Here Today, Gone Tomorrow by James Merritt
"Here Today, Gone Tomorrow"
1. Someone has called the fifth chapter of Genesis "A desert of death." You can almost see the pine boxes and the graves. You can almost hear the weeping widows. You can almost smell the stench of death that arises from this chapter. Over and over we read these words, "and he died." The last words of v.5 read, "and he died." We read in v.8 "and he died." We read in v.11 "and he died." We read in v.14 "and he died." We read in v.17 "and he died." We read in v.20 "and he died."
2. Yet, right in the middle of this desert of death stands a gardenia of life, a little flower called Enoch. Very little is said about Enoch. In fact, more is said about Enoch in the New Testament than in the Old. There are fifty-one words in the Old Testament about Enoch, but ninety-four words in the New Testament. We are told some things about Enoch in the New Testament we are not told in the Old.
3. He only had one claim to fame. He never parted a Red Sea; he never slew a giant; he never wrestled with an angel; he was never swallowed by a whale; he never walked on water; he didn't even write as much as one verse in all the Bible. The only thing we are told about this man is, "he walked with God." But I want to tell you that simple statement put Enoch in God's Hall of Fame. The measure of a man is not in how much is said about him, but what is said about him. A lot can be said about a man in just a very few words.
4. For example, we are told that David was "a man after God's own heart." We are told that Abraham was "a friend of God." We are told that Elijah was "a man of God." But there is not a greater testimony in all of the Bible than this one given of Enoch, "he walked with God." Someone has well said that "Civilized man has learned how to fly, but he has lost the art of walking with God." Enoch had this art of walking with God down to a science. Because he d ...
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