by Kristen C. Strocchia
“When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” Genesis 5:21-24
Five generations after Seth, Enoch was born to Jared. At age 65, Enoch is listed as one of the younger men of the first generations to become a father. His name meaning dedicated, amongst other things, seems to fit him very well. For the next 300 years after becoming a daddy, Enoch walked with God. This is God’s description of Enoch, not Enoch or another human being’s description of himself [2 Timothy 3:16].
Now faithfully has been added to the NIV translation to help English speakers understand what the original language intended to convey. The obsolete definition of faithfully seems to fit best here–full of faith; faith being absolute certainty in what you hope for but cannot see. Enoch didn’t see the Creation of the world, though he could’ve known Adam for 208 years. Enoch didn’t see the promised redemption for sixth-great-granddaddy Adam’s explanation of sin in the world [Genesis 3:15]. Enoch never knew his murdered fifth-great-uncle Abel and maybe never knew his fifth-great-uncle-Cain, the first murderer in history who moved east and built a city–named after his cousin-many-times-removed who was also named Enoch–in defiance to God. Seth’s descendant Enoch never had a Bible and never darkened the door of a church. He never kept one Levitical law. He just walked day in and day out with God.
And he was so full of faith–his absolute certainty that walking with God was the only way to live life–that after only 300 years of being an earthly father, God ushered him home to be with Him, the Creator and Heavenly Father of all.
The plan of Redemption.
Cain rejecting God.
Enoch choosing God. Rapture.
The overview of the first five chapters of Genesis is like a microcosmic version of eternal reality. Faith in Christ is this simple. Enoch didn’t live a religious or legalistic life. God did not say of him, as He will say of some, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” [Matthew 7:23]. Knew–as in relational experience. Enoch didn’t just know facts about God or how to do things the way God wanted them. Enoch had a close interpersonal relationship with God the Creator, his Lord and Redeemer.
So much so that Enoch never tasted death. He was raptured.
Do you have a personal relationship with God? Will God say of you at the judgment that you have walked with Him–full of faith?