Hebrews 11:5-6 (NKJV)
5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Enoch is a mysterious figure. We know he was Jared's son and Methuselah's father. We know he walked with God and God took him. We know he mysteriously disappears. The writer of Hebrews attributes this to his faith. Enoch never tastes death because his faith and relationship with God is so strong. The author uses this testimony as another witness to how God rewards the faithful.
Enoch reminds me of Hercules Posey and Ona "Oney" Judge, two people George Washington enslaved who escaped and were never found. Both of them were in Philadelphia at different times. Richard Allen the founder and first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church was an abolitionist. Allen was known to have used the AME network of churches to help the enslaved escape. Allen saw this as a divine calling.
For enslaved people death had more liberty than a life in bondage. Because Hercules and Oney had their connection to God through the black church, their faithfulness resulted in their freedom. They disappeared. God rewarded them.
We don't know much about the thousands of enslaved that escaped. But we do know that because they no longer, "tasted death," they were able to "walk with God" in life. We too must have the courage to escape from anything that is keeping us in bondage.
Lord give us the courage to escape from all that is holding us down. Lord let our walk with you increase everyday and will protect us from all hurt, harm, and danger. Make us like Enoch, reward our testimony. Make us like Oney and Hercules give us courage. In Jesus Name.
Questions for Meditation
How do I describe my walk with God?
What do I need God to deliver me from?
How will I diligently seek God?
Now pray in your own words that God would walk with you.