“Esteban, was up with all them names in Matthew and Genesis 5? Honestly, they be getting me mad sometimes (as he laughs). What are they in there for?” – Nico
Ahhhh yes, them good ole’ lineage passages – Seemingly meaningless, but be patient. They are BANGERS!
“Man bro, actually there is some major teaching of truth in those. Let’s highlight some of the teaching found in Genesis 5 that are crazy relevant to our lives and today’s culture” – Me
Gen. 5:1 “When God created human beings, he made them to be like himself. ”
POINT 1 – God made us, not anyone else or anything else. This has huge implications (won’t get into all of them right now). AND, he made us like himself – SNAP! – Divinely made. Divinely created. Divinely purposed. Think about what this says about your value in comparison to the lies of evolution/murder/abortion/etc. God gave humans life.
Gen. 5: 2 – He created them male and female, and he blessed them and called them “human.”
POINT 2 – God made two genders for a purpose! Remember, he is the designer. He must have reasons for this. Nico, “Like how marriage works, two people equally important but with different roles – not about one being better than the other (male & female) but having different roles to help one another…” Me, “Exactly.”
Gen. 5:3 - “When Adam was 130 years old, he became the father of a son who was just like him—in his very image. He named his son Seth.”
POINT 3 – Fathers are important – very much so! Adam passed down his God given image, his likeness, his ability to relate with God, his identity as human, not animal. This verse highlights the importance of a fathers’ role in a child.
Gen. 5: 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.
POINT 4 - When reading the Bible it’s important to note the “break” in patterns. Here, Enoch is highlighted and the point of his close fellowship with God emphasized through repetition. Man can live closely, intimately with a living God – even hundreds of years after initial creation. Whoa. This also is a foreshadow of what Christ would do for a sinful world – establish a bridge through his divinely given blood for the divinely made, yet fallen creations. Us.
Nico’s response – “Ahhhh, SNAP.”
We went on to listen to Genesis 6, which continued to “treat our lives”. And we briefly just skimmed the surface fam. God is good. Thank him for the lineage passages. Don’t skip ‘em!