What’s in a Name–Genesis 5 part 2

Adam’s lineage to Noah marks the time when God and Man still strongly resembled each other.  The amazing span of life was awesome.  Three men in the lineage stand out—Enoch, Methuselah and Noah.  Enoch stands out because of his intimacy with the Lord.  They were so close that God simply took him home without the pain of death.  He must have been an amazing influence on his son Methuselah.  What an irony, Enoch lived on Earth the shortest time while his Son the longest.  Methuselah’s name meant after death comes judgment. God used Methuselah to demonstrate his patience. God saw the human race becoming more and more wicked. Yet, he withheld judgment for nearly a thousand years because of his patience.  Finally—Noah, Noah was God’s choice to demonstrate restoration. His name meant after judgment—rest.  God’s judgment was to be dramatic.  But, after that, God knew he would grant rest and restoration. Noah was the model for that.

God used three men to show his intimacy, patience and restoration.  Please Lord use me to live those traits in my life.

God Bless You

18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. 19 After he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 Altogether, Jared lived a total of 962 years, and then he died.   21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.  25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 26 After he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.  28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. 29 He named him Noah and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed. ” 30 After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters. 31 Altogether, Lamech lived a total of 777 years, and then he died.  32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.

Shaking a Family Tree–Genesis 5 part 1

When I was young, the lineages in the Bible seemed rather dry.  But as I have become older, I have become more intrigued by God’s attention to detail. Our heritage is important to God.  But, so is our willingness to follow.  As we look at Adam’s family tree three things stand out—1.  Adam was around for many generations. Adam met Methusalah. This is significant because oral history was maintained.  If the kids had questions, they could go to the source. 2.God created us in his image. And blessed us.  Looking at Adam’s lineage, it is clear they were blessed.  It does not discuss detail, there was probably many trials in the history, but as a lineage, God blessed Adam’s family. 3.  God is a personal God.  Enoch only lived 300 years on earth, Then God took him away.  Imagine the cool relationship God and Enoch had, “God what should we do today?” Enoch asked, “Why don’t you come to my house…We will hang out!”

God Cares about us.  Where we came from, whose we are and how we relate to him personally. As we seek him, we need to remember he seeks us more intently, intensely and personally.  Help me Lord to be excited about my heritage in you. Help me to follow you with the same intensity you have sought me.

God Bless You

When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created.

3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. 4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 5 Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died. 6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father of Enosh. 7 After he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters. 8 Altogether, Seth lived a total of 912 years, and then he died.9 When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan. 10 After he became the father of Kenan, Enosh lived 815 years and had other sons and daughters. 11 Altogether, Enosh lived a total of 905 years, and then he died.12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel. 13 After he became the father of Mahalalel, Kenan lived 840 years and had other sons and daughters. 14 Altogether, Kenan lived a total of 910 years, and then he died. 15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared. 16 After he became the father of Jared, Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters. 17 Altogether, Mahalalel lived a total of 895 years, and then he died. 18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. 19 After he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 Altogether, Jared lived a total of 962 years, and then he died. 21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

Seek God! Genesis 4 part 3

God’s restoration, while often different than we expect, is amazing in so many ways.  As many times as I have read this passage, the last phrase really struck me.  By the language it seems that Seth’s family seemed to actually seek God.  Whether that means that they had a renewed desire to serve, or a real absence of his presence.  Either way, Seth’s family sought the Lord.

That is all God has ever desired.  He created us to be in relationship.  When we walk in that, we have his protection, his leadership and his freedom.  The book of genesis also shows how we differ when we abandon him.  Throughout the Bible, the difference is stark and consistent. 

Follow him, seek him and enjoy his peace and his protection.  Abandon him, and feel his absence. Joshua 24 sums it up…”Choose this day whom you will serve…As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”

God Bless You

25 Adam made love to his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.” 26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord.

A Fate Worse Than Death? Genesis 4 part 2

The punishment of living without repentance is not death, it’s not a beating—often it is simply seeing the pain that was caused and losing the ability to walk with God. Many who have walked with God have selfishly struck out on their own either because God did not act how they wanted him to or just not as quickly as they wanted him to.  Then, when the sin bears out and the damage is done, the greatest pain is bearing under the weight of the irreversible result.  God could have killed Cain, but rather than that, he simply made him live with his choice.

When we fail God, we need to repent and turn. Like David and Samson, when we repent, God forgives and restores.  He may not remove the consequence, but he will restore fellowship and walk with his kids through the mess they make. I John 1:9 says—if we confess our sin, God is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us of the unrighteousness.  We all sin. We simply need to be humble and submit.  God has always and will always support us in that.  Help me Lord, to follow closely and remain faithful!

God Bless You

10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth. ” 13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over. ” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

Brother’s Keeper–Genesis 4 part 1

It seems often the case, the innocent pay a price for our sin.  Abel simply worshipped God and took care of his business.  Cain was jealous and frustrated with his issue with God—So, he killed Abel.  Then, even though God saw it all, Cain refused to take responsibility.  What a shame, sin is a devastating thing.

Nothing has changed. Sin has such deep impact.  Sinners still do not wish to take responsibility. Innocent  folks are hurt and God is saddened.  The key is to submit to his leadership and focus on walking with him.  When we sin, repent and take responsibility.  God is not fooled or mocked.  Help me Lord to walk in your path.

God Bless You

Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

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. ”

8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know, ” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

A Better Way–Genesis 3 final

Does God Love us? absolutely! Will he simply ignore the sin in our lives? Absolutely—NOT! It was a terrible thing to have to change the relationship between God and man.  It was a sad thing to remove them from the Garden.  The wages of their sin were severe and painful.

It is amazing that the desire for knowledge outshined the desire for life.  Had they eaten from the tree of life, they would have been immortal—truly like God, instead they chose knowledge and received death and separation from our Lord.  God was also sad that their choice precluded his desire.  Had they eaten from the tree of life, that would have been awesome—but, in their fallen state, to do so would have given God no opportunity to restore what had been destroyed.

God had a better plan—Jesus. He made away to restore our relationship with God and restore life without the stain of sin.  All we have to do is accept that life he offers.  Help me Lord to submit to you and enjoy the life you offer—

God Bless You!

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”

16 To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you. ”

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”

20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

What, Me Naked?–Genesis 3 part 2

When we sin, we want to hide, cover up and shift blame.  When we sin…it’s our choice, our fault and our consequence to bear. There is no use in trying to hide it or cover it up.  There is no use in trying to make excuse or shift blame.  We will ultimately be found out, we will ultimately have to repent and make things right.

God continually looks at the attitude of our heart.  Sin is most often merely the manifestation of a heart that seeks independence and control, and when we sin and things seem to be going out of control—we want to put distance between us and the mess we have made.  Sadly, it does not happen.  God won’t allow it—just like Adam and Eve, we have the opportunity to admit, own and repent of the acts and attitudes that separate us from God.  We have to seek to repent and make things right.  Help me Lord, to be ready to repent and face my actions.

God Bless You

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking   in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid   from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid  because I was naked;  so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked?  Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? ”

12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me —she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me,  and I ate.”