Week 1: Day 5
“Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” Genesis 5:24
Adam to Noah: The Seed of Woman Marches On
Let us look a little intensely at the life of the former of these worthies, the shortest of all the lives, but surely the sweetest: “Enoch walked with God, after he begat Methuselah, three hundred years”… “He walked with God, and was not; for God took him.” This is one of those brief, impressive descriptions of true religion with which the Scriptures abound. Its holy and progressive nature is here most admirably marked. “Enoch walked with God.” He must then have been in a state of reconciliation with God; for two cannot walk together except they be agreed. He was what Paul infers from another consideration, a believer…. What an idea does it convey, also, of his setting God always before him, seeking to glorify him in every duty, and studying to show himself approved of him, whatever might be thought of his conduct by sinful men! Finally, what an idea does it convey of the communion which he habitually enjoyed with God! His conversation was in heaven while dwelling on the earth. God dwelt in him, and he in God!
“Enoch walked with God, and he was not; for God took him;” that is, as Paul explains it, “he was translated, that he should not see death.” This singular favor conferred on Enoch, like the resurrection of Christ, might be designed to afford a sensible proof of a blessed immortality, which, for the want of a written revelation, might then be peculiarly necessary… It is possible, also, that the translation of this holy man might be conferred in order to show what would have been common to all had man persisted in his obedience—a translation from the earthly to the heavenly paradise.
Andrew Fuller, “The Generations of Adam,” in The Complete Works of the Rev. Andrew Fuller, vol. 3 (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications, 1988), 23-25.
Connection with Newer Testament
For the Kids
Tell your children that you never knew your grandmother’s grandmother. She died before you were born. Tell them of ones you did know who they never knew because they died before they were born. Help them understand that ever since Adam and Eve, people have been growing up, getting old, and then dying (with just a few exceptions like Enoch). But, God is eternal, and he has given us eternal life in heaven for all who believe in Jesus.
- Praise God that through Christ, the perfect seed of woman, we will walk in the presence of God for eternity, enjoying full communion with him.
- What practical steps can you take to walk in reconciliation with God today? Which sins need to be repudiated in your life?