A Man Who Walked with God
Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. (Genesis 5:21-24)
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. (Hebrews 11:5)
The rule during the antediluvian age was death, therefore “and he died” is the oft-repeated refrain in Genesis 5. The phrase confirms that God means what He says, and says what He means (see Genesis 2:16-17).
There was one very notable exception to this rule. His name was Enoch, who did not die a physical death. “And he was not, for God took him,” the text tells us.
For 300 years Enoch had walked with God. When it was God’s time, He brought him home. The Lord credits Enoch and his faith for having been caught up to the throne. The earth was growing more and more wicked prior to the flood … apparently Enoch had hope and confidence that he would not see the judgment of God. In that sense, Enoch was a picture of the bride of Christ, which will one day be taken out of the world prior to God’s wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10).
The life of Enoch was a life that pleased God, as was 100% true of our Blessed Lord Jesus (John 8:29). His life serves as a tremendous example for us in these last days—days in which we too must walk by faith.
There is a cute story which dramatizes the beauty of Enoch’s life. A little girl was describing her Sunday school lesson about this man of God:
“It seems that every day God would come by and say to Enoch, ‘Enoch, would you like to walk with Me?’ And Enoch would come out of his house and down to the gate, and he’d go walking with God. He got to the place that he enjoyed it so much that he’d be waiting at the gate of his house every day. And God would come along and say, ‘Enoch, let’s take a walk.’ Then one day God came by and said, “Enoch, let’s take a long walk. I have so much to tell you.’ So they were walking and walking, and finally Enoch said, ‘My it’s getting late in the afternoon, I’d better get back home!’ And God said to him, ‘Enoch, you’re closer to My home than you are to your home; so you come on home with Me.’ And so Enoch went home with God.”
For Further Review
1. How does Enoch’s life speak to you? Encourage you? Challenge you?
2. What does it mean to please God? How can we please Him? Consider Matthew 22:35-40, Romans 8:7-8, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7 and Hebrews 11:6 as you think through your response.
3. Look up the words of the classic hymn “In the Garden” and think about how the words demonstrate the beauty of Enoch’s walk with God. Ask the Lord to strengthen you in your walk with Him.