So far we have learned that Adam and Eve really butchered things for the rest of us. God planned for man to be perfect, and without sin. Once they sinned, everything changed.
Adam and Eve later had children. Among their children were Cain, Abel and Seth. You might have heard of Cain and Abel before. Cain killed Abel because God was happier with Abel’s offering to Him (Genesis 4). I guess when you and your siblings and your parents are the only people on the whole earth, sibling rivalry gets taken to a whole new level.
The brother that you might not have heard of is Seth. However, he plays a role in the greater story of Jesus’s birth. Seth had a son named Enoch.
“Enoch walked with God.”Genesis 5:22
This is the first look at the third generation after creation. We don’t know a lot about Adam and Eve’s other grandchildren. However we know that Enoch, Seth’s son, loved and walked with God.
Why does this matter?
If we look back at the three original siblings, I think we can assume without being judgmental that Cain probably isn’t teaching his children and family to love and walk with God. Abel is now dead. That leaves is Seth.
Do you remember in the Bible when God gets upset with creation and decides to start over by flooding the earth? Who did God ask to build an ark?
So the Lord said, ‘I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.‘ But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
Which family line do you think Noah came from?
That’s right. Noah came from Seth’s family line.
Seth fathered Enoch (who walked with God)
Enoch fathered Methuselah
Methuselah fathered Lamech
Lamech fathered Noah
When God became grieved by mankind and chose to flood the earth, we see that he chose from a certain lineage. A lineage that started from God, then Adam and Eve, then a sibling whose son (Enoch) was known for his love for God. Then years later, through Noah.
“Enoch walked with God” Genesis 5:22
“Noah walked with God” Genesis 6:9
Isn’t it fun seeing this lineage unfold?
Question to think about: How can we invest in our children so that we can make an impact for generations to come?
Tuesday trivia question: When the flood was over, what signal did God send Noah and his family as a promise that he would never flood the earth again?