Genesis 5:24 says “Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him”.
Not too much is said about Enoch, he is mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments. His name appears in Genesis, Luke, Hebrews and Jude. Enoch along with Elijah are the only two men mentioned in scripture that did not experience death.
The word “walked” as it is applied to Enoch, means that he conducted himself in a way that pleased God. Back to our question, how did Enoch walk (conduct himself) so that it pleased God? The answer is found in Hebrews 11:5 “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God”. We see here it was a walk of faith.
To further understand Enoch’s walk of faith, notice Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. We understand by these words that Enoch was listening to God. However, faith that pleases God, is more than just listening to what he says. It also involves doing what he says. James 1:22 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves”.
Enoch lived before the great flood in which God destroyed the world. A time when God said, “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” Genesis 6:5. That was not a good environment to live in, especially for a righteous person.
Notice the words of Jude 14 and 15. “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, 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”. I call to mind the words of Jesus in Mark 8:38 “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels”. Enoch was not ashamed to preach about the judgment that God would bring upon those living in his time. We see Enoch’s walk with God was a continual faithfulness, in spite of the whole world being filled with wickedness and unrighteousness. To walk with God, we humbly follow his will, not the ways of the world.
Does God expect any less of us today? Absolutely not! God expects us to walk in a way that pleases him today. Paul said this to the Colossians, “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” Colossians 1:10