Genesis 5: A great epitaph

“Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”  Genesis 5 delivers another genealogy with an interesting story tucked in the middle.  Between Adam and Noah, there’s a man who escaped death and went directly to heaven.  I’ve heard it preached that God did this because Enoch was somehow special, that he was so faithful and obedient God took him home early.  I disagree.  Noah was faithful, but God didn’t take him.  Other men and women in Scripture were faithful, yet God left them here to live out their lives and in some cases to die for their faith.  Was Enoch better than they?   I don’t know why God took Enoch home early, but I do know that those faithful believers God has left here on earth to live and die have had a purpose for being here.  Enoch wasn’t dearer to God than you or I.  But He walked faithfully with God, something we can do.  God loves us as much as he loved Enoch, and He has a purpose for us here.

Reading: Genesis 5