Two stories occur in the Bible that has stumped and mystified generations. Two stories in which I have found many people cannot agree on the outcome. Two stories that are wrote and given to us in the Old Testament. According to the Bible, Enoch and Elijah are the only two people that have not experienced death.
It’s shocking due to the fact that 2,000 years ago Jesus came to save us. If we start there and add on some more time we are now in the days of Enoch and Elijah. These two stories of these two men take place in Genesis and 2 Kings. These two books are the 1st and 12th books of the Bible. It’s interesting to read about how two men could somehow escape deaths kiss. It’s interesting on another part due to the fact that Jesus Himself died. The great likes of Noah, Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Elisha, and John The Baptist have all experienced the death but two men got away.
Genesis chapter 5 overviews the genealogy of Adam down to Noah.
VERSE PASSAGE: Genesis 5:24 “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” – NIV
In verse 18 it mentions that Jared is Enoch’s father. Verse 21 states that Enoch became the father of Methuselah. Verse 23 tells us that Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Then finally verse 24 states that Enoch walked faithfully with God and then he was no more because God took him away. Three things here that are interesting. Enoch lived 365 years which is interesting to me how that lines up with 365 days of the year. Also in verse 27 of the same chapter the Bible tells us that Enoch’s son Methuselah lived a total of 969 years in which case cements himself as the oldest living person in the Bible. Last but not least, during chapter 5 after the Bible states how long a person has lived it usually ends with “and then he died” this is said 8 times in chapter 5. The only two people that the Bible excludes from that statement is Noah due to the fact that there was a story with Noah that would be told starting in chapter 6. That leaves Enoch.
VERSE PASSAGE: Jude 1:14-15 “Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” – NIV
Interestingly enough is that Jude tells of a prophecy that Enoch had spoken. This prophecy is no where mentioned in the Bible except for Jude. However, Jude had a niche for dintisguishing what was genuine and what was not from ancient stories. As this could have been read from ancient scrolls or a revelation given to him by God. Nonetheless Enoch has prophesied about the end times and the second coming of Christ.
VERSE PASSAGE: Hebrews 11:5 “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.” – NIV
By faith Enoch was taken. He was one who pleased God. I would advise all to read the following verse Hebrews 11:6. This verse has a strong connection to Hebrews 11:5.
Now from Genesis to Hebrews to Jude we can connect about twelve things to Enoch:
- He is tied to Adams linage through Adams son Seth.
- Adam outlived him.
- Enoch’s father Jared outlived him.
- He lived 365 years.
- He walked faithfully with God.
- His son is Methuselah which became the oldest living person in the Bible.
- God took him away.
- He did not die a human death.
- He is the great grandfather of Noah.
- Jesus linage runs through His earthly father Joseph which connects back to Adam through Seth which is the same as Enoch.
- His faith and walk in and with God prompted his supernatural departure.
- He prophesied about the ends times and the second coming of Christ.
In the next devotional we will look at the second man who did not experience death on this earth.
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