by Harley Howard

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THE BOOK OF HEBREWS CHAPTER 11:5-19 (17 of 24)
Harley Howard

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.

This is one of the greatest characters in the entire
bible, even though so little is written about Enoch.
Actually, the writer in these verses pertaining to
Enoch, uses the Septuagint version of the Old
Testament. Now turn to Genesis 5, beginning at verse

Genesis 5:22,24
22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah
three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

Enoch walked together with God, in a relationship with

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

It was reiterated again of Enoch's relationship with
God and then he was not. In other words, he did not
die as the other men listed in the genealogies,
because God took him. This expression, "God took him"
means that God took him by the hand, or that God took
him away. This language is so precious and it revealed
that in the midst of death, there was a man who
trusted in God, whose relationship with God was so
rich and so pleasing to God, that He did not allow his
friend to die a physical death, but took him by the
hand and brought him directly to Heaven.

Now go back to Hebrews 11:5. The text says that Enoch
was TRANSLATED that he should not see death. Enoch
was, changed, removed to another place, taken up from
the earth and not allowed to suffer death. In fact,
the text states that he could not be found anymore
because God had removed him from this place to
another. He took him from earth and brought him to
heaven. Why? Before his removal from this earth, he
bore witness by his life that he was he was well
pleasing to God. The verb tense indicates that he
always pleased God in every way. His pleasing God was
the fruit of his faithf ...

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