The story of Enoch, which is found in Genesis 5:21-24, states twice that he “walked with God” (v, 21,24). This expression shows a life of holiness with a most intimate relation with the Lord. Enoch’s life was evidently in complete and beautiful harmony with Gods’s will. This holy man, “the seventh from Adam,” stands in deep contrast to the seventh generation of the Cainite line, Lamech, who added to the crime of murder the vice of polygamy (Jude 14; Gen. 4:16–19).
“Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah” (Genesis 5:21). After Methuselah’s birth, this holy person had a deeper understanding of God’s love to man through his own experience being a father. “After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years,” (v. 22). As never before, he was drawn to God, his own heavenly Father.
Enoch’s walk with God consisted not only in the contemplation of God but also in active ministry on behalf of his fellow men. And he looked forward to the second Advent of Christ, earnestly warning the sinners around him of the doom that awaited the ungodly (Jude 14, 15).
According to the inspired record, God’s man begat sons and daughters during this life of exceptional piety (v. 22) which is an evidence that the state of matrimony is in agreement with the strictest life of holiness.
The most significant event of the antediluvian era, which filled the faithful with hope and joy, was the translation of this holy man to heaven. He was translated “that he should not see death” (Heb. 11:5). This meant that “he [God] took away” His child without seeing death (v. 24). So far as we know, he was the only antediluvian believer not to see death (v. 24).
The translation God’s holy man was designed not only to reward the faithfulness of a godly man, but to confirm God’s future deliverance from sin and death. The memory of this extraordinary event has been mentioned in Jewish tradition (Ecclesiastics 44:16), in the Christian record (Heb. 11:5; Jude 14), and even in heathen fables.
God’s holy man lived three hundred and sixty-five years on this earth (v. 23). His exemplary life with its glorious climax testifies in our day to the possibility of living in a wicked world without being part of it.
In His service,
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