28 And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the residue of the people, and he wept…
29 And Enoch said unto the Lord: How is it that thou canst weep, seeing thou art holy, and from all eternity to all eternity?
32 The Lord said unto Enoch: Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them; and in the Garden of Eden, gave I unto man his agency;
33 And unto thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood;
34 And the fire of mine indignation is kindled against them; and in my hot displeasure will I send in the floods upon them, for my fierce anger is kindled against them.
My heart is broken for for the sadness of the world. I don’t watch much news, but the brief news I see usually includes another shooting, angry political rhetoric and blaming, people hating people…no wonder the God of heaven wept over the residue of the people. (Interesting side note—He’s talking to Enoch here about the people who were left on the earth, all the way down to today, after the city of Enoch was translated. We are the “residue.” That’s not very flattering, but it’s how we, collectively, act.)
Can you hear the sorrow in the Lord’s words. “I made them. I gave them agency so they could learn and grow and return to Me. I told them to love each other and keep My commandments. It was so easy. But instead, they hate and they disobey. Because mercy can’t rob justice, there will be a price to pay. And if they don’t come to Me, the price will be theirs.”
I wish we could stop acting like the “residue.” I wish we could just love each other and keep the commandments. It’s not about tolerating everyone’s choices or ignoring consequences. That’s not what the verse says. It says love each other and follow God. Still a need for rule and law and consequences. There is absolute truth and right and wrong. But very much a need to love each other and that can’t happen until we truly love God.