Enoch from Cain’s Line
There is not much to say beyond what the scriptures record, but we do know that this Enoch continued Cain’s rebellion against God. We read of nothing good coming from this line. He must have been very proud of his father naming the first city after him (see last week’s study), and engaged in the same wickedness as the haters of God He must cringed when the other Enoch preached the message of God. Enoch, Cain’s son, represents all those who rebel against God, this includes the hypocrite too. Sir Walter Raleigh conjectures that the city Henocii or Heniochi mentioned by Pliny and Ptolemy took the name from this city Henoch (Enoch) which was rebuilt after the Flood to continue the rebellion against God. This is not unbelievable since we know that Noah’s descendents went on to build Babel.
Enoch from Seth’s Line
This man is included on the role of honour in Hebrews 11, therefore his life of faith can instruct us how we should live for the Lord. We will look at three aspects of Enoch’s life and character in this study.
1. Enoch Walked With God
“And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years” (Genesis 5:21-23).
He walked with God in his daily life. His was not a Sunday religion; instead he practiced and lived his faith at all times. He had continuous fellowship with God. This must include prayer as well as living by faith and devotion. The only thing that can sever such a relationship with God is Sin. We have to assume that Enoch did not involve himself with what was happening in the world of his day, but kept himself as pure as possible. We often think that it is not possible to live as holy as this, but obviously it is, and Enoch did not have Christ within!
2. Enoch Pleased God
“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:5-6).
Notice that it was Enoch’s faith that pleased God and that we can have a similar faith. He exercised genuine obedience to God’s will and word. This means that he sought to please God in all that he did and said. Enoch diligently and unconditionally sought the will of God in his life. He took the time to draw near to God, and it was at this place that God met him. His daily walk so pleased God that He rewarded him for his faith by taking him to Heaven without dying … “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Genesis 5:24). Paul uses the word “translated”, which is a type of rapture. Only Enoch and Elijah were taken to Heaven without dying first. The words “and he was not” has the idea that people searched but could not find him, just as they did for Elijah.
3. Enoch was a Preacher
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him” (Jude :14-15).
Enoch was not afraid to tell those around him about what God had revealed to him. He must have preached about the Flood Judgement that would soon come upon the earth, but there is obviously a reference here to the last days of world history. He, therefore, must have been a believer in the coming Messiah. Enoch cared enough to tell everyone about the danger of losing their souls for eternity. He spoke out against the ungodliness in society, and the false religion of that day. He denounced their daily rebellion against God. He would have reprimanded so-called believers for their lukewarmness and half-heartedness. This is evident in the fact that he named his son ‘Methuselah’ (when he is gone, judgement). Enoch diligently taught his son the word of God, and we know that he went on to teach the truth to his family. God allowed Methuselah 969 years to prepare the world for the judgement … “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
We can learn at least three things from Enoch’s life of faith which we too can put into practice:
a) It is possible to walk with God every day – no excuses.
b) We should endeavour that our faith pleases God.
c) We can faithfully proclaim God’s message to a fallen world.
This is the difference between the two Enochs. The first lived in rebellion against God, but the second sought to please and obey Him. This is really the difference between the saved and the unsaved today. The relationship that Enoch has with God can be ours too.