Genesis 5:24 and Hebrews 11:5 both briefly tell the story of Enoch and how he was a pattern for Christ.
Enoch “walked with God.” Several thousand years after Enoch, the prophet Micah would write about what the Lord required of a human being: To do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly with his God. Several hundred years after Micah, Jesus would echo this tripartite theme in his critique of the Pharisees (Matthew 23:23) when He told them they had neglected the important provisions of God’s law: justice, mercy, and faithfulness. Faithfulness, of course, referred to the “walk with God.”
Enoch “was pleasing to God.” If Enoch was pleasing to God, how much more Jesus was! Jesus was “the Righteous One.” Enoch, even though he was among the best of us, was still one of us – that is, one who had sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Jesus was God’s sinless, beloved Son in whom He was well-pleased!
Enoch “was taken up.” This is an enigmatic expression, leaving us uncertain of its complete meaning. Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:13 that no one had, as of that time, ascended into heaven, so we know Enoch did not take up residence there when he was “taken up.” But we can assume that his experience at death was far more pleasant than was customary (e.g. disease, foul play, old age). Jesus was “taken up” in a way that no one had ever been taken up before. He was raised from the dead, never to die again. He was ushered fully into heaven and seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Enoch was great in the sight of God, but Jesus was infinitely greater. When Jesus was taken up, it meant the whole human race would eventually be going up with Him!
Nevertheless, as a type (a foreshadowing), Enoch helps us to “see” Jesus.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.