It is important when reading and studying the Bible to notice repeated words, phrases or ideas. In Genesis 5, the repetition of "and he died" is the focus of the chapter with the glaring exception of Enoch who did not die because he "walked with God". What must Enoch have been like? What was his daily priority? The declaration that "Enoch walked with God" is apparently what Adam and Eve did before the Fall. In Genesis 3:8 when Adam and Eve heard the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, they hid themselves. Did they regularly "walk" with God before the Fall? What was that like for Enoch, Adam and Eve to walk with God? How would I "walk with God"?
LORD God, I know my natural inclination is not to walk with You. Because of sin and rebellion my natural desire is to live for myself. I know it is You who seeks me just as You sought Adam and Eve that afternoon. Thank you for pursuing me. May my desire and pleasure of walking with You increase.
The repetition of the word "blessed" is obvious in Matthew 5. This is an interesting Greek word. It is translated as fortunate in Acts 26:2. Some Bibles translate the word as happy. My favorite translation is "spiritually prosperous". It is obvious Jesus' perception of who is blessed is quite different from the worlds. The world we live in does not equate blessed, fortunate, happy and good with words like poor, mourn, meek, hunger, and thirst much less persecuted.
While reading Matthew 5:8, I wondered if Enoch was "pure in heart". Did he see God while still living in the world? Is that what it means to "walk with God"?
Jesus, please give me eyes to see true spiritual prosperity and a heart to desire it.
This event always causes me to pause. If God acted with such speed in judgment today, I suspect that "great fear" would seize the whole church and everyone who heard. I need to remember His judgment is always as sure if not always as quick.
Am I living a lie? Is there any area of my life in which I am trying to appear one way to man and yet God sees me another way? My prayer is Psalm 139:23-24, "Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting".
Interesting note: Just as God quickly judged Ananias at the establishment of the church, He did the same thing to Achan while establishing Israel in the promised land in Joshua 7. In each instance, God plainly shows His knowledge of everything taking place and His displeasure so all will know. Both Achan and Ananias tested "the Spirit of the Lord" with the same results.