“And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” Genesis 5:24
Seventh from Adam – approximately 600 years before the Great Flood- Enoch disappears from Biblical History. Why? Twice Genesis Chapter 5 declares, he walked with God, “Enoch walked with God three hundred years” Vs. 22 and “Enoch walked with God and was not for God took him” Vs. 25.
Enoch lived in the Antediluvian Age, or the time before the Flood. After Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, Cain killed his brother Abel, and then the Lord God pronounced a curse on Cain as a vagabond and fugitive in the earth. The Bible says he went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in Nod, east of Eden. He took a wife, had children and built a city and the ungodly line of Cain flourished along with its inherent evil ways.
Within this context we have the Godly line of Seth – Adam’s third son to whom belonged the Promised Seed of the Messiah. Enoch found his place among these Antediluvian Patriarchs living during this increasingly wicked time. Enoch had a son, Methuselah meaning: when he is dead, it shall be sent; i.e, the flood; (root = to send;) Messenger of death. Certainly a name with great weight! God’s Grace, however, was still evident in that Methuselah lived 969 years, longer than any man in recorded history.
It is interesting in the discourse of just the first six chapters of the Book of Genesis, (though over many years) mankind descends into such an abominable state of being Chapter 6:5-6 declares, “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil. The Lord repented that He had made man and was grieved in His heart.”
Against this backdrop of depravity, we find Enoch. Scripture says he walked with God, not just a day, a week, a year or even a generation, but for three hundred years! What was his secret? Hebrews 11:5-6 gives us more light, “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. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. “
He, “pleased God” of which the Bible only speaks of one other person doing this and that was Jesus. How? Faith. No doubt, he was influenced by Adam’s generation, but with no recorded Scriptures, only by the faithful witness of others. Jesus said in John 20:29, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Equally, Enoch believed that “God is” as God declared to Moses in Exodus, “I AM that I AM”, meaning “to be”. (Exodus 3:14). He believed that “God was a rewarder” He looked for the promised Hope to come. What a great example of faith!
In Jude 1:14-15, we see Enoch’s boldness as a preacher of righteousness against the evils of his day, “Now Enoch…prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
Enoch “walked” by faith, as if he heard the rhythm of the Lord and walked in step with Him. He lived what he believed as a witness to others. He stood boldly against ungodliness in the world around him and God honored him by taking him to Heaven without seeing death. What an incredible testimony! May we all be challenged daily by this man to look at our own walk and testimony to the Lord. To believe that He is, to look for our blessed Hope and put our full faith in Him through Jesus Christ!