So, I’m reading a little Genesis this afternoon and it’s all, “This dude fathered this guy and this man made this baby who had more babies….” and all the sudden this man named Enoch is snatched. Into Heaven. Because God and him and like total BFFs. WHAT?! Amongst a bunch of boring who-fathered-who hoopla, Enoch disappears. Here are the verses:
Genesis 5: 20-30
“20 Altogether, Jared lived 962 years, and then he died.
21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah.
22 And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters.
23 Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years.
24 Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech.
26 And after he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters.
27Altogether, Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died.
28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son.
29 He named him Noah and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the LORD has cursed.”
30 After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters.”
Um…excuse me? Bible? Is that it? Is that seriously all you’re going to tell us about Enoch? How did he walk with God? Did he just love him so much more than everyone else? Why didn’t God let him die first like everyone else? Did he make God laugh? Was he good at Scrabble? What would that be like? To just be walking along and taken into Heaven. Did they have a conversation about it first? Maybe God asked Enoch if he wanted to move upstairs with him. Maybe Enoch had to think about it and talk it over with the fam.
What are you doing up there, Enoch? It’s been so long. Have you just been chilling out with the big man watching the world turn? Observing as your great-grandson builds an ark and bein’ all, “Hey! God! You should make a rainbow at the end of all this to make everyone feel better. That would be rad.”
I know God loves everybody and all, but I wonder…is Enoch God’s best friend? I mean, there is Jesus, but Jesus is his son. They are a different kind of friends. And why don’t more people name their kids Enoch? Seems like a nice thing to do. This guy’s last name is Enoch. Remember him? From How To Get Away With Murder?
I wonder if my husband will go for Enoch with baby number two (WHO DOES NOT EXIST YET, MOM).