Monday, 31 January 2011

living or walking?

Compare these verses:
When Jared had lived 162 years,
he became the father of Enoch.
After he became the father of Enoch,
Jared lived 800 years and had other sons & daughters.
Altogether, Jared lived a total of 962 years,
and then he died.

(Genesis 5:18-20)

with these ones:
When Enoch had lived 65 years,
he became the father of Methuselah.
After he became the father of Methuselah,
Enoch walked* with God 300 years and had other sons & daughters.
Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years.
Enoch walked* with God;
then he was no more, because God took him away
.
(Genesis 5:21-24)


Jared is typical of all those mentioned in the genealogy in Genesis 5. They live and they die.

Enoch is different. He doesn't just live. He walks with God and then, he doesn't die!

When I am gone, I would like people be to be able to say,
"She walked with God. She walks with God".
What about you?


* The new version of the NIV adds "faithfully" at these points (as you will see if you follow the linked reference). I have quoted from the 1984 version of the NIV. I think using the word "walked" says implicitly what they have made explicit in the new version and that is the point of the contrast between the words "walk" and "live". "Walked" creates a mind-picture of togetherness. It is sort of shorthand for "lived faithfully". I like that subtlety.

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