“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. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away” (Genesis 5:21-24).
Only one other person in the Bible carries a similar testimony: “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God” (6:9). Powerful testimonies in a day when few did.
Something happened with the birth of Enoch’s son that taught him about his relationship with God, and Scripture describes it as a walk. This pictures a deliberate, consistent, ongoing companionship. It was so remarkable that God chose not to interrupt the walk even by death. Scripture teaches that “it is appointed unto men once to die.” Enoch and Elijah are the only exceptions. Something in the heart of God for Enoch called him straight from life to eternal life. Remarkable.
Those who come to faith early in life and live a long time may be privileged to know God personally for seventy years or more. “Enoch walked with God 300 years.” Hard to top that.
Lamech, the seventh son in the line of Cain, was an evil man. Enoch, the seventh in the line of Abel, was so godly that he never experienced death, demonstrating the power of a righteous legacy. Cain’s line was tainted from the beginning by the cruel murder of his brother, which he then sought to hide and excuse. Abel’s line was blessed by his holiness. The sins, as well as the blessings, of the fathers are visited upon the children to the third and fourth generation—and even beyond! Obedience accumulates. What a mandate for parents to walk in righteousness and resist sin.
One more testimony about this great man: “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death; and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was attested as having pleased God” (Heb. 11:5). How would you like your tombstone to read, “He pleased God? How would a person live to have such a testimony? How does one find that kind of favor with the Almighty?
Next question: What does that say about God, that people can live in such a way as to give God pleasure? God is not a distant deity with an iron-clad will that is dispensed with cold calculation on human robots. He is a Father who loves spending time with His children, and that time impacts Him, not just us. Some try to spend every waking moment in His Presence. Enoch chose to—for three centuries. Radical! The Creator of a million galaxies took pleasure in it. And He whisked Enoch home at the end of his earthly life!
The Book of Enoch, which is non-canonical (meaning didn’t make it into the Bible), is still quoted by Jude. What revelation this great, great, great, great grandson of Adam had about the return of Jesus. It also reveals his passion for godliness. I want to be like Enoch!