Daily Distinctives, February 16, 2018 – And So-in-so Begat So-in-so

So we come to Genesis chapter 5 and while it is not the most exciting read it is an important read none the less. If God put it in the Bible there is significance to us and to our lives. But how do you find any significance or application in a chapter that is made up mostly of genealogies? Frankly, I used to skip over the genealogies when I would come to them because I found them irrelevant and boring. Still, we find that the genealogies do provide us with some historical markers which confirm many of the prophetic truths we find in the Bible. One thing I like to consider is that the names mentioned in the Bible are more than for just naming children. If I were to be recognized in any book, I would have wanted it to be in the Bible, unless of course, my name was Judas, Pontious Pilate, Ananias or Saphira, Cain who we saw in our last study, you get the point. And so when I read the genealogies, I try to take a moment to pronounce the names and give honor to God for them. If 2 Timothy 3:16 is accurate, and I believe it is, then the genealogies are inspired by God and useful for many things. While this is the first major genealogy in the Bible, there are others. The most significant thing I find in the genealogies is how they all lead down the timeline to the most important figure in all of history; Jesus Christ.

Tonight, I won’t have much to share as there is not much to comment on in this chapter. But where I find it, I will try to glean from it. Perhaps this is a good thing since the mood in our home today was anything but Bible-study worthy. Yes, even Christians argue and have bad days. But all that aside, I think it is important when we dig into the Bible that we are consistent about it. At the very least, today’s study will be an exercise in faithfulness. Who knows, it is possible that I will see something I may not have seen before.

[Gen 5:1 NKJV] This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.
[Gen 5:2 NKJV] He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.
[Gen 5:3 NKJV] And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot [a son] in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.

Here is something interesting that we see right off the bat. We know that Adam’s first son was Cain, and then Abel. They are not mentioned here. What we do find is the mention of Seth. I seem to recall one of my professors or pastors speaking to this at some point. They said that the genealogical record tended to mention the male lineage and only on occasion mention a female, which makes the mention of the female in genealogies all them more special. But what I found most interesting about their comment was that they said the genealogies followed the bloodline of the Messiah. That is when the name is mentioned it is almost always dealing with the line of Christ when Christ is not a descendant the mentions drop off the record. Now, I have not personally followed that conclusion to the end so, I cannot verify this, but if it is accurate, that is pretty neat.

[Gen 5:4 NKJV] After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight hundred years; and he had sons and daughters.
[Gen 5:5 NKJV] So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.

Now, it doesn’t take a new student to the Bible very long to go, “hold on a second, he lived how long?” That is because the average age by today’s standards is between 75-85 years old. Thanks to God for modern medicine and health trends. But as we read through these genealogies we see the life-span of mankind extending for hundreds of years. Perhaps this was because the conditions, even after the fall, were conducive to a longer life-span. It could be that the genetic pool was not as diverse and that somehow prolonged the life of men. Some suggest that the firmament played a role in keeping the harmful UV rays of the sun from aging people. Others believe diet was the reason. And still, others claim that these were not literal years but months or seasons (if you do the math on some of these things you will discover that this is the least likely reason of them all–apparently this would have put one of them at 5 years old having their first child). I like to think that they lived as long as they lived because God wanted it that way, but who am I?

[Gen 5:6 NKJV] Seth lived one hundred and five years, and begot Enosh.
[Gen 5:7 NKJV] After he begot Enosh, Seth lived eight hundred and seven years, and had sons and daughters.
[Gen 5:8 NKJV] So all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died.
[Gen 5:9 NKJV] Enosh lived ninety years, and begot Cainan.
[Gen 5:10 NKJV] After he begot Cainan, Enosh lived eight hundred and fifteen years, and had sons and daughters.
[Gen 5:11 NKJV] So all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years; and he died.
[Gen 5:12 NKJV] Cainan lived seventy years, and begot Mahalalel.
[Gen 5:13 NKJV] After he begot Mahalalel, Cainan lived eight hundred and forty years, and had sons and daughters.
[Gen 5:14 NKJV] So all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years; and he died.
[Gen 5:15 NKJV] Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and begot Jared.
[Gen 5:16 NKJV] After he begot Jared, Mahalalel lived eight hundred and thirty years, and had sons and daughters.
[Gen 5:17 NKJV] So all the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred and ninety-five years; and he died.
[Gen 5:18 NKJV] Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and begot Enoch.
[Gen 5:19 NKJV] After he begot Enoch, Jared lived eight hundred years, and had sons and daughters.
[Gen 5:20 NKJV] So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years; and he died.
[Gen 5:21 NKJV] Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah.
[Gen 5:22 NKJV] After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters.
[Gen 5:23 NKJV] So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.
[Gen 5:24 NKJV] And Enoch walked with God; and he [was] not, for God took him.

This is an interesting verse. You could very well say that there was at least one person in the Bible that never died. It says here that Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him. What a cool thought. This guy had a neat relationship with God that it would appear, at least on the surface, that he did not die, but was translated from Earth to Heaven. Oh to have that kind of relationship with the LORD.

[Gen 5:25 NKJV] Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and begot Lamech.
[Gen 5:26 NKJV] After he begot Lamech, Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years, and had sons and daughters.
[Gen 5:27 NKJV] So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died.

Now, I get a kick out this verse, because we see that this guy Methuselah lived longer than all of them (969 years). That is amazing. Almost a thousand years! Can you imagine living that long? I get a kick out talking to some old-timers that have been through over 15 presidents. I imagine that there is a lot of wisdom that could be gleaned from these people. One of my pastors’ wives has a mother that is over 100 years old and loves the LORD with all of her heart. That is an awesome thing when you think about it.

[Gen 5:28 NKJV] Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and had a son.
[Gen 5:29 NKJV] And he called his name Noah, saying, “This [one] will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD has cursed.”

What’s in a name right? Can you imagine Lamech walking down the street and getting heckled by the bystanders who would say things like, “Nice boat your boy is building!” As it would turn out Noah’s name was quite prophetic as it would be Noah and his family that would, in some ways, become the new Adam. And while we can say that we are all descendants of Adam, we can definitely trace our genetic ancestry back to Noah.

[Gen 5:30 NKJV] After he begot Noah, Lamech lived five hundred and ninety-five years, and had sons and daughters.
[Gen 5:31 NKJV] So all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years; and he died.
[Gen 5:32 NKJV] And Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

One last thought I had as I read through these genealogies is that there seemed to be a common thread woven throughout them. Of most of the names mentioned here, we see that they had sons and daughters. This certainly helped the population grow exponentially. And so there we have it, the genealogies. That’s all I got folks.

Prayer: LORD, thank You for Your WORD. I pray that You would give me some more insights into the history and the genealogies as I think about them over the next few days. Perhaps You will give me some new personal revelation that will cause me to come back and amend this devotional. Either way, I am glad that You take care to make sure that these people find their names in Your WORD. I hope to get a chance to glimpse my name in Your book someday, the book of life that is. Thank You, Father, for all that You are showing me in this season of my life. LORD, I lift up my wife to You tonight. She has had a pretty rough day today. With sick babies and taking on a new job, dealing with our older kids and just being a woman who is married to a knucklehead like me can be overwhelming at times. I pray that You would comfort her where I fail and cause her to lean on You instead of herself. Bless her with sweet rest tonight LORD. Father, I pray for my kids, my older kids who are so close to leaving the nest. Perhaps this is another struggle my wife is dealing with. While on the outside she may be saying, “have a nice life, don’t let the door hit ya on the way out,” the reality is that she has poured so much into them that it is a burden on her heart. Still, LORD, I pray that we have done a good enough job raising them that the transition to adulthood would go smoothly for them. I pray that You would guide them and that they would call upon Your name for help. Father, I lift up my pastor to you tonight and ask that You would bless him and his family. Where there are concerns, You would give confidence, where there are struggles, You would give peace. Above all, I pray that my pastor would be diligent about the work that is before him. Remove any distractions that might prevent him from his studies, but most importantly remove any distractions that would keep him from those sweet times of fellowship with you. Finally, LORD, I pray that You would forgive me for being so apathetic about the things that I view to be trivial. Help me to be more sensitive to those around me, especially to those in my own household. Forgive me for not being a more caring husband, and loving father. Help me to balance discipline and common sense with love and nurturing. LORD, I do love You and know that You know my heart. Please help me to be more like You. It is in Your name that I pray. –Amen


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