Enoch, Taken Away With God – My Daily Bread!
Our call to put our hope in the Lord is taken from Genesis 5: 21-24 which reads:
“Enoch walked with God, then he was no more, because God took him away.”
Whoa what a wonderful relationship Enoch must have had with God! His walk so pleased the Lord that God did not let him see death, but took him unto Himself. Not much is said about Enoch, but there is enough for us to know what God felt about him. He lived before the time of the flood and was the son of Jared. (Genesis 5:18) The Word also says “When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether Enoch lived 365 years.” (Genesis 5: 21-23)
When God took him and he was no more, no doubt those around understood what happened. At that time people were acutely aware of who God was and the impact He had on their lives. They understood what had happened in the Garden of Eden, how God was displeased with their ancestors Adam and Eve’s disobedience, for in this same section where Enoch’s story is told, the scriptures tell us what Lamech, (Enoch’s grandson) said at the time of the birth of his own son Noah: “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.” (Genesis 5: 29) So they were very aware of what the consequences of disobedience were for they were living it.
Enoch’s walking with God must have been something noticeable in his day. It’s obvious that he was doing something different from what others were doing. He is also mentioned in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11: 5-6. Listen carefully for here we see what it was that made God and Enoch’s relationship so precious that God took him home! It reads:
“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. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
This passage indicates important things that no doubt contributed to his special relationship: (1) he believed that God existed; (2) he had faith in God; (3) he earnestly sought to know God; (4) he lived a life that pleased God which was apparent to others and (5) he believed that God would be his reward. These things are what earned Enoch the distinction of being pleasing to God. His reward – God ushered Enoch into this Holy presence!
The significance of Enoch’s relationship with God was something special not only in his times but also in ours. For God in His grace gave us a picture of hope, a glimpse of what His ultimate plan was from the beginning for those who walk with Him – to unite us with him forever! What would God say about your walk? Is He pleased? Saints, our promise is the same today. If we walk with God, He will bring us into His presence! And like Enoch who experienced God in his life before God brought Him to Himself, we too can enjoy the presence of our Lord today and for all eternity. So walk in faith Saints of God and “Fear the Lord your God and serve Him. Hold fast to Him and take your oaths in His name. He is your praise, He is your God.” (Deuteronomy 10: 20)
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