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 5:22-24)
For some reason that is not made clear, other than Enoch pleased God, the Creator “took him” and removed him from the earth. Like Elijah the prophet, he did not die like other men, thus fostering the belief among many that these two men are the witnesses of Revelation 11. And while that is what most emphasize when they think of Enoch, perhaps there is more to consider.
First of all, the name Enoch means “to teach.” Obviously, there is something about his life here on earth that was intended to teach others something of value. That he “walked with God” has always been understood to mean that he lived his life in the fear and service of God. That’s important to emphasize because he walked with God in an age when, morally speaking, things were deteriorating rapidly. Thus the writer of Hebrews comments, “For before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God” (Hebrews 11:5).
That is an important testimony to present to the world — that you pleased God. Paul exhorted the Colossians to “Walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him (Colossians 1:10). It is especially important in this age when, once again, mankind is walking contrary to the ways of God and blatantly ignoring His sovereignty. Interestingly, it is Enoch who prophesied what would become of those who rebel against the Almighty.
“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 1:1-15)
How awful and tragic it would be to be among those who are being judged for “ungodly deeds.” Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way. In Messiah we have the promise and hope of reconciliation to our Creator and the ability to walk with Him. Consequently, we can be among those “ten thousands of saints” coming with the Lord. So in this day of great trial and ungodliness, let us determine to please God with our life and walk with Him daily.
Blessings and Shalom,