Letters from Neil | April 10th, 2020

May 31, 2020  |  Redemption AZ

April 10, 2020

Good morning Salties and friends,

I love that Paul typically starts his letters with grace and peace. Those words together remind us that because of grace we can have peace since no one can be sure we have done enough good works to be saved. So, grace and peace my dear friends. 

Let’s jump back into Genesis 5. Who would have thought we could have multiple mini-lessons in a chapter of genealogies? We’ve been looking at Enoch quite a bit. He was one of only two men in the Old Testament who didn’t taste physical death. I’m sure you remember the other, Elijah in 2 Kings 2:11. Although Enoch walked with God and Elijah served God faithfully neither man was perfect. In fact, it seems that Enoch didn’t always walk with God. Verse 22 says “Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah (he was my age at the time). Did witnessing the wonder of the birth of his son turn him towards God? We don’t know for sure but we do know that does happen. 

The name he gives his son is interesting, Methuselah means “his death shall bring it”. Bring what? Jude 14-15 says that Enoch was a prophet who warned people that God would bring judgment, that judgment came by the flood which happened the year Methuselah died. God demonstrated His amazing grace and patience in giving people time to repent, witnessed by the fact that out of all those long lives, Methuselah lived the longest. Even in that time of ever-increasing sinful activity, God reveals His heart of compassion & kindness by giving lots of time for repentance. Romans 2:4 says “or do you presume on the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.”

Let’s take a moment to be thankful that we are the recipients of God’s grace, kindness and patience that led us to repentance because we would not nor could not do it on our own.

Love, Neil