by Christopher Harbin

He Walked with God
Christopher B. Harbin
Genesis 6:1-14; Matthew 5:13-20; Romans 12:9-20

There are few characters in the Bible described as walking with God. The best known is Enoch in Genesis 5:24. We know this description applied to Enoch because it stands out as virtually the only special aspect of his life before being taken up to live at God's side. Without this description we would know no more of him than as being the father of Methuselah, and the son of Jared. It is in his walk with God that Enoch stands out. Meanwhile, in Genesis 6, we are introduced to another character described in the same way. We know this character by the name of Noah. In Noah's case, knowing he walked with God is not the only thing we know about him, but it may just be the most important.
There was nothing so special to set Noah apart from others of his day. The text says nothing of any special qualities or traits attached to Noah. It tells nothing of any great initiative. Nothing was written of his strength, his skill, or of a mechanical imagination. It tells us nothing of experience in building ships, or working with wild animals. There was nothing special about Noah to distinguish him from the people of his generation. He was simply one more in his line of descent. His grandfather, Methuselah, is described as the man who lived to an older age than any other, but according to the mathematics in our text, died in the year of the flood. Enoch was his most distinctive ancestor--his great-grandfather. He was special simply for walking with God, the very same description applied to Noah.
The rest of the folkloric heroes of the Ancient Near East were much more than Noah. Gilgamesh was perhaps best known. His history says he heard tell of the gods' plan to destroy the earth, due to the fact that humans were making so much noise that the gods were unable to sleep. With his strength, skill, and initiative, he built a huge floating box in very short order, captured ...

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