How often have you read something in Scripture and thought to yourself, “Why is that there?”
I ran across this passage the other day:
Genesis 5:21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
It comes about 2/3 of the way through the lineage from Adam to Noah in Genesis 5. No further explanation. No further detail. Only that Enoch is singled out as having “walked faithfully with God”.
Why is that?
In fact, only two men are written of in the entire Bible as having not died: Enoch, who “walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away”; and Elijah, who was taken when, “suddenly a chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between the two men, separating them, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven.” (2 Kings 2:11)
Why is that?
Two other notable places Enoch is mentioned is within Luke 3, on the lineage from Adam to Christ; and in the “hall of faith” passages of Hebrews 11 where it says, “It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. And it is impossible to please God without faith.” (Hebrews 11:5-6a)
Enoch walked faithfully with God. Enoch was taken away by God without death.
What can we learn today from Enoch?
What can we take to heart from Genesis 5 and Hebrews 11 concerning Enoch; and concerning ourselves?
Why is that there?