Enoch was the seventh generation from Adam. When God took him Adam had died 57 years earlier, Noah would be born 69 years later and all the patriarchs at that time were still alive – the old world’s destruction by water would not come for another 669 years. Enoch was a teacher and a prophet. His name means teacher and Jude tells us how he prophesied the Lords Judgment to a wicked generation. He seemed to be the first of a generation of preachers who the Spirit of Christ would use to call the people to repentance. Peter tells us that the Spirit of Christ spoke through these men to preach the heart of God -“ in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.” (1 Peter 3:19-20) The whole world before the flood apart from 8 people were destroyed yet the Spirit of Christ preached to these people at that time calling for righteousness. Peter tells us that these people had righteousness preached to them as well, but they rejected the truth.
Enoch – Son of Jared
18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch: 19 And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died. (Genesis 5:18-20 KJV)
Enoch – Father of Methuselah
21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and he begat Methuselah: 22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and he begat sons and daughters: 23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: (Genesis 5:21-23 KJV)
It was when Enoch had his son Methuselah that he started walking with the Lord. Often children will help us draw closer to God like it did with Enoch. It would seem that by the instruction of God that Enoch gave a prophecy through his son. Methuselah’s name means ‘his death shall bring,’ and its interesting to note that the year Methuselah died the flood happened. The fact that Methuselah is the oldest person ever recorded just shows the extent of the long suffering and patience of God. He waited patiently for all these people whom He loved in the pre-flood world but their wickedness demanded judgment. Our God is long suffering and desires that all repent and come to faith in Jesus, but it is against His Holy character to wait around in vain and therefore judgment becomes necessary, just as the judgment of the pre-flood world became necessary.
Enoch – Walked With God
24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. (Genesis 5:24 KJV)
“Enoch walked with God,” The word “walked” implies a moving forth, he was journeying and progressing with God day by day in his relationship. Young’s literal translation on this verse adds some light to Enoch’s fervent pursuit of God – “And Enoch walketh habitually with God,” he was living continually and persistently in God. God didn’t save me to keep me as I am, but to be gradually changed by Him.
Walking involves a distance and thus a duration of time. We are walking with God over a duration of time in life and as we walk with Him, His light will gradually reveal areas of our life that need changing. When they are revealed we can confess them to Him and continue our fellowship with Him. As we continue walking through life’s journey, we learn from Him and we are guided by Him and constantly changed through the power of His Spirit.
Enoch wasn’t walking after God but with God. I wonder, are there times in our lives that we go where we would not want God to be walking with us? Perhaps the most essential ingredient for holiness in our lives is more of a God-consciousness in everyday life. Gods invisible eternal presence is always there wherever we go but what we need is more awareness of Him. We need to lift our hearts towards Him and then we will see God more clearly – “for the pure in heart will see God” (Mathew 5:8) Lifting our hearts to Him is lifting our lives in obedience to Him . As Matthew Henry said, “what is godliness, but walking with God?”Llet us continue to walk closely with our God.
Enoch – Pleased God
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. (Hebrews 11:5 KJV)
So Enoch walked with God but his walk was a walk of humility because he knew he was nothing in the presence of God – “Enoch walked with God: and he was not.” When I see God and know He is with me in every moment nothing else matters in comparison, not even my own self.
In the same way God spoke to Enoch‘s descendant, Abraham and said, “I am your exceeding great reward,” (Genesis 15) He speaks to you and me and tells us that He is all that we need. He is the great I AM – “I Am that I Am,” for he is everything we need, God Himself is what we really desire. I want to delight in Him and He will give me the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:4) and my real desire is for God… to know Him and to dwell in His presence to behold the beauty of the Lord. Nothing else in the world matters not riches , not wisdom, not glories – “let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might , Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD.”
What everyman is searching for is God and when we know Him and our delight is in him we get the desires of our heart. The real desire of every man is to know and delight in the Lord. We understand and get that desire when we spend time delighting in Him. When, like Enoch, we spend time delighting in the Lord, we realize our position towards our Creator. That is when we realize that we are not. HE is the ‘I Am’ but we are the ‘we are nots.’ He is God and we are ’not.’ When I realize that I am not, I realize my position towards the Creator. Andrew Murray puts it this way, “to be nothing before God is the glory of the creature.” That is I am exalted when I am nothing, I am exalted when I show my the character of my Creator and I show the humility of my Creator by becoming nothing. In other words by becoming a ‘not.’ My desire is to be, like Enoch – to be nothing in the light of the almighty God.
Jesus humbled himself and become obedient to death on a cross and humility in us will lead to death. Humility is the “path to death.” Jesus now lives in us, the Spirit of Christ’s humility lives in us and wants to transform us in the image of Jesus. God took Enoch and he “was not,” in the same way, humbling ourselves means that we relate more effectively towards God.
Jesus is humility personified and if we become humble, our hearts will beat together as one with His. Jesus will lead us – His resurrected heartbeat should be dominating our lives as it vibrates through every area of our lives, transforming us and getting us into unity with His mind. His mind is a mind of humility – for “he must increase and I must decrease.” (John 3:30) Humility therefore is the path to death and as Andrew Murray puts it, “humility is the blossom of which death to self is the perfect fruit.” – for death perfects humility. I would like to die to self, just like Enoch.
Enoch – Prophesied for God
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard [speeches] which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. 16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling [words], having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. (Jude 1:14-16 KJV)
There’s something else that needs to be said about the meaningfulness of Enoch’s life, because we actually have a quote that came from the mouth of this little-known man. It’s a prophecy about God’s judgment against evil, found in Jude 1:14- 15:
“Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
This quote, from a man we know so little about historically, tells us everything we need to know about his heart morally: Enoch cared deeply about right and wrong. This prophecy doesn’t communicate the words of an angry, vindictive man, but reveals the heart of a man whose heart breaks as he considers the holiness of God and the evil of mankind.
Again, there are lessons for us to mine from Enoch’s life. First, vertical faith produces moral consciousness. Second, moral consciousness produces eyes that see wrong and a heart that cares about it. And third, when your life is shaped by moral consciousness, you leave a legacy of good whoever you are, wherever you live and whatever you do.