Saturday, 16 October 2010
Jesus Lives, And Walks With Me; Genesis 5
What a vast succession of years and ages, related in so few words!
Here is no less than the whole history of 1656 years, folded up in a chapter of 32 verses!
Oh! my soul, seriously consider the frailty and shortness of all human excellence. What doth the whole history of man contain more than this short history of the patriarchs, than that one man lived so many years, and he died! and another lived so many years, and he died!
Blessed Jesus! what a relief it is to my soul, amidst all the death of the world, that Thou livest and abidest for ever!
Are we not (in the view of Enoch, the dedicated one, walking with God amidst a crooked and perverse generation) led to contemplate Him who was holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners and made higher than the heavens?
He was, indeed, the only One who truly walked with God, being one with the Father from the beginning, over all, God blessed for ever.
How sweet are all the types of Jesus! But sweeter far He to whom all types, prophecies and sacrifices ministered?
Walk Thou with me, O Lord, and by Thy blessed Spirit, may I be enabled to walk with Thee until, like Enoch, I come to be translated from this region of shadows and ordinances, to serve Thee in Thy temple for evermore.
Let us not dismiss the view which the sacred historian here gives us of that highly favoured servant of the Most High God, until we have taken another look at his character.
"By faith (saith the Apostle) 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).
Gracious God, may it be my portion. Enable me, O Thou Holy and Eternal Spirit, so to walk with God, by a living faith on the person and righteousness of Jesus, as to please God, that having my conversation holy in this world, I may be truly happy in another.