Who Never Died In The Bible

When the people of Israel were slaves in Egypt, it was a time in which many people passed on. Everyone who died back then, died because they were all enslaved by the Egyptians, who forced them to work all day and all night. There were also sacrifices made for the Egyptian Gods. People did not die out of natural causes, but many of them died from horrible deaths – the terrible things that happened to the people of Israel at that time were unthinkable and terrifying.

Nearly every single person who has ever lived and died is mentioned in the Bible. The only two people I can think of that are not written about are King David’s parents and the man who laid his golden idol in the temple (2 Samuel 12:1-7).

There are few individuals whose lives are of such interest to modern readers as those of the Jews who lived before, during and after the time of Jesus Christ. Most were far too well known in their own day to escape mention in the New Testament and subsequent writings by Christian authors. In fact, in many instances, it is their actions, more than those of Jesus himself that lie at the very heart of the gospel narratives.

There are many heroes in the Bible. David, who killed Goliath. Moses, who parted the Red Sea. Joseph, who rose from slavery to become a leader in Egypt. These men’s stories fill our history books and inspire us as we lead lives of faith today. But what about all the other heroes? What about all those who fought for God but never died?

Who Never Died In The Bible

In Hebrews 11:4, we see that Abel was declared righteous by faith since he came to God through the blood of Christ. Now we turn to the walk of faith with the life of Enoch. The Bible says very little about this man. All that we have comes from the genealogy in Genesis 5:21–24.

Therefore, what we know about Enoch is that he was the seventh patriarch in the line of Adam through Seth. When he was 65, he had a son named Methuselah. Enoch lived a total of 365 years, after which he mysteriously departed from the earth without dying. Considering all the information we do not know about this man; this doesn’t seem to be much of a biography. But the Bible tells us one vital fact that speaks volumes. Twice in Hebrews 11:5-6, we are told, “Enoch walked with God.” This wouldn’t make a bad inscription on a gravestone. It tells us much about the character and the pattern of this man’s life. Far more important than the job titles he held or his attainments in life was his walk with God.

Where do we find Enoch’s story in the Bible?

Gen. 5:21–24, “When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.”

Hebrews 11:5-6, “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”

Who Never Died In The Bible

“Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him” reads Genesis 5:22–24. Others listed in the Genesis 5 genealogy are clearly said to have died. But Enoch simply “was not, for God took him.” No explanation for why he did not die is given.

We read of Elijah in 2 Kings 2:11, “And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” Elijah had warned Elisha, who he was walking with, that he may be taken to heaven. And he was. Elijah, one of God’s most powerful prophets, did not die but was simply taken to heaven. Malachi 4:5–6 speaks of his return.

Some believe Enoch and Elijah are the two witnesses described in Revelation 11:3–12 and were taken in preparation for this role. There is no direct evidence that Enoch and Elijah are the two witnesses of the end times, though it is possible. Others think that Enoch and Elijah were spared death because of their faithfulness in serving and obeying God.

We can trust that God’s purposes for saving these two men from death, whether we understand them or not, are just and right. “This God—his way is perfect …” (Psalm 18:30).

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