Enoch

This entry is part 286 of 332 in the series Inquiring Minds
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Why would more be mentioned biblically of Enoch who was only the seventh son of Adam than of his older brothers especially Abel and Seth who were considered righteous before God?

Enoch is mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 5:18-24, six verses. He is also mentioned in 1 Chronicles 1:3, Luke 3:37, Hebrews 11:5, and Jude 14. Of all of these references, the only ones that do more than mention him in the genealogy come from Genesis, Hebrews, and Jude. In total, he is mentioned in 10 verses.

Abel is mentioned throughout Genesis 4:2-10 where the Bible lays out the account of his murder. He is then mentioned in Genesis 4:26 by his mother when she bore Seth to carry on the godly line.

The New Testament mentions him in Matthew 23:35 as the first to die in the Old Testament, Luke 11:51 in a parallel passage, Hebrews 11:4 for the account of his murder, and Hebrews 12:24 because of his blood shed by his brother on the ground. All in all, he receives 13 versus.

Seth receives the least, nine mentions throughout the Bible. His mother mentions him in Genesis 4:25. In the next verse, Genesis 4:26, his name is mentioned as the beginning of a godly line where people begin to call on the Lord’s name.

Seth’s name begins the genealogy of Genesis 5 (Genesis 5:3-8). In this genealogy, he is mentioned a total of 5 times. He is also mentioned in the genealogy of 1 Chronicles 1:1. The New Testament mentions him once in Luke 3:38 in that genealogy as well. Almost all of the mentions of Seth do with genealogies. He is mentioned in seven verses.

Comparatively, Enoch receives the most mentions and verses in Scripture. But Enoch’s significance is that he is only one of two human beings who have never died. He went to heaven to be with God before death would take him. Only Elijah was the other. Because of his righteous life, God took him before death also.

He proved the Old Testament principle that sin leads to death. Because he lived a righteous life and walked with God, God took him before he would die. Abel was murdered before death could take him. He also lived a righteous life. And Seth began a godly line when people looked to God and called upon him.

All three were righteous, but only Enoch is the one to interrupt the genealogies that mention him because he walked with God so closely that God took him and he was not.

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