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A Walk to Be Remembered August 9, 2010

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Hebrews 11:5-6
The Bible can be read and studied in different ways. It can be read a book at a time, in no particular order. It can also be read from cover to cover front to back. The amount that is read is not nearly as important as what is gleaned from it. It is better to read a little bit over time than to try to read much without taking time to properly digest it. The Bible tells us that we are to meditate on what we have read. This is not some transcendental, out of body experience we are to have. Rather, it means we are to think upon what we have read. Dwell on it. Role it around in your mind and even discuss it with others.
People often set out with good intentions to read the Bible through. There are a number of strategies for that. I would be happy to provide some to you if you email me at the address listed on the “Pastor” page. They begin full of wonder and excitement, but by the time they reach Chronicles, boredom has set in and they are ready to give up. First Chronicles is full of lists. There are census records of ancestry and lineage. There are records of who brought what tribute and how much of it. There are so many lists. The thing to be on the lookout for in passages like these is explanation. If the author expounds upon a particular person, place or thing, it had significance. It is our job to find out why.
Take for example to the explanation of Jabez in First Chronicles. Until that point, the author had only listed fathers and their sons. The sons of this guy were these people and the sons he had with these other wives were these guys and these are their descendants. But, when we read about Jabez, we learn that, “he was more honorable than his brothers.” Two full verses are devoted to this righteous man. In them we get a glimpse of his life and his relationship with God. Several years ago a book and study materials were devoted to the examination of his life and prayer so that it may be implemented in the modern disciple’s life. It had a tremendous impact on numerous people and can still be used today.
In Genesis, we learn of another righteous man named Enoch. Enoch is something of a mystery. In Genesis chapter five, the author is relating the descendants of Adam all the way to Noah in preparation for the story of the Flood. Until Enoch is introduced, a common pattern of introduction of each person and their descendants is obvious. This man lived this many years when he became the father of so and so. After that, he lived this many years, had other sons and daughters and lived altogether this long. Next. But, when Enoch is introduced we learn something more of him. With this further explanation, we must look for the importance. Enoch was the father of Methuselah. Anyone who knows any Bible trivia at all knows that Methuselah was the oldest person to ever live. That has some meaning. We don’t experience long life and happiness apart from God’s blessings. But, there is more. It states that Enoch “walked with God” and was taken away by God. In Hebrews, we learn that Enoch did not experience death because God had taken him away. He was commended as one who pleased God. He was a man of faith. What does this mean?
Books have been written on the theories of what happened to Enoch. There are so many theories about it, but the fact of the matter is that no one but God knows. The important thing in this passage is not how it happened, but why. What does it mean to walk with God? The idea I like best is that God and Enoch met daily like two men would meet on the road half way between their two houses. They would spend the day walking and talking; discussing the things that were important to them. At the end of the day they would part ways and return to their houses only to meet along the road again the next day. One day after much discussion, the men discovered that they were closer to one man’s house than the other. The One, being God, invited Enoch to stay for the night and he never left.
In the annals of time, in the eulogy that will be written about you, how will you be remembered? If some book was written and your life was recorded, what would be written about you? How would you like to be remembered? Perhaps we should begin working on that today. We thought much about who and what we wanted to be when we grew up. But, we spend so little time thinking about how we will be remembered when we are gone and the legacy and heritage we will leave behind. What would be written about you?
Are you walking with God?
“When we walk with the Lord, in the light of His Word, what a glory He sheds on our way. While we do His good will, He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”

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