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Off the Page: Genesis Ch. 5

January 28, 2021, 10:34 AM

Off the Page: Genesis Ch. 5 - A Lesson of Our Impact

The 5th chapter in Genesis is a genealogy of the Generations starting with Adam and ending with Noah and his 3 sons. It spells out for us the beginning of the line of Christ who would come and be born as a baby in the Gospels.  Genealogies can be difficult to read because of some of the odd names, but God put them in His word for a reason...there is something here for us.  

So I want to include this chapter today, because as I read this chapter something new jumped off the page to me.

As I read any chapter I often notice words or phrases that are repetitive.  This chapter was no different as over and over we read the phrase:  “and he died.”  Everybody mentioned in this chapter has the phrase “and he died” following their name, except Enoch, who walked with God and God took to heaven without him actually dying, and Noah and his three sons, whose story begins in chapter 6.  It teaches us of a sobering certainty.  Unless God comes again to get you and take you to Heaven before you die, we all face a certain death.  

But I want to focus on one other thing that jumped off the page to me and that is Enoch himself.  

It says and Enoch “walked with God.”

Now that is an amazing factoid about Enoch, one might wonder how he learned to have such a relationship with God that it is said he walked with God?

At this point only two other people are recorded to have walked with God, and that is Adam and Eve before the fall of man.  (Genesis 3:8)

If we do the math on the age of the men listed we realize that Adam, who lived to be 930, was still living at the same time as Enoch.  Enoch was the great great great great grandson of Adam!  In fact when Enoch’s son Methuselah was born, Adam would have been 687 years old.  

One can imagine a conversation between Adam and Enoch:  Enoch might have asked what it was like for Grandpa Adam to walk with God in the Garden of Eden, and Adam would have probably smiled and gotten a far off look in his eye, and told Enoch just how wonderful it was to have that kind of relationship.  

So what is my point?

We must remember the significance of passing on what we have learned and the experiences we have had in our lives, especially our spiritual lives to those around us.  We don’t fully realize the impact such a passing on such experiences can have on others.  

We are to be God’s witnesses!

So what about you?  Do you see what I saw? Did God show you something else or something different?

Seek Him in His Word, He will be found; and that is the whole point of us reading His love letter to seek Him, to know Him, and have a relationship with Him.  

Let God speak to you today!

Until next time, remember:  I love you.  More importantly God loves you!  Keep your eyes on Him!