For the next few weeks of Meditation Mondays, I plan to share passages about different bible characters that are known for the faith. The study will cover some of my favorite bible characters as well as learn about some less known characters. I hope you will enjoying reading about some Heroes of Faith and hopefully strengthen your own faith.
Today’s study discusses Enoch. There is not much we read about Enoch. He’s introduced to us in Genesis 5 “Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” Genesis 5:21-24. While this passage introduces us to Enoch, it also tells us that Enoch walked with God and also that God took him.
In Hebrews we read more details about the circumstances of God taking Enoch. “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” Hebrews 11:5-6. It’s explained that Enoch did not see death and that he was taken by God because of his faith and that he pleased God. The passages continues to explain that without faith it’s impossible to please God (v.6) “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” From this passage of faith, we can understand that “Enoch walking with God” meant that Enoch believed in God and diligently sought Him.
Enoch’s name appears in the lineage of Christ in Luke – “the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Cainan, the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.” Luke 3:37-38.
In Jude Enoch is referred to as the seventh from Adam, “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” Jude 1:14. This passages distinguishes him from the Enoch mentioned earlier in Genesis 4:7, that was the son of Cain. We also read again about Enoch’s faith when he’s referenced of prophesying about judgment coming to all and conviction of the ungodly.
While the bible only shares a few details about Enoch, what we read about him is the most important and influential thing that can be said about anyone – “he walked with God”. As we dig more into his life, we can understand that walking with God involved Enoch’s faith and pleasing God. As a Christian, that should be the goal of our lives that we walk with God, please Him by our belief and diligently seeking Him. What a beautiful and powerful legacy to leave and a great example of faith that Enoch left for us. May we all live our lives as Enoch did by walking with God.
Thanks for reading. Blessings
Until next time,