Gracious God, You create and complete all things. I pray that You will complete Your work in me.
Read Genesis 5:1-32
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Each new birth is a sign that God wants history to continue” (Source Unknown).
Despite human rebellion and violence, God’s blessing and the dignity and value of each person in succeeding generations are reaffirmed. A play on the word “adam” occurs six times in vs. 1-5. It refers to both generic “human beings,” the name given by God to both “male and female,” and the individual “Adam.” Even v. 3, “Adam” had a son “and he named him Seth,” parallels the earlier statement “his wife … gave birth to a son and she named him Seth” (4:25). God’s “blessing” (2; c.f. 1:27,28) and its fruition see male and female together.
That the “likeness of God” given to humans continues beyond the first couple is emphasized by the use of both “likeness” and “image” (1,3). The possibility of relationship with God and his blessing of fruitfulness and responsibility continue–as does each individual’s worth. We should not despise, belittle or mistreat another person because of their race, gender or social standing (Psa. 8:3-8; Prov. 14:31; 22:2; Jas. 3:9)
In biblical genealogies, there is often a focus on the seventh name. Enoch “walked faithfully with God … God took him away” (22, 24). His intimate fellowship points to the possibilities of life directed to what is good. In contrast, the seventh name in the preceding genealogy is Lamech, whose words are of violent dominance (4:18,19,23,24), and illustrate the human proclivity to adapt their inventions to inflict harm on others. The paralleling of Lamech and Enoch foreshadows the contrasts of violence along with desires for a better way. The “image” has been marred, but in Christ, “the image of God,” it becomes possible to be renewed after his image, becoming the people God made us to be (2 Cor. 3:18; Col 1:15; 3:10,11). Still, irrespective of human response, God continues to bless us with life.
Give thanks to God for his continuing blessings, above all for his renewing you and all things in Christ.
Father, like Enoch I want to walk with You each day. I have begun that walk with You and pray for perseverance to continue throughout this life.
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