We all have our heroes. A hero might be very popular among the world, such as John Wayne. Or a hero might be so obscure as to only be known by the one who lifts them up to hero status, such as your dad or mom. A hero can be defined as a man, woman, or child, set apart by exceptional courage and nobility and strength. But in all things our hero is our personal perception. One man’s hero might well be another man’s enemy. “Hero” is a word subject to subjectivity, or opinion.
We look for our heroes by setting up criteria and looking for the one who best fits that mold. Since, by His Grace, I adore God, I look to His opinion as the final authority in establishing what is “opinion”. And when I see God honor someone, I rest assured that this one is worthy of being a hero.
Beyond question and debate, Jesus was and is honored above all else in the eyes of God the Father. Some would differ, but in the end, that statement regarding Jesus will be proven true to all creation. But there are a few men mentioned in the Bible who stand tall before the Most High God as men worthy of mention and our respect; David, Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, and (the subject of this post) Enoch.
In searching my limited knowledge of the world I look for a hero among men. Without fail my pointing finger would rest on Enoch. Included next are the three passages which speak of this man. They are short, but filled with information regarding Enoch:
“When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” (Genesis 5:22-24)
“Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” (Jude 1:14)
” By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: ‘He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.’ ” (Hebrews 15:5)
There is a book which floats around which is said to contain some of the sayings of Enoch. You can find it here: http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/boe/ I’ve read the majority of it and find it even more inspiring. But as is with all our heroes, we tend to pick the one which matches our own heart and desire. Love for God has become my burning passion, almost to the exclusion of humanity. Yet He has set us to the task of speaking to our brothers and sisters for the sake of their souls.
The passage from Jude strikes the deepest with in me. “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
As I write for His Glory, I am reminded that it is God’s convicting that is coming. What a fine line we walk as we hold out the words of life. It is written, “Zeal for your house will consume me”. And we know that was meant to apply to Jesus, the Christ of God. Yet we read also, “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters.” What applies to Jesus, in some way applies also to His people. And in this case I find truth and resounding echo. The closer I get to God, the more I feel the zeal for His house and His name. And in getting close to God, there is no record of any one else pleasing God so much that God took him from this world. He did not taste death.
What I ask of myself every moment of every day, I ask of the reader: Are you pleasing God?
By His Grace.