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Genesis 5 - Life goes on

Even a list of hard to read names contains treasure for your daily life.

Read / Listen to the chapter:

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Read the chapter in an outlined format:

Watch / Listen to the DIG DEEPER video:


Genesis 5 Summary

  • v1-2 - Moses reiterates what it is that makes man different from the other creatures: God made you in His image and has blessed you.

  • v3-32 - The 'generations' following Adam are listed. Certainly not every descendent is named, but only a select few. Most of the the listings follow the same format.

Dig Deeper

Long lists like what you've just encountered in Genesis 5 with lots of hard to pronounce names are one of the reasons that reading through the Bible is hard. Yet this is still God's inspired Word, and we can learn from it.

One of the advantages to reading chapters in an outline format is that it helps you easily recognize patterns. Notice the repetition of the phrase in v5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 27, 31:

and he died.

This stands in start contrast to the pattern set in chapter one, where you repeatedly read:

it was good.

It quickly becomes apparent that this world is not the way that it was created, and it's all because of sin.

The outlined format also helps illustrate the three names that don't fit the pattern:

  • Adam's entry mirrors what is written in v1 about God:

    • Both God & Adam produced offspring in their likeness (it also says that Adam's son Seth was born in Adam's image, pointing back to Adam's creation).

    • This means you've inherited two things from Adam:

      • God's image & likeness;

      • Adam's sinful condition, because eventually Adam died.

  • Enoch (v22)

    • didn't 'live' as the others are described, rather he 'walked with God.'

    • nor did he 'die.' Instead, "he was not, for God took him."

  • Lamech (v29)

    • Along with Adam is the only father who 'named' his son, as God named Mankind (v2);

    • Expresses the hope that his son Noah will represent.

AAA Prayer:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father, who created you in His image and likeness, and who named you as His own;

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that you can live like Enoch, who 'walked with God.'




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