“For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.Matthew 5:18
Many of you may be beginning this new year’s devotions in Genesis. Hopefully, chapter five will not be the end of your daily read! This chapter’s genealogy can seem tedious and unnecessary, but if you dig a little deeper and perhaps use a commentary (which means you have crossed over from “reading” the Bible to “studying” it) you will find a fountain of blessings.
If you have followed me for any length of time, you know that Matthew Henry is my “go-to-guy” when I need help understanding God’s Word. Today, my Holy Spirit driven rabbit trail led me to Enoch. There were several delightful nuggets of truth to share but this one shouted to be first.
“All the patriarchs here, except Noah, were born before Adam died; so that from him they might receive a full and satisfactory account of the creation, paradise, the fall, the promise, and those divine precepts which concerned religious worship and a religious life: and, if any mistake arose, they might have recourse to him while he lived, as to an oracle, for the rectifying of it, and after his death to Methuselah, and others, that had conversed with him: so great was the care of Almighty God to preserve in his church the knowledge of his will and the purity of his worship.” Matthew Henry
You might just pass it off as an interesting tidbit, but I hope that the last sentence moves you past fact to faith. God will preserve His church. From the very beginning of what we know as Time, Almighty God, as Matthew Henry addresses Him, will have His way in His universal church of born-again believers. He continues to care for His people, the church. He preserves it by continuing to reveal His will to any believer who wishes to know and follow God’s plan. And He will reveal what He considers “the purity of worship” through every age, whether it is the dark ages, the Age of Enlightenment, or the present age of confusion. God know. God sees. God directs. Will you follow?