Enoch: and then he……..
Just a thought to encourage those doing the One Year Bible plan. Have you ever become frustrated as you read through chapters like Genesis 5, wondering ‘Why on earth is all this stuff even IN here?! Who cares who begat who then died?’
Hopefully you’ve noticed the kind of steady ‘rhythm’ to Genesis chapter 5, over and over telling the same thing: This person lived to this age, had a son, then lived some more ‘and then he died’. Why is it all there? Why is it written as it is? Well, I’m sure there are other reasons but surely one is that it highlights the great moment of verses 21-24. It makes it stand out and shout to us:
‘Enoch… walked faithfully with God! Then he was no more, because God took him away!’
One of the more ‘boring’ chapters of the Bible, Genesis 5, shouts out to us that in a world of monotony and death and hopelessness and despair, ploughing on headfirst towards God’s deserved judgement, it is possible for an individual to walk faithfully with God! And it even gives us a kind of foretaste of what is in store for those who walk with God: Death has lost its sting! Their lives will not end in death (though they will pass through it!)… They will walk with God forever in the new creation!
I came across the following little story:
There was a little girl who came home from Sunday School one day and her mother asked her what she had learned about. The little girl said, “We talked about Enoch.”
“Oh, you did?”, her mother asked. “What did you learn about him?”
“Well, apparently”, the little girl began, “Enoch was a man who used to walk with God. God would come by Enoch’s house every morning and say to him, ‘Enoch, would you like to go for a walk with me today?’ and Enoch would go with Him.
Well, I guess this went on and on for a really long time, and every day they would walk a little farther. One day, they walked so far and it got so late in the day that God told Enoch, ‘Enoch, we really walked a long way today, and it’s getting really late. We are a lot closer to my house than we are yours. Why don’t you come home with me.’ So, Enoch went home with God to His house.”
Keep on going with those readings… it all points to Jesus. God was going to send a Saviour Who would make a way by which we could truly know and walk with Him. And through the work of that Saviour we need never fear death… it has been conquered!