Adam’s Family Line Until Noah

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***Read Genesis 5***

At first glance, chapter five of Genesis is an inconsequential family genealogy. Most of the time, when I read the Bible, I read straight through these sections thinking I might find a fun name for a child in the future. But this morning, something else came to mind.

“‘He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created. This is the written account of Adam’s family line. When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God.” — Genesis 5:1–2

“In the likeness of God”

You may have read this as, “in His image,” in other translations. The point is, God created us with a likeness to himself. Of all the things he created, mankind gets to be made with a likeness to himself. This really strikes me for some reason this morning.

After all, there is a lot of beauty in this world:

Clearly, God has an eye for amazing. But what he points out in the first few chapters of Genesis is that he created Mankind, you and me, in his image. We all have characteristics of our creator. Which is amazing to me.

Do you treat people as if they have characteristics of God?

I will be the first to admit that I do not always do this well. As I am no where near perfect, I know I have sometimes just cast people aside when I don’t think much of them at all. But, I think God wants me to think differently about this.

What if, we focused on the characteristics of God in people instead of the faults in people? How might that change the way we see them?

“Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” — Genesis 5:24

This also stood out to me. I have heard in sermons and talks that Enoch did not die. Because he was a faithful man, God merely took him up to heaven after it was his time. I find this interesting. Could we today live so faithfully God would take us up to heaven without experiencing death?

Something else interesting about Enoch is that he lived 365 years, while others in his family were living far longer. What does this say about him as well?

At the end of this chapter, we reach Noah and his three sons. Overall, there were ten generations described in this passage from Adam to Noah. And thousands of years passing between them.

We know we are following the family line which brings us all the way to King David, but it is interesting to consider this is a time of great growth for humanity on earth. Everyone is spreading out. Families are growing and creating their own cultures.

And then, we get to Noah…

If you found this post interesting, feel free to check out others in my Medium Series — The Bible: One Chapter A Day

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