Chapter 4: Cain and Abel. All I can say right now is the reason I committed to this Bible read-through is that I relate more to Cain than I do Abel. How sad my offerings have become. My time, my gifts, my money, my service….
6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
A few weeks ago God grabbed me by the shirt collar and gave me this to chew on…
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. James 4:17
So let’s get to Genesis 5…such fun! Have a pencil and your Bible in hand. I know the genealogies can be boring, and we tend to look at how long they lived but there are hidden gems throughout the Bible. This is just one of them…
In your Bible, in this Genealogy, write the Hebrew translation above the names…
- 3 When Adam (Man) had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.
- 6 When Seth (Appointed) had lived 105 years, he became the father[k] of Enosh.
- 9 When Enosh (Mortal) had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan.
- 12 When Kenan (Sorrow) had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel. 1
- 15 When Mahalalel (The Blessed God) had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared.
- 18 When Jared (Shall come Down) had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch.
- 21 When Enoch (Teaching/Walking with God) had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah.
- 25 When Methuselah (His Death Shall Bring) had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 2
- 28 When Lamech (Despairing) had lived 182 years, he had a son. 29 He named him Noah
- 32 After Noah (Comfort, Rest) was 500 years old,
Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow (but) The Blessed God shall come down teaching. His death shall bring (the) despairing comfort.
There are 2 people ever in history to be taken up to heaven by the Lord without dying…do you know them? One was in this reading….Enoch. Who is the other? 😁
Noah, the son of Lamech
(Lamech: the very man that bragged that you could kill someone and God would protect you (4:24) clearly he misunderstood God). (read in comments why this was crossed out) Even if you do not go to church, you may have heard of Noah. If you have gone to church all your life, know that you can read this story and still see something new. I have read this chapter many times and each time I am like “What??? that wasn’t in there the last time I read it.”
We now know from this document that people knew how to worship the Lord (proven with Cain and Abel). Cain had to suffer the consequences, however, God still blessed him with a family and a hedge of protection. I can just picture Enoch and Methuselah sitting around talking to his family about sacrificing an innocent animal to “atone” for our sins just as God modeled in Eden for us.
Chapter 6 & 7
Hebrews 11:7 sums up the entire account of Noah: : By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
What is Faith? Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
– So Noah, the man who God knows as blameless (not perfect, but righteous) is the only one on earth found righteous because he had faith, confidence, and hope when given such a task.
So this man is asked to make a box called an Ark. In this box Noah and his family will get in it (IGod will give him 120 years to get the Ark made and bags packed). Oh, and he will share it with every animal possible (some in a set of 2, some in a group of 14). Why would we need sets of 14? 😁 Some will be used for sacrifices.
6:22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him
FAITH! He didn’t tell him why or what was going to happen…until after Noah obeyed.
- go back and underline in your Bible 6:18-the 1st time the word Covenant is used (out of 332 times)
The flood is a foreshadow of final judgment. This Ark, about the size of the Titanic, was a foreshadow of salvation.
I purposely left out some interesting things just to see if I can get some comments. 😂