Genesis v. 22-24, 27.

June 28, 2010

And Henoch walked with God: and lived after he begot Mathusala, three hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.  And all the days of Henoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.  And he walked with God, and was seen no more: because God took him … And all the days of Mathusala were nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and he died.

22-24. “Henoch walked with God”

St. Bede: “It is said, He walked with God.  He followed God’s will and commands in all things; God dwelled within him, possessing and ruling his heart, and without, he worked great deeds, following what the prophet says: I will shew thee, O man, what is good, and what the Lord requireth of thee: Verily, to do judgment, and to love mercy, and to walk solicitous with thy God.[1] And as Zacharias says: I will strengthen them in the Lord, and they shall walk in his name, saith the Lord.[2]

“ … And he was seen no more: because God took him.  Now this is most beautifully said, because he who walked first in this life with God, obeying His commands, afterwards walked when he was transferred from this life to another, where he might live in the greatest rest and happiness of flesh and spirit: nevertheless the faith of the universal Church holds that before the day of judgment, that is, when the coming of Antichrist is imminent, he will return with Elias to convert this world, to the extent that men’s hearts may be instructed and strengthened by the authority and teaching of such men to bear and overcome the persecution of that son of perdition; and that then, after they have consummated their martyrdom, they will share in the joys of immortal life, according to what the Lord says to John in the Apocalypse: And I will give unto my two witnesses, that is, martyrs, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred sixty days, clothed in sackcloth:[3] that is, living for three and a half years in great continence and struggle.  And a little later: And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast, that ascendeth out of the abyss, shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them[4] (In Principium Genesis II col. 30-31).

Cornelius: “You ask where Henoch and Elias are now, and what sort of life they lead?  I reply: the Fathers teach in common that they live in paradise” (Commentaria, p 128).

St. Augustine: “Henoch … is translated Dedication.  The transference of Henoch is a prefiguration of our dedication.  This is certainly already accomplished in Christ our head, Who rose again so as to die no more, but He also is transferred: but there remains another dedication, of the whole house, whose foundation is Christ Himself, which is delayed until the end, and the resurrection of all men, who will have to labor no more” (De civitate Dei, XV. xix.).

27. Mathusala

Cornelius: “He was the longest-lived of all mortals … He was born in the year of the world 687; and since he lived for 969 years, it follows that he died in the year of the world 1656, that is, the very year in which the flood occurred, a few days (seven, if we believe the Hebrews) before the inundation.  Thus St. Jerome [LHQG]” (Commentaria, p 130).

[1] Mich. vi. 8.

[2] Zach. x. 12.

[3] Apoc. xi. 3.

[4] ibid., 7.


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