Who was Enoch in the Bible?

Man living at the time before the Flood

Enoch was an early patriarch who lived before the Great Flood, as recorded in the book of Genesis. He was the son of Jared and the father of Methuselah. Enoch is described as a man who walked faithfully with God, and he was known for his close relationship with the Lord.

The biblical account of Enoch’s life is found in Genesis 5:18-24: When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. After he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Jared lived a total of 962 years, and then he died. When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more because God took him away.

Enoch’s faithfulness and close relationship with God are further highlighted in the New Testament in 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.

Enoch’s life serves as an example of faith and obedience to God. He pleased God by his faithfulness, and his life was so pleasing to God that he did not experience death but was taken directly into God’s presence. Enoch’s story encourages believers to walk faithfully with God and seek to please Him in all things.

In the book of Jude, Enoch is also mentioned as a prophet who prophesied about the coming judgment of the Lord: 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’ (Jude 1:14-15).

Enoch’s life and legacy continue to inspire believers to walk closely with God, live lives of faithfulness and obedience, and look forward to the coming judgment and the return of the Lord.

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