All we really know about Enoch is in two passages of scripture, Genesis 5:24-24 and the following from Hebrews.
Hebrews 11:5 NIV By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
The book of Jude says that Enoch was also a prophet.
Jude 1:14-16 NIV Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.
Enoch and Elijah are exceptions of all human beings in that, it is recorded that they went directly to heaven without experiencing physical death.
2 Kings 2:11-12, 16-18 NIV As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two. “Look,” they said, “we your servants have fifty able men. Let them go and look for your master. Perhaps the Spirit of the Lord has picked him up and set him down on some mountain or in some valley.” “No,” Elisha replied, “do not send them.” But they persisted until he was too embarrassed to refuse. So he said, “Send them.” And they sent fifty men, who searched for three days but did not find him. When they returned to Elisha, who was staying in Jericho, he said to them, “Didn’t I tell you not to go?”
Christians go into to God presence but only after death.
2 Corinthians 5:6-8 NIV Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
There is very little written in scripture about this man Enoch the only other mention of him is when he is included among the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11.
Hebrews 11:5-6 (NLT2)5 It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God.6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Enoch was whisked away, spared the pain of death and transported immediately to God’s side, all because of one simple thing: He pleased God. Enoch walked with God.
If we're honest we have to admit, I know that I do, I don’t always walk with God. I take a stand for God — believe the right things and make it known. I may walk after God. And sadly, sometimes I run ahead of God, make my own plans and then say, “Oh yeah. By the way God, do ya mind blessin’ these plans? I made them in Your name. I may have forgotten to consult You in the midst of them, but they are for You, alright?”
Choices present themselves, the world screams, our flesh gets in the way and we want revenge or glory … so we often lack faith, and instead try to control our own destinies. When we do this we indicate that we don't really trust God. We mess up the walking with God part with our very own hands and hearts.
Walking with God means we daily give up our desire to navigate our own lives, and we place our faith in Him. We admit He knows what’s best for us and realize He might not always reveal the hows and whys until the very last second. God is seldom early, but never late. Only day-by-day faith-walking pleases God.
Enoch draws a lot of attention because of the mystery surrounding him and the speculation as to how and why God took him. The Bible doesn’t say so instead of trying to figure out things that have not yet been revealed we should just follow Enoch’s example of walking faithfully with God and seeking to please him.
Dear Lord, Show Me How To Walk Step By Step With You In Faith — Not Ahead Of You Or Behind You, But Right By Your Side. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Editor’s Note: Some content from A Prayer For The Long Walk Of Faith by Karen Ehman