Sunday, January 15, 2012

Jan 15: 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. These people lived a super long time. Adam lived to be 930. In this chapter we read about Methuselah, who is the oldest man recorded in the Bible; he lived to be 969.
  • We’re not entirely sure why people lived so long but we will notice that, after the flood (which we will read about next weekend), people stopped living so long. There are some theories; maybe the best is that God designed human beings to live forever, but humanity's tendency to sin resulted in drastically shorter lifespans.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Maybe you’re wondering why God didn’t allow people to continue to live so long. Honestly, 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?)

  • However, this should also be a reminder for us to do something positive with our life in the short time we’re here. God decided that the main way he would positively change people’s lives and, ultimately, the world, is by using those who follow him. 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.