Lent day 40: Who is Enoch?
Luke 3: 37 “the son of Enoch”
Methuselah’s father had a name meaning ‘Dedicated.’
The following verses are where Enoch is mentioned:
Hebrews 11:5 “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.”
Jude 14-15 “Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
Genesis 5:24 “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”
From these verses we see:
He walked with God
He pleased God
He did not die
He was searched for but was not found.
He completed what Adam failed to do, he walked with God. He did what Noah had done and what Abraham would do. Before we rush on, slow that down.
Enoch was I am sure walking by faith, something we hear a lot of today. But he was demonstrating an even more beautiful life, he was walking with God, an indicator of intimacy that God still waits from us today. It was this intimacy that pleased God. Even more so because life was tough for someone walking with God. Jude has his prophecy to the ungodly and we also know from the life Lamech that the environment Enoch lived in was one of sinfulness, arrogance and selfishness.
At a time when values were totally broken down and everyone did their own thing, when families were divided and the order that had been created was in chaos, there was a man who walked with God.
God ‘took’ the man who walked with Him. This was his reward. And whether we die on this earth or we are taken when He comes again, it is the reward for all who walk with Him.