Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years and begot Enoch. After he begot Enoch, Jared lived eight hundred years and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years, and he died. Enoch lived sixty-five years and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. (Genesis 5:18-24)
Are We Enoch Ready?
Only two people are described in scripture who were taken by the Lord without death. The first was seven generations removed from Adam and the second was the great prophet Elijah spirited away on a chariot of fire in a whirlwind. It must have been an amazing experience to be transformed in an instant to the glory of God. Much is known about Elijah but little is said about the prophet Enoch. His place in divine history is a reference to the genealogy of Adam. The New Testament writer Jude refers to Enoch as the seventh from Adam. He lived to be 365 years old before being translated by the Lord. Luke lists the man Enoch in the genealogy of Jesus in his gospel. The Hebrew writer declares the faith of Enoch in his great chapter of faith describing how Enoch was taken up to heaven and disappeared because God had taken him. A hint of Enoch’s life is given that he was a man who knew God and was known by God as a faithful and devoted servant. Enoch pleased the Lord. God does not reveal His reasons for translating Enoch but he did. Finally, in his small epistle, Jude declares the fervent faith of Enoch as a man that prophesied about the judgment of ungodly men. Some generations removed from Enoch the world was destroyed in the flood.
There are two great lessons about the heart of Enoch. His life pleased God and Enoch was ready to go and be with the Lord at any time. Compared to many other patriarchs, Enoch was a young man at the age of 365. Adam lived to be 930, Seth died at the age of 912 and the son of Enoch, Methuselah, lived to the incredible age of 969 years. Enoch was ready to meet the Lord as a ‘youth’ in his day. It is tantalizing to consider how faithful Enoch must have been to bring God to point of extracting him from the wicked world he lived to the glory of eternity. What was the measure that moved the Lord to make such a bold decision? There are no answers but the faith of Enoch and his life so meshed with the will of God that the greatest blessing of life to evade death was granted to the son of Jared. He lived to be ready to meet God. Enoch purposed every part of his life that if he died at 145 or lived to be 1,000 years of age; his life was a pattern of righteousness that pleased the mind of God.
Enoch was not a lazy man. He was a man of courage who preached against the wicked hearts of men as the world grew dark in immorality, corrupt minds, and willful disobedience to God. His message of the coming of God’s angels to execute judgment on all who disobeyed the Lord and to convict the ungodly of their sin was heard by the angelic host and the Creator of the world. He was bold in his message and did not cower from the obvious persecution he would face. Enoch lived ready to see God with no regard for what men thought of him.
Not only did Enoch live ready to meet the Lord, but he also wanted to go and be with the Lord. It is easy to say a person can be ready to see the Lord but then find it difficult to leave the world. Enoch knew life would not last. Methuselah lived to be 969 years but the text says he died. All men die whether young or old. Enoch understood that one day he would die like all men and prepared himself for that day when he would breathe his last. This was interrupted by the plans of God and Enoch did not see death. God took him and he passed to glory without the pains of death. A little girl was trying to tell the story of Enoch and she said that God and Enoch were going for a walk one day and God said, “Enoch, would you like to come home with me today?” Enoch replied, “Yes, Lord.” And so he did. He wanted to be with the Lord. The reader would like to know how that event happened if it was like the chariot of fire and whirlwind or like Jesus who just ascended into heaven. Whatever the case when the day came, Enoch was willing to go and he did.
You and I must do two things: live to be ready to meet the Lord and to be willing to leave the world. The first part is necessary to enjoy salvation. Jesus often told His disciples of the need to watch and pray and always be ready for the coming of the Lord. Like a thief in the night, death will come upon all men and one day in the same manner the world will come to an end. If a man is not prepared to meet the Lord there will be no time to change. Most importantly, if God came to you today and said, “Would you like to go home with Me today?” – what would you say? Some might want more time to raise their children or enjoy their grandchildren. Many might want to finish their bucket list before leaving for eternity. There are a host of things people could say why they would like a little more time but when is a more important time than now to go and see God? Death is not to be feared. It is only the conduit to an eternal home prepared for the righteous. If the time has come for either death or the end of the world, can we not say, “Lord, come quickly”? We want to be with him and no matter how beautiful and marvelous this world is, there is nothing compared to what we will see in the eternal dwelling of God. Be ready. Be willing. Be an Enoch.