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BY REV. JOSEPH JOWETT, M.A.
Genesis v. 23, 2i,—And all the days of Enoch xoera
three hundred sixty and five years : and Enoch
walked with God: and he was not, for God took him.
In this chapter we hare the only recori) that re-
aiains of aioe generatioDS of men, Who lived between
Adam and oah. othing is told respecting them but
thek birth, their names, their ages, and their deaths.
At Enoch, however, the pen of the historian pauses
for a moment, ta t£ll of his holy character, and bis
Hogular end ; and io delightful is the account in a
real Christian's estimation, that St. Paul cannot pass
orer this brief memorial, without giTing to £aoch a
ipeoial place among those worthies, who through
faith " obtiuned a good report,"
The subject bas even now lost none of its interest,
although it refers to matters that occurred more than
five thousand years ago, Enoch's character is re-
•orded for our imitation : his knd, for our encourage-
Let us meditate on both : and may his God
d ours, teach us to [H'ofit thereby 1— Here ia,
Enoch's Cbaracteb. He « walked with Ood."
was not his original, or natural character.
It being specially informed, we should have
Uiat be too was born in sin, "a child of wrath,
others." > And this seems to be intimated
by the language of the two precedbg verses ;'
" Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methu-
selah: and Enoch walked with Ood, after he begat
Methuselah, three hundred years, and begat sons
and daughters.'* For sixty five years he merely
lived— lived to the world, and to the flesh. Then a
change took place. He began then to walk with
God ; and persevered in this blessed course, for the
remaining three hundred years of his life. — ow what
does this imply ? It implies,
1. Resemblance to God. — There must have been
some similarity of disposition between them, for such
an intimacy to be formed, and to last so long, between
the creature and his Creator. *' Can two walk to-
gether, except they be agreed ? " ^ Even a heathen can
tell us, that friendship can only exist, where there
are the same likings and dislikings.' ow Adam had
this resemblance to God naturally ; for '' in the image
of God made he man ; *' ^ but he lost it sinfully, and
then propagated his own corrupt nature — which was
all that Enoch inherited from Adam. Wherever,
therefore, this resemblance is restored, it is by a new
and heavenly birth: — Enoch, at sixty-five, was ** bom
again of the Spirit," * and became ** partaker of the
Divine nature."* So must you, if you would have
God your friend. There can be no *' walking with
God," till this change takes place. God desires it,
but you dislike it ; as Adam hid himself, the very
first time God came to walk with him after his fall.^
Have you experienced this change ? Are God and
you like-minded ? If not, it is you that must alter —
he cannot. Oh, then, ask of him his regenerating
Spirit; and never rest, till you begin truly to love
^ Amos iii. 3. ' Idem velle, atque idem nolle. Sail.
* Gen. i. 27. * John iii. 5. * 2 Peter i. 4. « Genesis iii. 8.
what he approves, and to hate whatever is dis-
pleasing to him. — Again, the character given of Enoch
2. Confidence in Ood. — A man must know his
companion, and. then he will be familiar with him. —
' And how could Enoch know God ? he had never
seen him — no man can ! ' o— but he had his word,
by which he was informed of his real character ; and,
knowing this information to be from God, he believed
it, trusted in it, acted on it. St. Paul tells us on
what his faith was fixed : ** He had this testimony,
•that he pleased God ; but without faith it is impossi-
ble to please him ; for he that cometh unto God
must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder
of tiiem that diligently seek him."i So then, the
existence of an .unseen God, his approachable and
gracious character, his fidelity, these were what
had been revealed to Enoch; and he credited the
Divine revelation, against all that sight and sense
might pretend, or Satan suggest. Oh that Adam
had exercised the same confidence ! This is how-
ever a vain wish; let me rather say — Oh that you
would thus act, and not ''make God a liar,"- by
believing the world and carnal reason, in opposition to
his sure word. You cannot ** walk with God" if you
will not trust him ; you can have no interest in his
salvation, if you will not heartily believe ** the record
which he has given of his Son." — This walking im-
3. Communion with God, — Friendship may indeed
exist without intercourse, where such intercourse is
impracticable ; yet the want of it will be felt as a
grievous misfortune, and it will generally extinguish
ordinary attachments. But, blessed be God for a
1 Heb.xj. 5, 6. * 1 3o\vivv.\Q.
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Mediatory throvgb whom we may ^* have access ¥rith
boldness," ' at all times^ and under all circumstances.
Enoch might not know so clearly as we, who this
Mediator is ; but he had all the benefit of the privilege,
God, as a reconciled God^ *' drew nigh" to him, an<i
he " drew nigh"* to God.— And this, not merely ii
public worship — if there was such a thing in tha
abandoned age ; not merely in his regular morning am
evening worship, in his family, and in his closet ; bu
constantly, hourly. The heart of him who walks wit!
Gody is evermore ascending up in spiritual commu
nion ; expressing itself, not always in words — often ii
'' groanings which cannot be uttered." ^ I dare say thi
sounds strange to many of you — it may serve to shew
how far you are from walking with God.— Lastly, th
character before us necessarily includes,
4. Zeal for God, — A man thus, like Enoch, habi
tually conversing with him whom he resembled, ani
in whom he trusted, could not be indifferent to th
honour of his Friend. The world around him, he coul
not but see, was divided into parties ; the one fo
God, and the other against God. With which of thes
would he side ? Surely he must needs espouse God'
cause, however few might join him. Others migl
walk in their own proud way, their own sensual wa}
their own Atheistic way ; Enoch would still tak
God's way, and walk with him. We have proof ths
he did so, in the prophecy which he delivered. (Se
Jude 14, 15.) We are not told what such a cours
of proceeding cost him : — we know what is the coi
of it now ; hatred, contempt, reproach, enmity, unkin
words, and more unkind behaviour. The questio
however is, Dare you encounter this for the honour (
your God and Saviour ? If not, you must not ca
^ Eph. jij. 12. ' James iv. 8. ^ Romans viii. 26.
him yours ; if otherwise, it is one evidence that you
are walking with him, and he with you.
And now, as an encouragement to believe that you
will not thus ** fear God for nought," * heaiT the
account which is given us of
II. Enoch's End. " He was not; for God took
him." The first of these expressions states the case
as men beheld it ; the second, as God effected it.
1. *' He was not.^^ — * He is gone at last — this trou-
blesome preacher! gone, too, sooner than we could
have expected — not more than three hundred and sixty
five years old ! ' Then some might add — * There was
a strange story about his being taken up to the sky
and disappearing ! o matter, if he is but gone ! '
—ow suppose that in point of fact nothing more was
known than this ; yet even then, how happy, if rightly
considered, would have been Enoch's end!
*' He is not" any longer subject to pain, sickness,
mfirmity, sorrow ; all of which are still the portion
even of those who walk with God in this vale of tears.
^'He is not" any longer tempted by Satan, by the
world, by his own fallen nature, to sin against his
kind Friend and Saviour ; and thus his heaviest bur*
den is removed. ** He is not" any more "vexed
with the filthy conversation of the wicked,"^ with
the dishonor cast on his God, with the *' triumphing
of the wicked,"^ "He is not " spared to see their
ungodliness proceeding to that gigantic pitch, which at
length brought upon them the flood of waters to de-
stroy all the earth. They might see no blessing in his
departure ; not considering that " the righteous is
taken away from the evil to come." * But to Enoch,
and to every faithful believer even now, a depar-*
1 Job i. 9. '2 Pet. ii. 7. ^ jqIj ^x. 5. * UalA'jvI. V*
d6 SERMO VI.
ture from this life is gain ; were it only on account
of the evils to which it puts an end.
But did Enoch die the common death of all men ?
o ! " he was not," for
2. ** God took him : " that is, (as St. Paul, speaking
by inspiration of God, explains it,) '' He was trans-
lated, that he should not see death." ^ Whether he
was carried up to- heaven, like Elijah, before few
witnesses, or in a more public manner, we are not
informed. Doubtless the fact became known ; and
was intended as a testimony that he whom men des-
pised, and most probably persecuted, was one who
had " pleased God."
In our day, there needs no such miraculous testi-
mony. And yet, even now, the servants of Christ die
not as other men. His disciples <* sleep in Jesus." ^ As
" God took " Enoch, so doth Christ ** come and take
them to himself, that where he is, they may be also."^
Will this be your end, my brethren ? have you this
** blessed hope ? " * In other words, Are you now
** walking with God ? " Ah, brethren, " many walk,
of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even
weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of
Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God is their
belly, and whose glory is in their shame ; who mind
earthly things."^ I fear that some of you may be in
that awful case. Oh make haste to escape ! Come to
God by Christ; begin henceforth humbly to walk
with him, and with his people ; and the day is not far
distant, when, in a better world, you shall be numbered
with those who "walk with him in white, for they are
^ Hebrews xi. 5. ^ 1 Thess. iv. 14. 3 John xiv. 3.
^ Titus ii. 13. 6 Phil. iii. 1 8, 19. « Rev. iii. 4.
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