Genesis 5:22[a],24 “Enoch walked with God. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” What is the significance of these verses? Well, for starters, this is the first time since Adam and Eve was in the Garden of Eden that man kind walked with God. In the genealogy of Adam one after the other it says “he died.” Adam died. Seth died. Seth’s son died. And so on and so on. But with Enoch it’s different. It says, “and he was not, for God took him.” Enoch didn’t die, God took him up to Heaven.
The Hebrew verb for “walk is a “distinctive form that conveys the sense of an ongoing intimacy with God.” (ESV Study Bible footnote) That means that Enoch had a personal relationship with God. That is something that his forefathers did not have. He knew God and God knew him. In Hebrews 11:5 it says, ” 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 commended as having pleased God.” He did something right in the eyes of God. He did something that pleased God so much that he did not see death and that he was not found.
Although the Bible does not say exactly what Enoch did that pleased the Lord, I’m pretty sure it had something to do with faith. Enoch loved God, knew God, and followed Him. I want what Enoch had. I want a reason to not die. But most importantly, I wan to be commended as having pleased God. When my time comes I want God to say to me “Well done, thy good and faithful servant.” For I can guarantee you that’s what God said to Enoch. I hope that you feel the same way as I do.
Have a blessed evening.