Tuesday, November 2, 2021
The Example of Enoch
“Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him” (Genesis 5:23-24 NLT).
When the 19th century was ending and the 20th century was beginning, there was a buoyant optimism. It was a time that Mark Twain described as the Gilded Age.
As a new century was about to dawn, a new philosophy emerged that humanity would somehow bring about Heaven on Earth, besting nature, and even God, through technology.
Interestingly, the latest in technology in that day was shipbuilding. And as a symbol of this new era, the White Star Line commissioned the building of the most magnificent, luxurious, technologically advanced ship ever known. They aptly named it the Titanic. Someone famously said that even God Himself could not sink it.
You know the rest of the story. It’s almost as though the Lord Himself said, “Let me show you what your technology amounts to when you dare to thumb your nose at Me and leave Me out of the equation.”
We find a parallel to this time in the Bible, a time prior to the judgment of God upon Earth through the Great Flood. There was a man who walked with God prior to this judgment who gave us a model for how to live a godly life in an ungodly world.
This particular man, whose name was Enoch, is an example of how to live as a last day believer.
The Bible also tells us that the Lord took Enoch before he actually died: “Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him” (Exodus 5:23-24 NLT). Enoch is a prototype, if you will, of an entire generation of people who will not see death but will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air in the Rapture.
It’s entirely possible that we could be that generation. At the appointed hour, Jesus will come again. But until that time, we should walk with Him.
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