The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6:5
The early chapters of Genesis chart the growth of sin in the world and its devastating effects. Adam and Eve disobeyed a single command in the garden, and just one generation later, their son Cain killed his brother. The world’s first baby became the world’s first murderer.
Ten generations are recorded from Adam to Noah, and Enoch was the seventh of these generations. If wickedness had filled the earth by the time of Noah, you can be sure that it was running rampant in the time of Enoch.
This is confirmed by a prophecy given to Enoch that is quoted and preserved for us in the New Testament. Enoch was given a glimpse of the day when Jesus Christ will come with His holy angels. He will establish the truth, right every wrong, and bring the whole world to justice.
Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “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.” (Jude 14-15)
Notice, Enoch mentions the ungodly four times. Enoch was surrounded by people who had no place for God, people who spoke against God, people who acted in defiance toward God. And in such a world, Enoch walked with God! This is telling us that it is possible to walk with God in a world that defies Him. This is what Enoch did, and this is our calling today.
What are one or two challenges you face as you strive to walk with God in this culture? What steps are you taking to overcome these challenges?