HOW IS YOUR WALK?Is your walk with God so wonderfully pure and committed that the Holy One of Israel - the LORD GOD Almighty - would want to take you home to Heaven and you would not have to die? Most people I know would take that deal because while we say we are prepared, most people would rather not go through the pain of death! Amen?!
As we continue our study through Hebrews 11, Verse 5 is a further explanation of the very short blurb we see in the family blood line of Adam in Genesis 5: 24 when God said "Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away".
Now, read the full account, so to speak - here: HEBREWS 11:5 AMP: Because of faith Enoch was caught up and transferred to heaven, so that he did not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found, because God had translated him. For even before he was taken to heaven, he received testimony [still on record] that he had pleased and been satisfactory to God.
To fully understand how this happened, we MUST look at the word "WALK" . The original word used by God in Genesis for Enoch's "walk" is HALAK which has about 50 meanings! The Biblical Hebrew Walk means anything from a continual journey with....to become increasingly like...!! You see how rich the actual words are which God has placed in His Textus Receptus (or the Received Word of God)!
In light of this, let us look at some other scriptures for us to think about this Friday and let the Lord seal His Word in our hearts, before we look more deeply into Hebrews 11:5 and it's meaning to us, tomorrow.
Psalm 1:1 says "Blessed is the man who walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly". Therefore meditate on this - are you following the path of other men in your career; job..or even in your ministry and family??!!! God has set certain guidelines for what He expects from Godly employees, community leaders, church volunteers, moms and dads. Are you walking under the advice of men or God?
Psalm 78:10 says "They kept not the covenant of God and refused to walk in his law". This time the word for "walk" is YALAK not HALAK! There is a difference. This Yalak means pursue or follow after the statutes and guidelines of God. This has a connotation of pending judgment. This type of walk is AWAY from God which many men and women are increasingly doing in these last days. Many are into alternative "faith" practices while calling themselves Christian. Christ will have something to say about that one day and you do NOT want to be one of those who "refused to walk in His Law"!
Romans 8:1 says "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit". This word for walk is even still different from the previous two! The word for walk here is "Peripateo" or how you conduct yourself! Is your moral conduct the same when you're by yourself in front others as it is in private? Do you watch X rated photos and movies and then pretend the next day or are you walking in Truth? If the latter is true, we are all good!
Finally 1 John 1:7 says "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin".
The words LIGHT here are a completely different message for another time, but concentrate on what 1 John 1:7 says here about WALKING ...in His Light. You can't have a better course for your life than to walk in the Lit-up path with Jesus! This is the journey that Enoch - a direct descendant of Adam, was on, before God said "come on up, son, Let's go home"!!! You gotta love it ....and then measure it up against your own life!!! AMEN!!
I confess that my walk has been far from perfect. I have strayed and my eye and mind has wandered but I have always come back, centering myself firmly on Christ. It's hard in this world, but not impossible, and God will give anyone who has the true desire to walk with Him and Him alone, the strength to do it.
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