Enoch walked with God, then he was no more, because God took him away. (Genesis 5:24, NIV 1978).
Musings of Others – “Walk” is the biblical expression for fellowship and obedience that results in divine favor. (Ross, A. P. (1985). Genesis. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 36). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books).
My Musings – There were no written scriptures to indicate what this “walk” should be. What we do know, is that after the fall, Adam and Eve “heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord.” (Genesis 3:8, NIV 1978). They hid because they heard Him, not because they saw Him. There were many creatures in the garden that the sound could have been attributable to, but they distinctly recognized that it was God making the sound. This implies familiarity, indicating that it was likely a frequent occurrence.
We are not explicitly told of what the fellowship between God and man was like before the fall, but somehow Enoch (the seventh from Adam) knew enough about it to learn how to walk with God all those generations later. I am reminded of a TV mini-series from the ’70’s called “Roots,” from the book of the same name, that recounted the experiences of a family of African-American slaves that were carefully handed down and faithfully remembered over multiple generations. This is likely how Adam and Eve’s walks with God in the Garden were passed down. And, of course, God “rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6, NIV 1978). At any rate, “Enoch walked with God.“
My Advice – “Then he was no more, because God took him away.” We learn (also in Hebrews chapter 11), that this means that Enoch “did not experience death.” God took him home with Him, “for before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.” God enjoyed his walk with Enoch so much he did not want to part with him.
A former pastor from my youth, as best as I can remember it, liked to tell it this way. One day God and Enoch were on one of their walks together. They were enjoying the walk so much that time got away from them. As the sun sunk lower in the sky, and the shadows lengthened, God said to Enoch, “we’re closer to my house than we are to yours, why don’t you just come on home with me?”
Wouldn’t it be nice to have such a close walk with God?
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