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Pastor Brant Seacrist

MARCH 15, 2019

TEXT: GENESIS 5: 18-24

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SUBJ: The faith and legacy of Enoch along with the New Testament identity with the message he preached and prophesied.

AIM: That we might embrace original and longstanding truth in connection with our unchanging Lord and Savior.

INTR: As we read this chapter we will find it difficult to conceive of the ages of these that are named and also to understand the implications of overlapping ages.
1. These are named as the Godly line but the population expanded at a tremendous rate.
2. Ancient uninspired writing endeavors to supply much that is missing and even the matter of Enoch may have been preserved in this way.
3. The combination of the historical record and the New Testament comment, both inspired of God fills in much that may not have been known.

Thesis: The Gospel is the Gospel in whatever era it appears and has always pointed to redemption of a fallen race by the grace of God through the Seed of the Woman — Christ Jesus our Lord.

I. The History of Enoch
a. We can understand from counting that he was the seventh from Adam and we note that Adam was still alive when Enoch was living and even when he was translated.
b. His name means dedicated or taught and gives us an indication of the faith of his father.
c. The assumption here is that each of these was the first child, but that is no necessarily indicated.
d. What distinguished this man was his walk with God.
i. We would note that a walk is more than a stroll
ii. The indication is of a life of union and communion with God.
iii. The thought is repeated.
e. It was said of Noah that he walked with God and found grace but
f. Only of Enoch was it said that “He was not; for God took him.”

II. The Faith of Enoch — "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." Hebrews 11:5.
a. It is here that we receive the inspired confirmation that Enoch was translated and not that he merely disappeared or died under unknown circumstances like Moses.
b. Something special seems to be indicated in that Hebrews 11:6 follows the mention of the faith of Enoch.
c. All faith in every age addresses there being and existence of God and the need of redemption.
i. We cannot help but remember that eye-witnesses to the promise were still living.
ii. As such he would have known of the faith of Abel and that of Eve.
d. He would have engaged in the true worship of God
e. His faith would have had to been manifested against apostasy or at least the approach of it.
f. God was pleased with him and we know that true faith is required.

III. The Message of Enoch — “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment 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.” Jude 14-15
a. Again, we learn here of the activities of Enoch as a prophet and we may safely assume that he preached the Gospels as did all other prophets.
b. Another of those things perhaps passed down, but confirmed in an inspired form with Jude. It is truth indeed.
c. Consider what Enoch preached (paraphrased from Henry Tucker):
i. He preached the second coming of Christ knowing that the first coming was for salvation and the second coming for judgment.
ii. The doctrine of judgment to come
iii. The resurrection of the dead.
iv. The stark distinction between the righteous and the wicked.
v. That vast numbers will be saved
vi. He bears testimony against ungodliness in all ages with appropriate action.
d. The Gospel has been preached wherever Godly men have been manifested and Enoch is a precious example.