Genesis 5: All That We Know about Enoch

Genesis 5 is essentially a genealogy from Adam all the way to Noah. However, it is home to one of my favorite biblical figures. He is only mentioned for a few verses, but I think that he has something good to tell us about our reputation.

Let me start you out with the verses.

Gen 5:19  And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

Gen 5:20  And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.

Gen 5:21  And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:

Gen 5:22  And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

Gen 5:23  And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:

Gen 5:24  And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

We really don’t know very much about Enoch. We know that his father was Jared, we know that his son was Methuselah (who lived longer than any man in history) and we know that Enoch walked with God and was taken by God.

On occasion, I know that we sometimes use taken as a euphemism for dying, but I don’t think that is what we are talking about here. There is mention of death in verse 20, but using the cool notes in my computer Bible, I can tell you the Hebrew word in that verse is different than the one he used in verse 24. Something different happened there which may be along the lines of Elijah being taken directly to heaven without dying, but we don’t even know exactly how to Enoch was taken.

Ultimately, his whole life is summarized by the fact that he walked with God. Surely, if he was walking with God, he did some great things with his life, but we don’t hear about those.

While personally I would like to hear about those for the sake of completeness in this story, the same thing that mattered in Enoch’s life is ultimately what matters in each of our lives.

As Christians, we have a responsibility to walk with God. Everything that we can do on earth will fade away. Even if we are doing exactly what God wants us to do, it will physically fade away. A good example of that is Noah.

God commanded him to build that giant boat, so he was perfectly in line with God’s will. However, that ark fell apart. It was made of wood just like everything else and decomposed on top of the mountain.

However, that relationship that Noah and God built is still alive and well in heaven. That is what matters in our lives as well. God may have amazing things for us to do while we are here on earth, but in the long run, what really matters is whether or not we have that personal relationship with Him.

So, even though we really don’t know a whole lot about who Enoch was, isn’t that a great legacy? Shouldn’t we all strive to make sure that people realize that our life is defined by the fact that we walk with God?

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About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on July 27, 2012, in Genesis and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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