The Seventh from Adam

Enoch, the Seventh from Adam, said this:

Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.

To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among
them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all
their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

Little harsh there, Enoch. And yet, as much as he hated wickedness and called for judgment, he was a man who came so close to God that at one point, God just took him to heaven without dying.

It’s interesting to read this quote from Enoch that pops up out of nowhere. In no scripture in Old Testament or New is this quote from Enoch recorded, except in the Epistle of Jude.

All Genesis tells us of Enoch is this:

And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

It falls to probably the single most obscure book in the New Testament to fill in the gaps from one of the best recognized. Jude reminds us that Enoch was the 7th from Adam (Adam -> Seth -> Enos -> Cainan -> Mahalaleel -> Jared -> Enoch), and tells us furthermore that he made this prophecy.

Hebrews also speaks of Enoch’s faith, in the famed “Hall of Faith” of Hebrews 11, which makes it clear that “God took him” means that God “translated” him from this world to heaven, without death.

The Westminster Confession says, “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Apparently, for Enoch, it was as simple as walking with God.

Maybe it should be that simple for us as well…


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