Where Was Enoch Going During His Three-Hundred-Year Walk?
Have you ever wondered, as I have, why it took Enoch three hundred years’ worth of walking with God before he “Was Not”? Enoch lived a total of three hundred and sixty-five years. The Bible states that after his son was born, Enoch walked with God (age sixty-five). Thus, presumably it took all of sixty-five years of living to get into the condition where he would have to purge himself of that sixty-five years, over the next three hundred years, taking a long walk with God. The Bible says that “Enoch walked with God,” and he “Was Not,” because God had taken him out of the earthly realm to be with Elohim, in glory. Now we also know that God is a Spirit, though he took on flesh in order to become the Savior of the world, known as Jesus.
Thus, according to Scripture, Enoch lived for sixty-five years, having one son named Methuselah, whose name in Hebrew means a “man who was shot out, or thrown hard, like a dart toward a dartboard.” Enoch’s name means to be “initiated” or to be inducted into the “God-Club.” This induction is a result of his dedication and the faithfully unwavering way that he would come to follow God. So, Enoch was destined to face an “unusual storm” from birth.
The Bible seems to separate Enoch’s life into portions. For the first sixty-five years, the most significant reporting done on Enoch’s life was that he became the father of Methuselah, i.e., the father who threw the dart, Methuselah, into the world, as one might say. After he became a father, he presumably began a life of walking in close and intimate fellowship. If I proceed with one of the themes of this book, Enoch began to accept the unusual storms to follow.
We never find out why it took sixty-five years for Enoch to begin his journey, walking with God, in earnest. The Bible does not tell us. As I stated earlier, Enoch began walking with God after the birth of his son Methuselah. Thus, I propose that the balance of Enoch’s journey, walking with God, took the next three hundred years to complete. Prior to getting close with God, and embracing every storm and trial to such an extent that Enoch “forced” the hand of God, such that God had no choice other than to “disappear” him.
God had to take Enoch into the heavenly realm without seeing death, because he had walked such a great distance with God. Allowing his spirit man to take over to such an extent to the diminishment of his fleshly existence, that he did not see death. This was similar to some accounts of Moses based on his appearance with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration with Elijah.
No One Will Ever Know For Sure
However, there is a difference between walking with God, and walking as Enoch did: in close fellowship with God. God not only wants to have a relationship with each one of us as friends. He desires an intimate relationship with each one of us, similar to the one that he had with Enoch.
Now, in order to become as close to God as Enoch was, maybe it will take each of us three hundred years. But I do not believe that we have that long. During Enoch’s time, people lived, as did his son Methuselah, for nine hundred plus years at a time.
Enoch’s time on earth was cut short because of the depth of intimacy in his particular relationship with God. God wanted to use Enoch as an aspirational example for the rest of us. However, to get that close to God, we will be required to submit ourselves after accepting Christ as our Savior. And we will be required to make him the Lord of our entire life.
That means every time God chooses to break us out in boils, as he did with Job; take us on a windy sea and then go to sleep when the unusual storm arises, as occurred with the disciples; or have us encounter a situation where our own brothers plot to kill us (as happened with Joseph and his brothers), we have to “buck up,” dedicate ourself, and go with the flow. We have to know that God is just initiating us into the God-club, as he did with Enoch.
Maybe your trial will not be anywhere near as severe as all of that. That all depends on the call on your life. However, you cannot convince anyone who is in the middle of a trial that their specific storm is not the most boisterous, troublesome, and frightful storm that they have ever seen or experienced in their life. That occurs with godly intention, as well.
However, remember this, if nothing else: God only allowed Satan to test Job because he knew that, no matter how Job might ultimately question the logic and intelligence of God, as well as query his purpose for allowing such things to befall him, Job would never curse his name. God knew that Job would ultimately pass every test.
God desires intimate fellowship with all of us. He died so we might enter into that type of relationship with him. As a result of that intimate relationship, we might arrive at a place where we are not only prepared for his purpose, but where we are ready for complete and consistent submission to his perfect will.
Many Twists And Turns
Each of our individual Journey’s to “Was Not,” as I am calling it, will take many different twists and turns. We have to learn through submission, obedience, practice, patience, endurance, humility, and, yes, suffering, to trust God all the way. The journey will likely occur in stages, just as it did with Enoch. The first step will begin with us knowing that God is out there, and yet, not really knowing who he is.
Then, as we proceed, taking the succeeding steps in lockstep with God, hopefully we will learn much more about him. Prayerfully, we will have a steady series of true encounters that will continuously change our lives in such a way that we not only recognize him as Savior, but we submit ourselves to him as Lord of our entire being and existence. That second stage, where we begin to submit, is still only the beginning. Thus, one might say that Enoch started living at age sixty-five.
Each Person’s Journey to “Was Not” Will Differ Based On God’s Purpose And Calling
As I mentioned, our individual journey toward “Was Not” will be very different based on purpose and calling once we decide to humbly submit ourselves, as well as our lives, to the will of God. Once we do that, he begins the process of shaping and molding us into the person who can fulfill those callings and purposes. At the same time, he begins to simply, though at times, painstakingly, develop that intimate relationship with each of us as individuals just as he did with Enoch.
This process will occur in stages and via repeated trials. It takes a lot, as well as a long time, to develop intimacy with God. It also takes a long time to burn off your past habits and submit your free will to God’s sovereign will, as well as to his plan and purpose for our lives.
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