Him.
John 6:37 “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me, and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.”
If you will come, He will save you.
To walk with God is to make God’s Word our rule of action, and His glory our end.
And twice it is said here that Enoch walked with God.
Genesis 5:22,24 “Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”
For three hundred years Enoch warned his fellow men what God had told him.
For three hundred years Enoch sought to glorify God before the world that was becoming increasingly more wicked and violent.
(Genesis 6:11 “The earth also was corrupt before God; and the earth was filled with violence.”)
Then one day: Enoch “was not, for God took him”.
Nothing is said whether there were some who looked to kill him for his testimony: and “he was not, for God took him”.
Or whether, walking and talking along the way with God, when God manifested another sign to the perishing world:
Enoch did not die. “He was not, for God took him.”
God was showing all who would see, that those who believe and follow God, never really die.
Methuselah grew and had a son of his own; who had a son who he called Noah.
Methuselah saw the birth, and lived on as sign to all who would see it, of God’s extended mercy.
But there came a day when that mercy was no longer offered.
(We all know that Noah built an ark and saved the animals and his house, after preaching one hundred years to his fellow men. Hebrews 11:7, 2 Peter 2:5)
The year Methuselah died, the flood came.
It is sad, but true:
Ecclesiastes 8:11 “Because sentence against a evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”
God’s Word has come down to us through the centuries that He will be found of any who seek Him.
Isaiah 55:6-7 “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near:
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God for He will abundantly pardon.”
Jeremiah 29:12-13 “Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken to you.
And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.”
God has gone beyond this; for He has sent His Beloved Son to seek and to save all who will come unto Him.
Titus 2:11 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,”
Titus 3:3-6 “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior;”
Let us walk with God; waiting for the day of His coming.
Showing forth His glory and mercy to all those who will seek the Lord.