Enoch Walked with God: Why that Matters to Us

It is striking to read in context.


Genesis 5 is one of those chapters of the Bible that gives genealogical data. If we’re honest, it’s easy to gloss over these chapters because they tend to follow a similar formula: “When ____ was _ years old he became the father of ____. After… he lived __ years and had other sons and daughters.”

The biblical description of Enoch in Genesis 5:21-24 strays from the formula. Verse 22 adds one key phrase: “Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah…” (emphasis added). The other entries in this genealogical formula simply say a guy “lived x years after he fathered…”

But Enoch didn’t just live. Enoch walked with God. 

The end of Enoch’s story really strays from the formula. Every other guy in this list lived 900-something years and “died.” Enoch’s story was different:

Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him. (ESV)

Now that’s a different ending. That jumps off the page a bit, doesn’t it?

In a very short description of the life of Enoch, we’re twice told he walked with God. When we see something repeated like that in the Bible we know there is a heavy emphasis.

What does it mean, exactly, that Enoch walked with God? What was it that made him different from his fathers? What was different about the way he related to his creator? [Continue reading]