Hebrews 11:15 – Ole Hallesby


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For Friday September 2, 2022:

HEBREWS 11:15

Hebrews 11:15 (NKJV)
By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found,
because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony,
that he pleased God.

What was there about Enoch that was well-pleasing unto God?

Verily, let none of us think that Enoch in himself had any qualifications which made him well-pleasing unto God. We are all by nature the children of wrath, the Scriptures tell us. Also Enoch.

It is for this reason too that the Epistle to the Hebrews emphasizes the fact that it was by faith that Enoch became well-pleasing unto God. The sinner who believes in the salvation which has been divinely ordained of God is well-pleasing unto Him, whether it be in the old dispensation or in the new. Such a person is one to whom the Lord does not reckon sin.

However, it is clear from our text that there was something about Enoch which made him especially well-pleasing unto God. In Genesis 5:24 we are told what this was: Enoch walked with God.

What does this mean? Well, that is not explained to us. But I take it to mean simply and directly that Enoch walked with God in the daily affairs of life. We are told that he lived 365 years. All these years he walked with God. In his home, in his daily work, among the sheep-folds, on the long trips between grazing lands.

This was what God prized so highly.

Love is that way. We too desire to walk together with the one to whom our heart is attached.

Listen now, dear child of God! God is waiting for an opportunity to walk with you. To go with you in your daily life. He feels disappointed that you pray to Him only two or three times a day in your inner chamber. He would have you speak informally with Him about all the affairs of your daily life, just as a little child goes about all day long and speaks with its mother. It is a great joy to a mother to hear her child think aloud.

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O. Hallesby, God’s Word for Today: A Daily Devotional for the Whole Year, trans. Clarence J. Carlsen (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1994)

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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