We know even less about Enoch than about Abel. Compared with his contemporaries, his life was short; but his witness was powerful. “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” (Genesis 5:24)
To ‘walk with God’, as he did, is to live a truly holy life (righteous, compassionate and humble) in the midst of a sinful world (Micah 6:8). Such a life requires dependent trust, and is possible only by faith. “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) Merely to believe that God exists is not ‘faith’ in the Christian sense; the God that we believe in also wants to engage with us and to have a relationship with us. In other words, faith asserts that He is not only real, but good!
And this is the significance of Enoch’s translation (taken directly into God’s presence without dying). A relationship with God is more powerful than death itself; to walk with Him in this life is but a prelude to enjoying His presence forever in the next.
“I am always with You;
You hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with Your counsel,
and afterwards You will take me into glory.” (Psalm 73:23,24)