Like Abel, very little is written about Enoch in the Bible, and yet, God placed him in the chapter of great men and women of faith in Hebrews 11. Enoch’s life caught God’s attention. As you study his life, look at your own. Consider how God would sum up your life today.
“Lord, open my eyes and heart that I might learn what it means to walk with you. Help me to identify areas in my life that hinder my walk. I desire to be pleasing to you in all that I say and do.”
1. What do we know about Enoch from verse 5?
2. Enoch was pleasing to God. What is required of us in order to please God according to Hebrews 11:6?
3. Why is it impossible to please Him without it?
4. According to verse 6, what is the progression of getting to the place of pleasing God?
5. Verse 6 tells us that God is a rewarder of those who seek Him. What does it mean to seek the Lord?
6. How does God reward those who seek Him? (Can you support your answer with Scripture?)
Yesterday we looked at Hebrews 11:5-6 and saw how Enoch was commended for pleasing God. Today we will look at some other passages that focus on pleasing God and what that involves.
1. What should be our ambition?
3. Paul says in verse 7 that “we walk by faith, not by sight.” Give an example of walking by faith, not by sight.
4. According to these verses, what pleases the Lord?
5. Why would these things please the Lord?
6. Why would someone continue in an action that he/she knows is displeasing to God?
1. What do you learn about Enoch from this passage?
2. All the other men mentioned in this chapter were said to have “lived” and died (a result of the curse). Enoch is the only one of whom it is said that he “walked.” What is the difference between living and walking?
3. How does Paul describe walking in a manner worthy of your calling in Ephesians 4:1-3?
4. In addition to the qualities mentioned above in Q. 3, what other characteristics would you expect to find in the life of someone who walks with God?
5. Can you partially walk with God, or is it “all or nothing”? Explain your answer.
1. How do these New Testament passages instruct us to walk with God?
2. How do the areas above in Question 1 work together to bring us into a deeper walk with God?
3. Paul instructs the Thessalonians in 1 Thess. 4:1 to “excel still more” in their pleasing walk with God. How can you excel still more in your walk with Him?
4. What causes someone’s walk with God to stagnate, stumble, or come to a halt?
5. If you have struggled in your walk with God, what was the cause and how did you handle it?
1. Jude quoted from the apocryphal Book of Enoch here.4 This is the only other place in Scripture where Enoch is specifically mentioned, other than genealogies (1 Chronicles 1:1). What did Enoch prophesy would happen in the future to the ungodly?
2. List the different ways Enoch used the word “ungodly” in verse 15.
3. How did Jude describe the ungodly in verse 16?
4. How does Enoch’s quote relate to his life of walking with God and the culture within which he lived?
5. How do you respond to the sin you see around you in the world?
6. How does Jude 24-25 encourage you in your walk with God?
My walk with God began when I was 9 years old. I wish I could say that I have always walked in close fellowship with the Father since that day, but I confess I have not. I have stumbled many times along the way. Yet God was always there to pick me up and set me on my way again. He never let go of my hand.
For Enoch, walking with God lasted at least 300 years. We don’t hear of any “detours” that he took in his walk. We don’t read of any areas in which he displeased God. What marks his life in Scripture is that he walked with God and was pleasing to Him. What a great example for us to look to as we seek to walk with God however long God gives us on this earth.
1 Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour Publishing, 1963), March 17.
2 MacArthur, MacArthur New Testament Commentary on Hebrews, 312.
3 Oswald Chambers, Still Higher for His Highest (Fort Washington, PA: Christian Literature Crusade, 1970), October 8.
4 Kenneth Barker and John R. Kohlenberger III, The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: New Testament (Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 1994), 1123.