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In the end, we are best remembered by who we leave behind. Genesis 5 is the 1st lineage set out in the Bible. It is in itself a great story. We begin to realize that times were different in the early days. Then middle age was half a millennium, not half a century. Enoch was taken so early at 365 years old–though he just headed off with God, he did not die. Point being–God gave us this picture of legacy for a purpose–to show us that our greatest ministry is the ministry of legacy.
In each of our lives, we are neither perfect nor timeless. We make mistakes, some real doozies, and we grow old and become less the person at center stage. But, if we follow God and teach our children to do the same–then like Adam and Seth we can leave a legacy of men that will save the world.
We cannot make our children spiritual giants, but we can model a life where Christ is the center and not a token or peripheral figure. We pray, we read his word, and we haul our hinder to church even when it is inconvenient. We place God in the forefront of all our discussions–not just at Christmas and Easter.
Let’s be like Lamech and Methuselah—Let’s leave a real legacy–Children that save the world!
God Bless You
When Jared was 162 years old, he became the father of Enoch. 19 After the birth of Enoch, Jared lived another 800 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 20 Jared lived 962 years, and then he died.
21 When Enoch was 65 years old, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 23 Enoch lived 365 years, 24 walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.
25 When Methuselah was 187 years old, he became the father of Lamech. 26 After the birth of Lamech, Methuselah lived another 782 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 27 Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died.
28 When Lamech was 182 years old, he became the father of a son. 29 Lamech named his son Noah, for he said, “May he bring us relief[d] from our work and the painful labor of farming this ground that the Lord has cursed.” 30 After the birth of Noah, Lamech lived another 595 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 31 Lamech lived 777 years, and then he died.
32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth