Have You Experienced the Blessing of Walking with God? (Genesis 4-5)

Reading for Friday, January 2nd: Genesis 4-5

 

Like the last section of Scripture, this one is filled with many issues to speak about.  We have Adam and Eve beginning a family and then the horror of one brother delivering to the other the ultimate betrayal.  We have a picture of God’s mercy, that while he allows Cain to suffer the consequences of his actions, he ultimately spares him.

 

We also find the amazing lengths of time that people lived in that day: Adam lived to be 930 years old; Mahalalel lived 895 years and Mathuselah holds the record for the longest life at 969 years.  While it is always difficult to understand how people made with the same stuff we are made with and without the same type of medical care could live so long, it appears that geneticists are beginning to unlock some of the genetic links to aging and are predicting that in coming generations, human life spans may eventually be dramatically increased. 

 

For me, in these chapters, what speaks most to my heart is this little line about a man named Enoch.  Enoch, only lived on this earth for 365 years.  Here is that sentence: “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away” (Genesis 5:24; NIV).  The writer of the book of Hebrews expands on the Genesis account with this insight, “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because god had taken him away.  For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:5-6; NIV).   

 

So in this we are given a great lesson.  Enoch walked with God and this walk only was possible through a relationship of faith in the living God.  Because of this incredible relationship, Enoch was delivered to God without experiencing death. While God did not make it a regular practice of rewarding everyone who walks with him the exact same way that he did with Enoch, he does promise to “reward those who earnestly seek him.”  There are great and unexpected blessings in store for those who walk with God by faith; are you relating to God in such a way as to experience them?  I pray that you are.  Please take a moment and share with the rest of us some of the great things God has done in your life.

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3 Responses to “Have You Experienced the Blessing of Walking with God? (Genesis 4-5)”

  1. Robert and Sheila Says:

    From Bob.
    God brought Sheila and me together in rather unusal circumstances, and used one of our children to point us to salvation.

    From Sheila
    God used a very stressful and unhappy time in my life for good (leaving my Father)
    Marrying Bob is one of the greatest blessings of my life.

  2. holmesfan Says:

    Question: Were years measured the same in those days as they are today? The Gregorian calendar we go by was first used in 1582, so I was wondering if, for example, Adam’s 930 years of life were measured by a 12 month calendar similar to the one we use today.

  3. bdmsmith Says:

    Bob and Sheila, isn’t it amazing how God loves to surprise us? You came to Christ through your own child and it came after Sheila having to make the toughest of moves. It is wonderful that God rarely works in our lives in the way that we usually anticipate.

    Homesfan, you raise a good question. The New Bible Commentary, edited by one of my favorite writers, D.A. Carson, answers you question thoughtfully in the following way:

    “It is hard to know how to understand the long lives of the men who lived before the flood. A comparable text, the Sumerian King List, lists eight kings who reigned before the flood for a total of 241,000 years. This makes the 1500 years covered by ch. 5 seem quite modest, but it still does not explain how, for example, Adam could have lived for 930 years. Various suggestions have been put forward. First, that their ‘years’ were much shorter than ours. But the chronology of the flood (7:11–8:14) shows that Genesis assumes about 360 days in a year. Secondly, that the years of the patriarch’s life do not represent the length of his own life but of the clan he founded. In other words, many generations have been omitted. This is hard to prove since, at the beginning of the list, Seth is clearly Adam’s immediate son and, at the end, Lamech—Noah—Shem, Ham and Japheth form a consecutive sequence. Thirdly, that the years are symbolic and represent periods of time known in astronomy, e.g. Enoch’s 365 years correspond to the days of a solar year. Fourthly, that the numbers are symbolic and generated by the number system based on 60 used in Mesopotamia. Babylonian mathematics tables made much of the factors of 60 (30, 20, 15 etc.) and their squares and multiples. So many of the numbers in ch. 5 and the Sumerian King List would have seemed familiar to these trained in this system, e.g. 930 (Adam’s age) is 302 + 30. However, not all the figures are explicable this way, nor can we explain why certain figures were attached to particular people if they were symbolic. At present, the best that can be said is that the size of the numbers suggests that these men lived a long time ago. Their precision suggests that these were real people who lived and died. For further discussion see G. J. Wenham, Genesis 1–15 (Word Books, 1987) pp. 130–134.”
    Carson, D. A.: New Bible Commentary : 21st Century Edition. 4th ed. Leicester, England; Downers Grove, Ill., USA : Inter-Varsity Press, 1994, S. Ge 5:1

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