Today you should read: Genesis 5:1-32
This genealogy is to record the promised seed, the godly line that leads to the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. Many individuals take genealogies for granted, but the mere fact that this genealogy sets the stage for the coming Messiah is reason enough to not take it lightly. The secondary purpose of this genealogy is to help us realize that life begins and ends as stated in the passage, “and he died.” This phrase should drastically impact the way we view life on earth. We have a limited amount of time that is not to be wasted.
A beautiful phrase we see in this passage is “in the likeness of God.” Do we as believers truly take this in? I know I don’t. If I did the insecurities I have would be cast to the wayside, because I realize that as a born again believer I am made in the LIKENESS OF GOD! WOW!
In verse 1 of chapter 5 the author makes clear that man was originally created “in the likeness of God.” In the next generation we see that Adam becomes the father of Seth and passes the likeness of God through his line, however, this line is tainted. The reason Seth’s nature is twisted is because of Adam’s “original sin” now inherited by all people.
One might ask how someone is born into sin if he has done nothing wrong. Because of Adam’s sin not only do all people die, not only are all people cursed, but we are all by birth held accountable for Adam’s original sin. As stated by Currid, “no black crow ever produces a white dove, nor does a ferocious lion produce a gentle lamb.” The only hope we have? Jesus Christ would save us not only from our original sin, but also from the power of sin to control our lives.
In closing, we see an extraordinary hope in the man Enoch. It is stated of Enoch, “he walked with God.” Matthew Henry says this means…to set Him before us, to act as if we are always under His eye, make God’s Word our rule and His glory our end in all our actions.” This connection is equally possible for the Christian today. “Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus walk in Him.” Colossians 2:6
Posted by: Zach Monroe