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Hebrews 11:5-6 By Faith…

on April 13, 2013

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.  And without faith it is him possible to please him. Hebrews 11:5-6a

Could you imagine having faith so great that you could escape death?  That’s what happened to Enoch.  I wanted to find out more about Enoch, so I went all the way back to the beginning in Genesis 4 and 5.  It was a little confusing because there were two Enoch’s–of all names.  Cain–the brother slayer, who left the Lord’s presence to live in the land of wandering–had a son named Enoch.  They built their own lives apart from God, living to honor themselves.  But there was another Enoch!  

Adam and Eve had a son after Abel’s death named Seth and several generations and hundreds of years later Enoch was born into this lineage of people who called upon the name of the Lord.  We are only told a few things about Enoch in Genesis 5:21-24:

  1. At 65 years of age he fathered Methuselah
  2. For the next 300 years, he fathered other sons and daughters
  3. Twice we are told that Enoch walked with God.
  4. At 365 years of age, God took Enoch off the earth, never to be seen again.

The main thing we know is that Enoch walked with God, which can also be translated, Enoch pleased God.  And since we know that without faith it is impossible to please God, we can deduct that Enoch was a man of great faith.  To walk with someone, we have to be near them.  To draw near to someone, we have to believe that they exist.  Faith is the foundation of a life devoted to being near to God.

Those who walk with God are taken from life to eternal life!  And only God has the authority to give and take life.   He can do it whenever He pleases.  Interestingly, Enoch was fairly young by cultural standards when God took him.  He was only 365, while others listed in this genealogy lived an average of 920 years.  Just because someone’s life on earth ends early, does not mean that God was displeased with them–it may mean just the opposite!

One thing is certain, Enoch was known for walking with God.  At the end of this life, by God’s grace, may this one thing be said of me, “She walked with God.”

2 responses to “Hebrews 11:5-6 By Faith…

  1. Sammy says:

    Good post and well written. I learned something new today. Thank you and God bless

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