Meditation

05/20/2021

Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” (Genesis5:24)

Death is the outcome stated eight times in this chapter of Genesis. This verse, however, breaks the pattern. Personal existence after physical death was not clearly taught in the early biblical literature.

This verse indicates a basis for that belief even in these early genealogies. In this and other ways God revealed that our life extends beyond this world. Enoch did not have to die because Gook him. Although we must die. God’s grace permits us to enjoy sweet fellowship with Him here and hereafter.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, Enoch “walked with You; in other words, Enoch lived his life in Your presence, before he was called home to heaven. Help us Abba, to want to always walk in Your presence, that we feel You close to us and that our lives are an open book to You, of how we live our lives. It is in Jesus’ precious name that we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Don’t grumble if you don’t have what you want, be thankful you don’t get what you deserve!

KNOWING GOD:

But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say tha there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in face the dear are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” (1st Corinthians 15:12-19)

Beloved to live as a Christian is to be in Christ (John 5:5). To die as a Christian is to fall asleep in Him. The text presents the logical reasoning that if Christ had not risen from the dead, then death would be the end for all, even believers. Here the resurrection is asserted as one of he most crucial of all doctrines, so much so that if Christ did not arise, our lives are hopeless. The resurrection of Christ insures that those fallen asleep in Him are not lost.

I AM:

I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put is aside as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.” (2nd Peter1:1315)

Death is the putting off of the body. Viewed as a tent or temporary dwelling, the present physical body must be laid aside for the permanent house not made with hands. Death will be a departure to be with the Lord.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” (Revelation 14:13)

The strangest of all beatitudes pronounce blessedness upon believers at death. Rest from labors and reward for faithfulness join the prospect of immediate fellowship with Christ to constitute the blessedness. The dead die in the Lord are blessed. God’s salvation blesses His people from the cradle to the grave and indeed from before time to after time.

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