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Monday, May 12, 2008

Genesis 5:24

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

For further study - Genesis 5:1-32

I can imagine what you are thinking right now. "We are going to read a genealogy for our devotion today?" You are right - that is exactly what we are going to do. May I suggest to you that there are many things to learn from genealogies.

Our extended reading for today is the whole of chapter 5 of Genesis, which is the second genealogy already in this first book of the Bible - the first being in chapter 4. This genealogy is unique for a number of reasons. The fact that it starts with the first man, Adam, and goes through 1,500 years of history, all the way to Noah, is impressive but also very informative.

In addition to the man God created on the sixth day of Creation on the list, there is also mention of the man who lived the longest of anyone on earth before or since those ancient times. Methuselah lived for 969 years before he died which helps us to know that he was alive while Adam was also still alive.

It is also interesting to note that for each individual listed in the genealogy, it includes his life of fathering the next generation and the phrase, "and he died."

There are two exceptions to that description of the end of each father's life. The last verse of our extended reading, verse 32 is one. This is true of Noah who has three sons - Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The verse tells us that Noah was 500 years old.

In 100 years, the Flood would come upon the earth, Genesis 6:7-8. This would happen when Noah was 600 years old, Genesis 7:6. Noah would live 350 years more before that statement, “and he died”, could be applied to him, Genesis 9:29.

The other exception in the genealogy of not having "and he died," applied to him is Enoch, verse 24. There is no place in the Bible or in secular history for that matter to say that Enoch ever died.

Enoch is still alive, now, for more that 4,700 years. Enoch is one of two men that lived on earth and never died. The other is Elijah, II Kings 2:11. Enoch is a man that walked with God while here on earth. The book of Jude in the New Testament tells us he was a great preacher, Jude 14.

Since the Bible said it is appointed for a man once to die and then the judgment, Hebrews 9:27, I believe that Enoch will come back to earth as one of the two witnesses during the Tribulation Period, Revelation 11:3-12. He will be killed, be laid in the streets of Jerusalem for three and a half days, and then be resurrected and taken to heaven.

The other witness during that time will be the other prophet who has never died here on earth - that is Elijah, as foretold in Malachi 4:5. Enoch was a Gentile and Elijah was a Jew - there would be one each for the Gentiles and the Jews left on earth during the terrible time of judgment.

Bible prophecy reveals that these days could come soon. Keep looking up!

PRAYER THOT: Help me to walk with God as Enoch walked with God.