Chouteau Hills Church of Christ
Methuselah has the distinction of living longer than any other person on earth. Genesis 5:27 says, “So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died.” It is hard to imagine anyone living that long, but I want to direct your attention to Methuselah’s father, Enoch.
We read in Genesis 5:21-23, “Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.”
Although the Bible gives us very few facts about the life of Enoch, he was certainly one of the most outstanding men to ever live on this earth. He walked with God three hundred years! That made him so special that Genesis 5:24 says, “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not for God took him.” One moment he was here on the earth, and the next moment he was gone.
It is interesting that although Methuselah lived longer than any other person, he saw death before his father did. Hebrews 11:5 tells us, “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, and was not found, because God had taken him; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”
Enoch pleased God because he walked with Him. The Bible tells us two times that Enoch walked with God. What does that mean? Walking with God means to live the way God instructs us to live. Over and over again, God tells His people to keep His commandments and to walk in His ways. Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all.” In other words, nothing is more important than this.
Enoch recognized the importance of believing and obeying God. God’s ways and thoughts are not the same as those of man (Isaiah 55:8-9). The prophet Jeremiah said that man is incapable of directing his own steps (Jeremiah 10:23). We must obey God’s way, rather than what we think is right. Solomon warns us in Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
The apostle Paul tells us that we are to walk by faith, rather than by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Walking by faith means doing what God says, since faith comes by hearing God’s word (Romans 10:17). Faith in God leads us to do God’s will rather than our own. Faith causes us to trust God and follow Him rather than following mankind.
To walk with God is to walk according to the will of God as revealed in the Bible. It is to walk in love, following the example of Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 12:26, “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”
Our walk, or the way we live, is to be worthy of the Lord and of God who calls us into His kingdom and glory. God created us to walk in good works. 2 John 1:6 tells us, “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments.” That, or course, is the same as walking in the truth, because God’s word is truth (John 17:17).
Walking with God will please God. It will also bring joy to God’s people. The fourth verse of 3 John says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” Walking in truth is the same as walking with God. Doing so will bless the lives of everyone around us. But most importantly, it will prepare us for a home with God in heaven and will help lead others there as well. If we will walk with God while we are living on this earth, one day He will take us home to live eternally with Him in heaven.