And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Genesis 5:24
I love the lyrics from an old song we sang at church often when I was growing up. It goes like this:
What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, learning on the everlasting arms.
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.
What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms.
Enoch from Genesis in the Bible was 7th from Adam. Even though is seems this is certainly very close to the beginning of time, the world was evil and men and women lived ungodly lives. Enoch was a preacher. He warned them about judgement for their sins, he denounced sin and encouraged people to stop sinning. He spent time witnessing to others, but he spent even more time in the presence of God.
Genesis tells us he, “walked with God”. Enoch trusted God and His Word. Enoch tried to live a holy life. Enoch stood firm against ungodliness. Enoch was in fellowship with God. Sweet fellowship that trusted in the everlasting arms. Fellowship that brought peace and not fear because God was so near.
Come near to God and He will come near to you. James 4:8
Genesis 5:24 tells us that “Good took him”. This means that Enoch entered Heaven without experiencing death.
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for before he was taken up, he was attested to have been pleasing to God. Hebrews 11:5
Enoch’s fellowship with God was so divine that God just transported him right up to Heaven. I have said it before, God desires close fellowship with you. He wants nothing more than to spend time with you. The commentary in my Life in the Spirit Bible says this, “Enoch undoubtedly excelled in godliness.” It also says, “Enoch pleased God. His life, message and godliness so pleased God that god honored him by taking him away from the earth to be in His presence forever without experiencing death.” Don’t forget what the old song says, fellowship brings joy divine, blessed peace and no dread for tomorrow. All you have to do is lean on the everlasting arms.
Pastor Julia Scott