When Enoch was sixty-five years old, he had Methuselah. Enoch walked steadily with God. After he had Methuselah, he lived another 300 years, having more sons and daughters. Enoch lived a total of 365 years.
Enoch walked steadily with God. And then one day he was simply gone: God took him.
-Genesis 5:21-24 (MSG)
Enoch’s short mentioning in this genealogy listing is interesting. Verse after verse, the wording verbatim is, “When _____ was __ years old, he had _____. After he had _____, he lived another __ years, having more sons and daughters. _____ lived a total of __ years. And he died.”
Not the most exciting read, but OK. But when we come to a guy named Enoch, Moses (the author of Genesis) recorded that Enoch walked with God. And then, God just took him directly to Heaven. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Just go to Heaven. Wow.
What an incredible life this man must have lived to leave an impression like that on Moses. Enoch was so close to God, so in love with him, that he literally was following his every move. In other words, Enoch really did “walk the walk.” And God apparently was so enamored with this man’s life that he simply took him home, bypassing the death that we all deserve.
I too hope that one day others will look back on my life and say “Nick walked steadily with God.” What an honor.