Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Gospel preached by Enoch

Enoch, the seventh from Adam was a righteous man who trusted God "By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God." Heb 11:5, and that's about all we know of him really other than he was a preacher and was faithful to God's message. What message was the sermon exposition from? Why the protoevangel of course:

"I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel."

and from this he was able to construct this marvelous sermon, which called men to remember what God had spoken, and in light of it, to repent:

"Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him."

The savior will be a Lord, a great king, a king of righteousness, full of goodness. This great all powerful king will ride at the front of an overwhelming army with the sole intention of crushing the powers of evil, and He will reign forever. (Thus we have the OT designation of Lord of Hosts, meaning commander of the heavenly armies)  This was fulfilled in Christ who claimed to be the King John 18:37 over the angels Matt 26:53 reigning forever Rev 11:15.) His intent is not to set up a kingdom with a capitol in some stone fortress somewhere, but it is to set the world right, to convict men of sin, of their ruined standing before God.

And who is this that He will crush utterly? Who is His enemy? Satan's offspring! But that is not someone else, some distant third person whom He keeps a grudge against, no. His enemy is you wicked men in the world, you men who turn your back on the remembrance of this promise, who defy Him with your mouth. You say that things have gone on as they have before the foundation of the world but beware that His patience is not tread upon. We are not given the time this savior will come, so the only thing you can do therefore is repent now, now before His coming. If you have committed deeds of darkness then behold, you have joined up with the side that will strike at His heel and die- you have picked the wrong side, turn from your evil ways because He will crush your head. God has spoken it and it will come to pass. Though His judgment tarries you may trust in it, for He will surely bring this to pass.

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