Did you know that even though Methuselah was the oldest man to ever live, he died before his father did? Today we’ll find out why as we learn about the great Prophet Enos.
Now, the story of Enoch is almost completely missing from the Bible. In Genesis, there are only five verses about him explaining he was Jared’s son. He walked with God, and after 365 years of working with the people and creating Zion, he was not for God took him. Now, for most, that just sounds weird. In Genesis, there’s no explanation of where God took him or why.
The New Testament Book of Hebrews does say Enoch was translated because of his faith and testimony. But what does translated mean? We’ll get to that later. While the full book of Enos was lost from the Bible for centuries, 115 verses of it were revealed to Joseph Smith as part of the Book of Moses. Incredibly, just in the last century, manuscripts have been found that continue to add details to and confirm the story of Enoch found in the Pearl of Great Price.
This includes the Dead Sea Scrolls, which contain 32 fragments of the Book of Enoch. If you recall, they were discovered in 1947, long after Joseph had died. Now, Enos is six generations after Adam. So we go from Adam and Eve to their son Seth, their grandson, Enos great grandson Canaan, Mahalili, Jared, then their great greatgreatgreatgrandson Enos. And Enos is the father of Medusa, the oldest man who ever lived.
Now, while Enoch was young, all six of his grandfathers, including Adam, were still alive. In fact, Adam ordained Enick to the priesthood when he was 25 years old. One fine day after turning 65, Enos is traveling among his people when the Spirit of God descends out of heaven and a voice declares, Enoch, my son, prophesy unto these people and say unto them repent. Startled, Enos shrinks in fear and sputters, Why have you chosen me? I’m young and all the people hate me and I struggle to speak.
Why call me as thy servant? And you know what? The Lord quickly apologizes and says, you’re totally right. I forgot. You’re so young.
Struggle with talking and how much people really don’t like you. So never mind, I’ll call someone else wrong. The Lord doesn’t make mistakes. He calls us to do his work with our strengths and flaws. What he actually says to Enos is, Go forth and do as I have commanded thee.
Open thy mouth and it shall be filled. My spirit is upon you and the mountain shall flee before you and the river shall turn from their course. Therefore, walk with me. What beautiful words. Walk with me.
Don’t run, don’t crawl. Just walk with him. God doesn’t send us out to do his work. Rather, he walks with us. Yes, when we walk with God, he empowers us.
Now, this is interesting. God prepares Enoch, telling him to anoint his eyes with clay. And then wash them. Just like the blind man whose physical eyes would one day be opened by Jesus. Enix spiritual eyes are opened and he sees a marvelous vision and beholds the heavens and the spirits that God created.
And now he’s not just a Prophet, but a seer of the future as well as the past and present. Approximately 687 years have passed since Adam and Eve left the garden and a large portion of their descendants aren’t keeping the Commandments and have grown very wicked. So the Lord calls Enoch to preach repentance to them and points out three ways they’d stopped following God. First, their hearts had waxed hard. Second, their ears were dull of hearing.
And third, their eyes couldn’t see. In other words, they’ve hardened their hearts, Stopped listening to God’s words and stopped looking for God’s hand in their lives. So imagine this. You’re trying to overcome your arch enemy in an epic battle but you totally refuse to use your eyes and ears. Oh, how would that turn out for you?
So Enick boldly goes forth and cries with a loud voice testifying against their works. And to be honest, they really don’t like him. But he’s filled with the spirit and keeps going. The people are astonished and say a wild man hath come among us Because they think he’s the crazy one, not them. But God walks with and protects Enos, whose faith is so great that when Enos commanded, the mountains moved and the Rivers ran a new course.
Now that is some dynamic faith. Miraculously, the people slowly begin to open their eyes, ears and hearts to Enos Because God helps them to know what to say and qualifies him to be a great teacher and Prophet. Enos teaches so powerfully that this ginormous wicked city unites in righteousness until the entire city and everyone in it is translated meaning taken straight to heaven without suffering death. And that is why the oldest man who ever lived died before his father did. Next time we’ll see in a vision how much God loves and weeps for each of us.
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