Our passage today covers so much material it's hard to choose what to focus on!
It is sad how quickly sin's grip on humanity is revealed. Only one generation in and we have a murder! The sin of murder started with the much "smaller" sins of a wrong attitude and jealousy. A good reminder that when we allow any sin to take root in our lives, its grip on our life multiples exponentially until we are so blinded we do things we never could have imagined we could do. We must be vigilant and remember the truth that "there but for the grace of God, go I".
I found several things about the genealogy of chapter 5 fascinating. First, take a look at this chart....
Now read the gospel: Man [is] Appointed [to] Mortal Sorrow; [But!] the Blessed God Shall come down, Teaching, [and] His death shall bring The Despairing Rest, or Comfort.
Even in a genealogy God tells us about His plan for salvation!
Something else I marveled at is the strength of Noah's faith. We often feel like Christians are in the minority, but we've got nothing on Noah! He was the ONLY man of genuine faith living on the face of the earth. The only one. I can't even grasp that. The only one. And yet he built an ark, in a time when there possibly had never been rain on the face of the earth. Why? Because God told him to. What faith!
The ark, of course, is also a picture of Christ. The Answers in Genesis website explains....
By entering the Ark, Noah ensured the physical survival of himself and his family. When we enter into saving faith through Jesus, we ensure our spiritual survival through eternal life with Christ.
When the destruction of the world loomed, God called out to Noah: “Come . . . into the Ark”. God was with Noah and his family throughout that frightening year-long ordeal and protected and presumably comforted them. When we receive Jesus as our Savior, God, in the person of the Holy Spirit, comforts and protects us.
The Ark had only one door through which Noah had to enter in order to be saved from the Flood. Likewise, salvation in Christ has only one door. We enter it by faith in Jesus’s once-and-for-all-time sacrificial death on the Cross and His bodily resurrection three days later.
Finally, after Noah entered the Ark, God Himself closed the door. Those people outside who chose not to enter the Ark’s door were left to face the destructive force of the Flood. Today, we have only this one life to enter Christ’s door of salvation.
Sorry this got a little long - tons of fascinating stuff in our passage today!