“Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah. Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” (Genesis 5:21-24)
One thing in the Bible that people tend to ignore are the genealogies. Many find them boring and uninteresting. However they can be filled with some great insight. The above verses from the genealogy in Genesis 5 that lists the generations from Adam through to Noah’s three sons is one such case. I want to focus on just four words and see what we can learn from them an apply to our lives – “Enoch walked with God”.
Who was Enoch?
All that we know of Enoch is contained in the above verses and an apparent prophecy by him mentioned in the book of Jude. Other than that all you will find about Enoch in the Bible is his name in the genealogies of 1 Chronicles and Luke, and in Hebrews where we learn that he was taken by God without tasting death.
According to the text before us, Enoch lived at for 365 years and at least fifteen centuries before Moses, the traditional author of Genesis. This begs the question, how did Moses know that Enoch “walked with God”? I think that there are two very likely options which are probably both right.
Firstly that God told Him. Moses had a very special relationship with God. I believe it is entirely possible that God told Moses the things he needed to know and record from creation – and God was the only one there who could have told Moses how it happened – all the way through to the things that Moses had either personally learned from tradition or experienced himself (although God inspired Moses’ recording of the things Moses already knew too).
The second reason that I believe is also credible is that of tradition. Imagine having this kind of claim to fame, that you are not more, that God took you away, because you walked with God. What a testimony and a legacy to leave behind. The probability is that Moses knew this tradition, passed down from generation to generation through oral tradition, that God confirmed for him as He inspired Moses to write.
Walking Back and Forth
“Walked” translates the Hebrew halak that literally means “walked back and forth”, and describes Moses’ personal communion or intimacy with the Lord. It appears that Enoch’s relationship with God was not a private one that no-one knew about, but rather it was one demonstrated so publicly that others took note of it and told his story across generations.
Do you want to leave a legacy like that when you leave this earth? Do you want to impact your church, your community or your family for Christ that will lead people to say about you, “he/she walked with God” and for them to look to Christ as their saviour too? Then pay attention to Enoch’s life and testimony.
The reality is that no other person can see your heart, but they can watch your actions. No-one can hear your thoughts or what you say to God in your quiet prayers, but they can hear what you say to or about others. Jesus said in Matthew 5:16 that we are to let our lights shine before men, so that the world may see our good works and give glory to God who is in heaven.
As you walk “back-and-forth” with God, your visible life will influence others until Jesus returns. The question is, will it be a testimony that will draw them to Christ or repel them from Him completely.
Will you be an Enoch today?
Just a Thought!
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