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Enoch walked with God

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch [Chanok] walked with God three hundred years… then he no longer was, for God took him" (Genesis 5:22-24).

The Hebrew word Chanok means dedicated (consecrated to divine service), established (consecrated), instructed; this word comes from the verb chanak meaning to dedicate, to establish and instruct. Enoch was instructed by his ancestors in the knowledge of God and about the Garden of Eden: "train [chanak] a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).

In fact, Enoch knew Adam for he was brought up 43 years before his death. His upbringing was the proof that he was accepted by God (Hebrews 11:5). Noah, Enoch’s great grandson, also walked with God, and was found just and upright in His eyes (Genesis 6:9), that is why he and his family were saved. Like Enoch, we are instructed to walk with God, and if we persevere till the end, we will have eternal life (Matthew 10:22).