Enoch: Unmatchable Faith (2 of 12) by Steve Wagers

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Enoch: Unmatchable Faith (2 of 12)
Series: Fantastic Faith
Steve N. Wagers
Hebrews 11:5
January 30, 2008

Sermon Outline
1. A Devoted Life!
A) His Pursuit of God
1) The Direction of His Walk with God
2) The Duration of His Walk with God
B) His Passion for God
1) Who He Believed
2) How He Behaved
2. A Desired Life!
A) A Specific Testimony
B) A Special Testimony
3. A Distinguished Life!
A) His Notable Translation
B) His New Location

Whenever one thinks of great figures of history, there are many names that come to mind. In the world of entertainment there are the names of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Elvis Presley. In the world of politics there are the names of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, or JFK. In the world of finance there are the names of Howard Hughes, Bill Gates and Donald Trump.

In the world of military prowess there are the names of Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, George Patton and Norman Schwarzkopf. In the world of baseball there are the names of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Hank Aaron and Cal Ripken. In the world of football there are the names of Jim Brown, Walter Payton and Barry Sanders. In the world of basketball there are the names of Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan.

From the great pulpits of the past there are the names of Savanarola, Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley, C. H. Spurgeon, and George Whitfield. Among contemporaries there are the names of David Jeremiah, Chuck Swindoll, Jerry Vines and Adrian Rogers.

In the Bible we find the names of great men as well. From the pages of the Old Testament we find men such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Elisha, David, Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. From the pages of the New Testament we find men such as Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Paul, Stephen, and of course, the name above all names, Jesus Christ.

However, of all of those names, there is one name that is tragically overlooked. It is a man by the name of Enoch. Enoch is my Bible hero. There are many patriarchs of the faith that I want to talk to when I get to Heaven, but one that I especially want to talk to is Enoch.

The life of Enoch both intrigues me and inspires me. There is very little that we know of Enoch from a human standpoint. His life is described, in the Bible, with 145 words; 51 words in the Old Testament, and 94 words in the New Testament.

The three passages that record his life are Genesis 5, Hebrews 11 and Jude 14-16. However, of what little we do know of him we are most definitely left with the impression that although he was little known on the human side, he was largely known from the Heavenly side.

W. H. Griffith Thomas said, "The witness of Enoch is given to us as an oasis in the chapter, and he is one of only 2 men of whom it is recorded that they "walked with God." [1]

Enoch's name is forever etched into God's Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11 because of his unmatc ...

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