Bereishit

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“Chanoch walked with God; then he was no more for God had taken him.”
~ Breishis 5:24

The Torah lists mankind’s genealogy from Adam to Noach. For almost everyone, it writes literally that each person died. Only Chanoch’s demise is written figuratively.

Why?

Because he was taken before his time. Although Chanoch righteously “walked with God”  his resolve was lacking. Due to the weakness of his convictions he would undoubtedly go astray, so God kindly “took him”  before he messed up.

We don’t have such luxuries. We have to courageously live by the strength of our convictions.

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