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The Character and the Reward of Enoch.

The Character and the Reward of Enoch.

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And ENOCH walked with god ; and he was not, for god took him. Gen. 5 : 24.

And ENOCH walked with god ; and he was not, for god took him. Gen. 5 : 24.

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THE CHARACTER AND THE REWARD OF ENOCH. REV. WILLIAM BRADFORD HOMER And ENOCH walked with god ; and he was not, for god took him. Gen. 5 : 24. This precious relic of antediluvian history occurs in the midst of one of those genealogical tables so frequent in Jew-ish annals, and so useful in preserving our Saviour's line-age. It is remarkable for several reasons. It is the only record of religious character in the regular succession of the patriarchs down to the time of Noah. Enoch was the sev-enth from Adam. Of his great progenitor, subsequently to the fall, our account is extremely limited, presenting only the enumeration of his children and his years. Of the other pa-triarchs it is simply recorded that they lived, and that they died. Of Enoch, however, the historian attempts to draw a more full and accurate portrait. This portrait is interesting as it presents the spectacle of a good man, in the midst of a corrupt and degenerate age. The sacred history informs us, that the depravity of man was now fearfully increasing throughout the earth. The prevalent neglect of public wor-ship among the descendants of Cain, the pride that was en-gendered in their hearts by the skill of such artificers as Ju-bal and Tubal, and by the physical strength of the giants in those days, and more than all the great age to which they
33'2 ENOCH'S CHARACTER AXD REWARD. lived, putting far off the thought of death, and giving to indi-vidual sin a gigantic growth, were among the circumstances which contributed to this alarming spread of corruption. But amid them all, how delightful the thought, that there was one, who *^ faithful found amonor the faithless," maintained a friendship with God, and carried in his holy life the seeds of the hidden church. This notice of Enoch is also interestincr as it comprises a precious biography, with sublime concise-ness in a single sentence, and as it holds up so simply and so beautifully the pattern of a perfect life, and a glorious exit. I know of no name in ancient history more worthy of christian emulation than the name of Enoch. It outshines not only the glitter of earthly conquest and secular reno\\Ti, but it has a charm surpassing that of inspired story, where the venera-ble and the mighty and the gifted are the theme. It may be a peculiar fantasy of mine, but for myself, brethren, I would rather be Enoch in the solitary grandeur of patriarchal holi-ness, than David with princely crown, or Elijah with prophet's sword, or Isaiah with harp of majestic melody. There could not be a more soothing unction to my soul, than to have it come down from that dark, mysterious period, in sweet and simple record, '• He walked v/ith God — He was not, for God
took him." Our text presents the character of Enoch, and its recom-pense, each singular and striking in language and in fact. Let us consider the peculiar superiority of that life, and the nature and propriety of its reward. I. We will consider the character of Enoch, and attempt to develope the signilicance of the description '^ he walked with God.' First, This language implies that he maintained habitual communion with God. There is no reason to suppose that his communion was aided by any visible manifestations of his Almighty friend. Such peculiar intercourse between God and man was not un-exoch's character and reward. 333 common at that early period, but it seems to have been re-served for uncommon emergencies, and for the revelation of important promises or threatenings. It is hardly probable, that the piety of the early saints was dependent for its culture

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