by James Merritt

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
James Merritt
Genesis 5: 21-24; Hebrews 11:5


1. Someone has called the fifth chapter of Genesis ''a desert of death''. You could almost see the caskets and the graves. You can almost hear the widows weeping in the background. You can almost smell the stench of death that arises from this chapter, because over and over we read these words, ''and he died.'' The last words of verse 5 read, ''and he died.'' Verse 8 says, ''and he died.'' Verse 11 says, ''and he died.'' Verse 14 says, ''and he died.'' Verse 17 says, ''and he died.'' Verse 20 says, ''and he died.''

2. Yet right in the middle of this desert of death stands a lily of life, a little flower, called Enoch. Interestingly very little is said about Enoch. In fact, more is said about Enoch in the New Testament than we find 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 that were not told in the Old.

3. Enoch only had one claim to fame. He never parted a Red Sea like Moses. He never slew a giant like David. He never wrestled with an angel like Jacob. He was never swallowed by a great fish like Jonah. He never walked on water like Jesus. He didn't even write as much as one verse in the Bible. The only thing we are told of substance about this man is what we read in Genesis 5:24, ''Enoch walked with God.''
(Genesis 5:24, NASB)

Four words, but they put him in God's Hall of Fame.

4. I have learned the real measure of a person is not how much is said about that person, but what is said about that person. A lot can be said about a person in just a few words.

5. 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 about a human being than this one given of Enoch, ...

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