“Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.” (Genesis5:24; 6:9)
These two verses in Genesis talked about Enoch and Noah, and that they both walked with God, both literally and symbolically. In these two lives, they did walk everywhere, it was what people did in there time on this earth. There was no corner store; they stored up their food and the necessities of life or they did without. Practically every activity required walking, and the term came to refer to the entire course of life itself Enoch was referred to as one who walked with God throughout his life.
The description of Noah is that he obligated himself to the commands of God. As God’s creatures, we live under heavenly expectations of conduct. God places imperatives upon us which it is our duty to perform. As Christians, we will walk through life with God, but we also walk with other people, taking taking society’s expectations into account. Life after death was not specifically taught in these times, but here, it sets the foundation for that very thing.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, clearly You took both Enoch and Noah after their early life was ended. In the New Testament, it is very clear that this was the case, with Jesus, and then others to follow. This is another clear example that You have thought this out, way in advance of our existence, and that You have prepared a place for us, with You, after our days are over. We thank You, for your plans to bring us to You, that we will live on after earthly death, and that You have thought this out and implemented Your plans. We love You too, Abba, and seek Your guidance, protections and love, each and every day. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The Son of God became the son of man, that He might change the sons of men, into the sons of God!”
“Whenever the ark set out, Moses said, ‘Rise up, O Lord! May your enemies be scattered; may your foes flee before you.’ Whenever it came to rest, he said, ‘Return, O Lord, to the countless thousands of Israel.’” (Numbers10:35–36)
The Israelites were ready to leave Sinai under God’s leadership. This prayer presents Moses’ understanding of God. With the presence of God radiating outward from the camp, His enemies would flee.
With the manifestation of God’s presence among His people, they would enjoy Him. Prayer expresses our desire for God’s leadership, protection, and fellowship.
“If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.” (1st John1:6)
To claim to walk with God and in darkness is a contradiction in terms, beloved. Fellowship with God is exercised in prayer. Fellowship implies commonalities.
The new creature in Christ (2nd Corinthians 5:17) shares a nature, albeit derivative, with God. God shares with the Christian His own holiness and eternality. Every Christian should walk with God.
Second Thought of the Day:
“God did not reject His people, whom He foreknew. Don’t you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—-now he appealed to God against Israel:” (Romans11:2)
In 1st Kings 8:18, we see a remarkable prayer which indicates much that is basic in our fellowship with God. Elijah’s frail humanity led him to typically human emotions. He was afraid. Terror led him to overstate his aloneness. James pointed to our commonality with Elijah’s frailty in urging us to pray. Elijah had seen tremendous divine power demonstrated on Mt. Carmel. The manifestations of terrifying power in the wind, earthquake, and fire were intended to remind him that the divine power and will were still available for him. God’s voice for the discouraged prophet was a gentle whisper. Prayer fellowship brought new zeal and a new commission The assurance of 7,000 who had remained faithful to the Lord would shortly be demonstrated. Elisha would have to enlarge the living quarters of his company of prophets.