Meditate on Genesis 5:22-24 “After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether. Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”
In Genesis five we see a pivotal point occur in Adam’s lineage. The chapter begins listing out several members, their descendants, and how many years they lived before they died. And that seems to be all the information we get about them. That is until we arrive at Enoch.
God interrupts Adam’s linage to mention, not once but twice that after the birth of his son Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God. We also see that Enoch is the first descendant of Adam’s that escapes death. We don’t know all the details, but as we piece together the passage we can tell that things were one way for a really long time and then they changed drastically and abruptly when one man leads a different life.
God’s word contrasts Enoch’s life against the lives of the others during that time by putting an emphasis on the fact that he walked faithfully with God, and that by doing this he ultimately avoided death.
Don’t miss the foreshadowing here as God prepares the hearts of His people for a new plan. Jesus is coming with a new covenant through Noah. Noah enters the story just two generations after Enoch, but he too would carry the identity of a man that walked faithfully with God. Be encouraged today that our walk of faith is still paving the way for the following generations as we await the covenant fulfillment of Jesus’s second coming. A lot can change with only one life lived differently. We see that with Enoch, we see that in our own family lines today, and we ultimately see it beautifully and perfectly displayed in Jesus.
Prayer: God thank you for the example of these early people living a life of faith. Thank you for stories of faith like Enoch that show me that living my life for you can have a significant impact on those that come behind me. God let that reminder sink in and come to the forefront of my mind when I’m tempted to walk away from a life of radical devotion to you. Search my heart and reveal the places where I choose things that cannot satisfy me and that are not pointing others to you. Thank you Lord that you are my strength to change, Lord. In Jesus’ name Amen.
Application: Whether we realize it or not our faith has an impact on those around us. Think of two people in your sphere of influence.
Write down their name and pray for them to walk faithfully with God.
Take it a step further and reach out to them. You can share something that you’re learning from our study in Genesis.