Ever look at these genealogies and wonder why they’re in the Bible? I often do. Some, you can make sense of (like today’s: Adam to Noah, or in Matthew 1: Abraham to Jesus). Others can feel like “filler space” in the Bible, but we can trust that God has a purpose for them.
Every single time I come across a list of names in the Bible, whether it be a genealogy or something else, I remind myself of one thing I know to be true: every person matters. God has put us on this planet for a reason. We were created in His image (v.1-2), unique and intelligent, different from the rest of creation. This affects everything about us, as well as what we believe about life and the dignity of every human being. And it comes with great responsibility.
With the breath in our lungs, we can pour out praise to our Creator or we can choose to live for ourselves.
This can be illustrated quite well with some of the names in ch. 5. Noah (ch. 9) gets drunk right after doing God’s work, and Ham (ch. 9) dishonored his father and was cursed because of it. Contrast that to what we read about Enoch:
When Enoch was 65 years old, he became the father of Methuselah. After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters. Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him. Genesis 5:22-24
What an example! May it be said of you and me too! This guy had an unwavering commitment to the Lord, and it was so strong that God took Him directly to be with Him. Very few people in the Bible had the same experience. Actually, just Elijah (2 Kings 2).
Here’s something for us to consider today: Can my walk with God be described like Enoch’s relationship with Him? Why or why not? Does something need an adjustment (habit, attitude, relationship, etc.)?
Final thought… Methuselah was one old dude.
By: Todd Thomas