Genesis

Genesis 4-7

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(Sorry so late, I got on the road at 3 AM and no one would wake up in the car so I could finish my reading…Karen Snyder checked in and thought I was missing, so I pulled over in Roanoke…and my laptop was dead!  Oh the warfare is real)

Interesting mix of reading here…some you have always “skimmed” and some you have been learning since you were a kiddo (even if you did not grow up in church).

Chapter 4: Cain and Abel.  All I can say right now is the reason I committed to this Bible read through is because I relate more to Cain then I do Abel.  How sad my offerings have become.   My time, my gifts, my money, my service….

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

A few weeks ago God grabbed me by the shirt collar and gave me this to chew on…

 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. James 4:17

So let’s get to Genesis 5…your favorite!  Have a pencil and your Bible in hand.

In your Bible, in this Genealogy, write the Hebrew translation above the names…

  • 3 When Adam  (Man) had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.
  • When Seth (Appointed) had lived 105 years, he became the father[k] of Enosh.
  • When Enosh (Mortal) had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan.
  • 12 When Kenan (Sorrow) had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel. 1
  • 15 When Mahalalel (The Blessed God) had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared.
  • 18 When Jared (Shall come Down) had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch.
  • 21 When Enoch (Teaching/Walking with God) had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 
  • 25 When Methuselah (His Death Shall Bring)  had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 2
  • 28 When Lamech (Despairing) had lived 182 years, he had a son. 29 He named him Noah
  • 32 After Noah (Comfort, Rest)  was 500 years old,

Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow (but) The Blessed God shall come down teaching.  His death shall bring (the) despairing comfort.

There are 2 people ever in history to be taken up to heaven by the Lord without dying…do you know them?? One was in this reading….

Noah.  Even if you do not go to church, you may have heard of him.  If you have gone to church all your life, know that you can read this story and still see something new.   I think I have read this chapter a bunch of times and each time I am like “What??? that wasn’t in there the least time I read it.”

So during a time when people knew how to worship the Lord (proven in Cain and Abel), and their amazing lineage of faithful men who no doubt would sit around their huge families (think about how big these families were when they lived hundreds of years) and would share about Adam and Eve collectively messing up, and their dirty laundry of Cain being in the family.  And although Cain had to suffer the consequences, God still blessed him with a family and a hedge of protection.   I can just picture Enoch and Methuselah (lived 969 years) sitting around their talking and talking about sacrificing an animal to “atone” for our sins.

But Nope!  Look for the words ALL, EVERY, ONLY  throughout chapter 6. (I could go on and on…let me more on)

Chapter 6 & 7- So Noah, the man who is God knows as blameless (not perfect, righteous) is the only one on earth that when asked to do the unthinkable….HAVE FAITH, will obey.

So this man is asked to make a box (not a boat), a BOX.  In this box you, your family will get in it (I will give you 120 years to get your box made and your bags packed). Oh, and you will share it with every animal possible (some in a set of 2, some in a group of 14).

6:22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him

FAITH!  He didn’t tell him why or what was going to happen….till after Noah obeyed.

So my sweet Karen doesn’t have to give up on me today…I will post here and put some visuals of the Ark in tomorrow’s post (or one later today)

 

 

9 thoughts on “Genesis 4-7

  1. I’m just glad you’re ok! Not sure how you juggle everything you do, and got a little worried….

    “Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow (but) The Blessed God shall come down teaching. His death shall bring (the) despairing comfort.”

    ^^^Didn’t come close to seeing this the first time I read, crossed out the names like you told me, and thought I really had it, but this….. THIS is so much better!

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  2. I don’t juggle it well. I feel overwhelmed because this time I have some people joining in that knew me when I had never owned a Bible (and they had read it ummm many times). They knew me when I said “Really, you think this stuff is true….” “Why would God allow that to happen…..” “What’s the difference between the OT and NT”….you would not believe me if I shared with you the 1000 questions I asked the first year I read it (and didn’t always like what I was reading). Another reason I am struggling now is actually keeping it SHORT! I want to talk about EVERY scripture! (Anyone who has done a single book study with me is laughing saying “she ain’t kidding”!!!

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  3. Stay safe Trish!
    One thing that jumped out at me was when the brothers were warned to beware of sin crouching and waiting to master them -how much I can relate to this. And I love the reminder to be wary and proactive against as Hebrews says “the sin that so easily entangles us”. That’s a good challenge for this new year….

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  4. I am enjoying the listening to scripture, the learning new things, the more in depth knowledge I am gaining, the very informative posts. I catch something new each time I listen or read. It has been a long time since I really dug into to the scripture as I should.

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  5. 2 things:
    1. Until the flood, it had only “misted” on the earth… It hadn’t rained yet.. And what amazing persistence this dude had to build on this thing for 120 years…

    2. Reading Cain and Abel’s story makes me think of the news. They’re always reporting on some murder, how do we fix it, what laws can we put in place, how do we stop it, etc…
    When Cain killed Abel, as far as the Genesis account tells us, there were only 4 people on the Earth at that time… And they couldn’t even get along. We make up a lot of excuses for reasons why we do this and that, but if you look back at this story it would appear it’s simply a flesh and a sin problem.

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