Opinion

Walk with God

Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. Genesis 5:24

Try reading Genesis chapter 5 and jot down your observations. You will find several. Here are a few.

First, this is a written genealogy of ten generations from Adam, through Seth, to Noah. Among the recurring phrases is … and then he died.

God promised Adam and Eve that sin (disobedience to God’s commands) would introduce death into the world (Genesis 2:17). The serpent, ie. Satan, had lied to them that death would not result from their sin (Genesis 3:3-4).

This chapter’s repetition of the word “death” solidifies the truth that sin brings death.

A second observation are the long life spans. Methuselah, for example, lived 969 years!

Interestingly, in the Sumerian King lists, the longest reign is over 43,200 years! Scholars discovered that the Sumerians were using base 60 rather than our decimal base 10. So, if you divide by 60 you get remarkably similar ages before the flood.

After the flood, and by the end of Genesis, the ages have decreased to the point where Joseph lives to 110 (Genesis 50:26).

We can conclude that sin has not only brought death. Sin has also brought decay.

A third observation is the different language with Enoch. Enoch walks with God and is translated directly into the presence of God (Genesis 5:21-24).

Related, is to contrast Enoch, seventh in Seth’s line to Lamech, who is seventh in Cain’s line in Genesis 4:19-24. Cain’s genealogy in chapter 4 has parallels with chapter 5, both comparisons and contrasts.

Lamech, seventh in Cain’s line, is a polygamist and murderer; whereas Enoch is said to walk with God. The transition verse between the two genealogies, Genesis 4:26b, points out the role of prayer, specifically, the importance of calling on the name of the LORD, God’s personal name, in prayer.

The genealogies are clear enough: avoid polygamy and murder, instead call on the name of the LORD and walk with him.

In the New Testament, Ephesians chapters 4 to 6, the Apostle Paul picks up on this “walk” language urging believers in Christ to “walk” or “live” the life they have been called to.

While there are more observations on the genealogy in Genesis 5, let’s close with this one. This is not just the genealogy of Adam to Noah. This is the genealogy of Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah.

All throughout the Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, the genealogies are tracing the ancestors and associated stories for the coming Messiah.

God promised a deliverer as early as Genesis 3:15. None of these ancestors are the Messiah, but Jesus is coming, walk with him.