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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Jan 19 - Genesis 5

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 5. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This chapter is kind of weird because it’s just an account of Adam’s lineage up to Noah. 
  • The interesting thing is how old everyone was. Adam lived to be 930. And in this chapter we read about Methuselah, who is the oldest man recorded in the Bible; he lived to be 969.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We’re not entirely sure why people lived so long but after the flood (which we'll read about next weekend) people stopped living so long. There are different theories. Perhaps the best is that God designed human beings to live forever, but humanity's tendency to sin resulted in drastically shorter lifespans.
  • Maybe you’re wondering why God didn’t allow people to continue to live so long. Perhaps God gave us a blessing by shortening our lifespans. Think about it: would you really want to live more than 900 years with all the pain and suffering in the world? Probably not.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • This should also be a reminder for us to do something positive with our life in the short time we’re here. God decided the main way he would positively change people’s lives and, ultimately, the world, is by using those who follow him to do good. That’s why Jesus said we should live our lives to love God and love people. If we do that, we will turn the world upside down. How are you making a positive impact with your life? One of the best ways may be to volunteer at Verve. Helping other people experience the love of God is an awesome experience, and serving at Verve is the perfect opportunity to do just that. Where are you volunteering right now? If you're not, sign up this weekend!