Theme: THE REWARD OF FAITH
Text: “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God”. – Hebrews 11:5.
Comment: Enoch, the seventh generation from Adam, was said to have “walked with God” by faithfully serving Him, though little is known of his activities as a worshipper of God. Jude the apostle of Christ tells us that Enoch expounded the word of God and made a prophecy of the coming of the Lord to take vengeance on the wicked. – Jude verse 14.
His faith in God coupled with the practice of righteousness brought the favour of God to him. Scripture states: “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. The expression, “God took him” is not a signification of going to heaven, but that he ceased to live having been turned to nothing. As in the text for today, Saint Paul said “before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God”.
The point has been made severally that for anyone to please the Father, absolute faith in Him is needed. The privilege Enoch had to be “translated that he should not see death” was a special dispensation from the Almighty God that bespeaks of the measure of Enoch’s faith. Christians are admonished thus: “For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end”. – Hebrews 3:14.