Genesis 5:1-17

January 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Posted in Bible Study | Leave a comment
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For this week’s study, we’ll begin looking at Genesis 5:

This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created. When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth. Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died. Seth lived one hundred and five years, and became the father of Enosh. Then Seth lived eight hundred and seven years after he became the father of Enosh, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years, and he died. Enosh lived ninety years, and became the father of Kenan. Then Enosh lived eight hundred and fifteen years after he became the father of Kenan, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years, and he died. Kenan lived seventy years, and became the father of Mahalalel. Then Kenan lived eight hundred and forty years after he became the father of Mahalalel, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days of Kenan were nine hundred and ten years, and he died. Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Jared. Then Mahalalel lived eight hundred and thirty years after he became the father of Jared, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred and ninety-five years, and he died. (Genesis 5:1-17)

First off, let me say that I used to cringe in fear when it came to genealogies. Whenever I got to a passage in the Bible that listed the “begats”, I would gloss over them in order to get to the more exciting parts. As I’ve grown in my faith, I’ve realized that the genealogies play an important role in the history of Christianity as well as in studying the scriptures. These men and women in the genealogies do a few things for us. First, they give us a physical history for mankind. We can trace the history of man all the way back to Adam. Not only that, but these genealogies give us a historical anchor for the Lord Jesus. We can trace the ancestry of Jesus all the way back to Adam. We know that He existed because the genealogies give us the information. The genealogies also help us with explaining different events in the Bible. We can see whose children did what and what came about because of them (as in Ishmael and Isaac). One other thing that the genealogies help us with is the age of the earth. While many look for excuses not to trust the genealogies, we have been given nothing in scripture that would cause us to doubt them. The lineage of people from Adam to Abraham to his children give us the basic timeline of the earth. If we read the genealogies as they are written, understanding them to be true and without gaps, then we have a young age for the earth.

I may be the only one, but the genealogies also just overwhelm me. Think about it for a minute. If you take the ages of the men listed in Genesis 5 and lay them out, you see some interesting things. Take a look:

Do you see it? Noah was alive at the same time as Adam’s grandson Enosh! And, Lamech (Noah’s father) was alive while Adam was still around! To me that’s amazing….it’s eight generations of sons and Lamech could have talked directly to Adam himself. It is just amazing! In all, the genealogies show us that while the world was getting worse, there were still men and women who called on the name of the Lord. It is important to remember that this is the line of Seth and not Cain. It was with Seth that men began to “call on the name of the LORD”. Another thing that is important to take note of in this week’s passage is that all of the men listed died. This was ordained to happen because of Adam’s sin. It was God’s judgment on sin that was being upheld. It is important for us to remember that God’s judgment on sin will be upheld. Because of this, we must understand that we have only one chance to have our sin be paid for. While we are alive we can recognize our sin and repent of that sin. We can put our trust in Christ and know that we are forgiven. It must happen before we die. If we fail to repent of our sins and put our trust in Christ, we will stand before God and be judged. We will be without payment and be found guilty. Because of our guilt and our lack of ability to pay for our sins God justice determines that we will spend eternity in hell.

Please, know that each and every one of us will have to give an account for our lives when we stand before God. There is no way for you to pay for any of your sins (lying, stealing, lusting, gossip, homosexuality, idolatry). You have been given at least one more chance to repent, put your faith in Christ and know that you will be saved. Please don’t let this chance go to waste….

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