Very few people would be able to recall who Enoch was and what he did. This seventh generation descendant of Adam was one of only two whom God “took.” He did not feel death as humans usually do. Genesis 5:25, “Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” He was the father of Methuselah and great-grandfather of Noah. Enoch’s favor with God was not an exceptionally long life. His father lived 962 years and his son, Methuselah, lived 969 years. Enoch only lived 365 years before God took him. So what did this walk with God include? In Jude 1:14-15, it is revealed that he was a prophet. He told of the time Christ would return. In Hebrews 11:5-6, we find that “he pleased God” and “by faith he was taken up so he would not see death.”
Other men are noted for being close to God. Genesis 17:1, “Abraham walked before God.” Deuteronomy 13:4, Israel walked after God. Colossians 2:6, Paul walked in God. Enoch walked with God. God loved His creation. Adam and Eve actually heard God walking in the garden in the cool of the evening.
What does Enoch’s life mean to the Christian? He was a baby and a child who grew up and lived through his teen years. He loved, married, and became a father. He overcame the bumps and pains of life and pleased God. Christians must imitate these actions. We cannot actually walk with God, but we can pray to Him often and meditate on the word that tells us about God.
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