Genesis 5 is a very interesting chapter in that it’s dismal refrain, “and he died,” “and he died,” “and he died” is broken once, but only once. Today’s devotional will explain and give you a good hope. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Genesis 5:21-24 (ESV)
21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. 22 Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
“Enoch is a striking character. He is one of but two men of whom it is said in Scripture that he ‘walked with God.’ He is one of but two men who lived on this earth and went to heaven without passing through the portals of death. And he is the only one, except our blessed Lord, of whom it is written, “He pleased God.” He is one of the very few who lived before the Flood of whom we know anything at all. The days when Enoch lived on the earth were flagrantly wicked… He seems to have stood quite alone in his fearless denunciation of the ungodly and in his faithful testimony for God…. Though little is told us about Enoch, a careful examination of what is recorded suggests and supplies a wonderfully complete biography….
“The first thing implied in Enoch’s walk with God is reconciliation. A pertinent question is asked in Amos 3:3, ‘How can two walk together except they be agreed?’ Thus two walking together supposes agreement, sympathy, harmony. From the nature of the ease, it is implied that one of the two had been at enmity with the other and that there had been a reconciliation. So that when we say of any man that he walks with God, it implies that he has been reconciled to God. God has not conformed to him, but he has conformed to God.
“To walk with God implies a correspondency of nature. Light hath no communion with darkness. No sinner can walk with God for he has nothing in common with Him, and more, his mind is at enmity against Him. It is sin which separates from God. The day that Adam sinned he fled from his Maker and hid himself among the trees of the garden. A walk with God then supposes the judicial putting away of sin and the impartation of the Divine nature to the one who walked with Him.
“To walk with God implies a moral fitness. God does not walk out of the way of holiness…. The thrice holy God keeps no company with the unclean. ‘If we say that we gave fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth; but if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin’ (I John 1:6, 7). In a sentence, then, walking with God means that we cease taking our own way, that we abandon the world’s way, that we follow the Divine way.
“To walk with God implies a surrendered will. God does not force His company upon any. ‘How can two walk together except they be agreed’?… If, then, we would walk with the Lord, there must be a willingness and readiness on our part. ‘Take My yoke upon you.’ He does not force it on any!
“To walk with God implies spiritual communion. ‘How can two walk together except they be agreed?’ The word ‘walk’ suggests steady progress. It has been quaintly but well said, Enoch ‘did not take a turn or two with God and then leave His company, but he walked with God for hundreds of years. What a splendid walk! A walk of three hundred years! It was not a run, a leap, a spurt, but a steady walk.’…
“A…consequence of Enoch’s walk was his witness for God — see Jude 14 and 15. This is something which needs to be stressed. This order cannot be reversed, it is of Divine appointment. Before we can witness for God, we must walk with God….
“Having considered at some length the character of Enoch’s walk, let us in closing note two other things, the commencement and the culmination of this walk.
“It is not said that Enoch walked with God before his son was born, and the inference seems to be that the coming into his life of this little one God’s gift — may have been the means of leading him into this close fellowship. Such ought ever to be the case. The responsibilities of parenthood should cast us more and more upon God….
“After Enoch had lived on earth the great cycle — a year for a day — of three hundred and sixty-five years, God took him to Himself, as if to show that he was an example of a human being, who had fulfilled his destiny….
“God had translated him. We cannot do better than quote here from Dr. B. H. Carroll’s exposition of Genesis… ‘God translated him.’ This is an old Latin word, an irregular verb, and it simply means carried over or carried across. God carried him across. Across what? Across death. Death is the river that divides this world from the world to come, and here was a man that never did go through that river at all. When he got there God carried him across. God transferred him; translated him; God picked him up and carried him over and put him on the other shore. And walking along here in time and communing with God by faith, in an instant he was communing with God by sight in another world. Faith, Oh, precious faith! Faith had turned to sight, and hope bad turned to fruition in a single moment. The life of faith was thus crowned by entrance into the life of perfect fellowship above, ‘And they shall walk with Me in white’ (Revelation 3:4).’
“In conclusion, we would point out the fact that Enoch is a type of those believers who shall be alive on the earth when our Lord shall descend into the air to catch up to Himself His blood bought people ‘Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep (die), but we shall be all changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). Just as Enoch was translated to heaven without seeing death, so also will those of the Lord’s people who remain on the earth till the time of His return.” [Arthur W. Pink, Gleanings in Genesis I, (Chicago: Moody Press, 1922), p. 74-79]