January 5, 2018

Have you ever had a ‘turning point’ moment in your life? A point at which a decisive change takes place? I have had a few but one that comes to mind right now is a time when my son Jeremy was about a year old. We were living in Fergus and I was working at the Sugar Plant in Wahpeton. It was in the summer time and I would come home from work and eat the supper that Cleo had prepared for me and then after the dishes were done we would sit down and watch the television for the rest of the night and then go to bed.

So one evening it struck me that I was spending too much time with the television and I needed to be spending time fathering my new son. So I moved the television to the basement so that it wouldn’t be a distraction. Well what happened was that we would just go to the basement and sit on our old couch and, yep, watch tv and then go to bed. I couldn’t seem to discipline myself not to watch. I mean it was a great way to relax after a hard day at work. Well I not so quickly realized that what I needed to do was to get rid of the television and concentrate on being a husband to my wife and a father to my little boy. With Jeremy I wanted to be the one to shape his future. I didn’t want television or anyone else raising my son. So Cleo and I talked it over and we got rid of the television. The day we got rid of the television was the ‘turning point’ in my life. We went without one for many years.

From that day on I concentrated on being a father and husband. I spent many hours, days and years poring my life into my little son and I believe that it paid off. I wasn’t going to have him grow up like I did with a father not being a major part of my life.

In our reading for today there was another Father whose son brought about a ‘turning point’ in his life.

Genesis 5:21–23 (NLT) — 21 When Enoch was 65 years old, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 23 Enoch lived 365 years,

It says that after the birth of his son Enoch lived in close fellowship with God. Apparently before that God wasn’t that much of a priority. So what changed when the boy was born? Well I looked up the meaning of Methuselah’s name and here is what I found in Smith & Cornwall’ exhaustive dictionary of bible names.

Methuselah = When he is dead it shall be sent; i.e., the flood; (root = to send; to dismiss; to stretch out; to be cast out). Messenger of death. A man of the javelin. It shall be sent (deluge). Man of the dart.

In other words God was telling Enoch and misses Enoch, “When your boy dies that’s it!” Wow, now we get a little glimpse into why Enoch started getting close to God. I imagine him and the misses were pretty protective of little Methuselah. I’m sure they had security cameras in his room and a tracking device on his cell phone. I be they did all they could do to protect that little boy. I can hear the misses saying, “Honey are you sure it’s ok to let him stay overnight at Johnny’s? I don’t know if we should let him go camping with the scout troop, I mean what if…”

So the Enoch’s kept short accounts with God. They were in close fellowship because they didn’t know when they son might die and they wanted to be ready. Well Enoch got so close to God that they were like best buddies for 300 years. It couldn’t have been easy for Enoch to live for the Lord in such an evil world. We know that it was so evil that God had to destroy and start over.

Genesis 6:5 (NLT) — 5 The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.

So I imagine that when Enoch were out for a walk one day God in his mercy said, “You know Enoch we are hanging out so much and we enjoy each other’s company immensely why don’t you just come home with me? I am going to spare you from this evil.” And that is what happened. Apparently mom and Methuselah got on just fine because the young boy lived to be 969 years old!

Genesis 5:25–29 (NLT) — 25 When Methuselah was 187 years old, he became the father of Lamech. 26 After the birth of Lamech, Methuselah lived another 782 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 27 Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died. 28 When Lamech was 182 years old, he became the father of a son. 29 Lamech named his son Noah, for he said, “May he bring us relief from our work and the painful labor of farming this ground that the Lord has cursed.”

And guess what, on the day Methuselah died the flood came. When you add up the ages of Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah when their eldest sons were born (187 + 182 + 500), plus the 100 years between (Gen 5:32 and 7:11), you get a total of 969 years.

Well we know that one day Jesus is coming back and when he comes that’s it! The fact of that’s it so gripped Enoch’s heart that he began to walk with God and do his will. That’s it was Enoch’s turning point.

The fact that Jesus is coming again ought to motivate all of us to live lives of holiness and obedience to the Lord.

2 Peter 3:11 (NLT) — 11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live,

Be Inspired Hilltop!






  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    Sometimes God gives me “pictures” of who he is. This morning when reading our scripture passages I was struck by how God orchestrated all of the different situations according to HIS plan. That got me thinking about symphonies(I love classical music) and how there is a composer, a conductor, instruments, movements in every symphony. I saw how God is the composer and then he is also the conductor. We (or people) are the instruments . Some have big parts in each movement, some have small parts but each instrument is needed to complete the movement and ultimately the whole symphony. The symphony is interpreted according to the conductor. As such he uses the instruments to perform in a way that says what he wants them to ‘say’ in each movement. Ultimately he is in control of the orchestra and the outcome of the symphony.
    This is such a wonderful picture of God’s work in the world and in our lives. My job is to watch and listen to the conductor and my life will be a beautiful symphony. If I do my part I can trust that God’s will will be done and His plan will be accomplished.