Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Genesis 4:25-26; 5

This chapter shows us that death in inevitable.  We are born, given a name, live, and then we all die.

After Cain killed Abel God granted Adam and Eve another child, Seth which means “appointed”.  After Seth’s birth men began “to call on the name of the Lord”. Gen. 4:26.  Seth’s descendants responded in faith and obedience to God.  What does “to call on the name of the Lord” mean?  It does not mean just call out His name or to pray.  “Not everyone who say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven,”Matt. 7:21.  It means hearing His Word, believing in Him, repenting of sin, realizing His authority, being obedient and depending upon Him.

What can you do to influence others for God?  Of course we need to worship and praise God in church on Sundays.  We need to be involved in Bible study, have a meaningful prayer life, show the fruit of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

God warned Adam to not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil or he would die.  Chapter 5 shows the genealogy of Adam.  In these verses there is a repeated phrase – “and then he died”.  Since Adam fell to sin, man no longer could eat from the tree of life and therefore no longer would live forever.  Death was now in man’s future.  The following scriptures talk about death.
Gen. 2:16-17, James 1:14-15 – sin gives birth to death and always has.
John 3:6-8 – flesh gives birth to flesh – since we are born of Adam and he dies, we also will die.
John 8:24 – you will die in your sins if you don’t believe in Jesus.
Rom. 5:12, 17 – sin and death came through Adam to all.
Romans 5:14 – we all die a physical death because of Adam’s sin.
Romans 6:23 – the wages of sin is death, but through Jesus we can have eternal life.
1 Cor. 15:21-26, 2 Tim.1:8-11 – sin will be destroyed by Jesus Christ.

Gen. 5:1 tells us man was made “in the likeness of God”.  Gen 5:3 tell us Adam’s son was made” in his own likeness” and “in his own image”.  This means when man was made, he was made (he was not born) in God’s likeness, made righteous, and made in His perfect image; but now that Adam brought sin into the world we are made or born  in Adam’s likeness and in his imperfect image.  We are sinners and we will see death because of sin.

Some of Adam’s descendants were faithful to God.  Gen. 5:21-24 – One of these men was Enoch.  We are told that he walked with God and then he was no more, because God took him away.  This is the first mention of life after death in the Bible.  He didn’t die like the others.  This shows how one day believers will be taken away (raptured) before Jesus returns.  Heb. 11 tells us Enoch pleased God. Jude says he prophesied of Jesus’ 2nd coming.

Wonderful things will happen to believers when Christ returns:
We will be changed into an imperishable body in the twinkling of an eye.
Death will be swallowed up in victory.
We will have victory in Jesus Christ.
The Lord will come down from heaven and believers (the church) will be caught up  
with Him in the air.
We will be with Him forever!

The oldest man in history was Methuselah, father of Lamech.  He lived 969 years.  There are differences in the life span between Seth’s descendants in Gen. 5, Shem’s in Gen. 11, the people after Abraham in Gen 12-50 and the life span of people today.  This is probably due to the environmental changes after the flood.  Also the longer men live the more people there are.  There are more pollutants, more hazards and more diseases.  There is more sin and sin is destructive.  Life gets shorter, because of sin.  There is excessive alcohol use, drug abuse, more murder, smoking, less exercising, poor diet, use of pesticides and fertilizers, etc.  All contribute to our life span.  The average life span now of a man is near 70 and 75 for a woman.

History shows 2 types of people – those who moved away from God and those who called on God.  Lamech was the 7th from Adam in the line of Cain.  He was evil.  Enoch was the 7th from Adam in the line of Seth.  He worshiped God.

Which group are you in?
Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
Do you trust God and His promises?
If you knew you were going to live 900 or more years, would you do things differently?
How would this affect your relationship with God?
 
Another man of faith mentioned in this chapter is Noah.  He and his family lived in a culture that was indifferent to God.  I will talk about more Noah and the flood in my next post

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