Genesis: Life happens

Genesis 5:1–32

And so stuff happened.

That’s more or less what this chapter says. People lived. People had kids. People died. And that’s life, isn’t it? It’s sobering to consider these were real people with real lives. And yet, for 800–900 years, the best the biblical writer can tell us is: They lived, they had some kids, and they died.


The pattern breaks twice in the chapter and that should grab our attention. This guy Enoch. He walks with God. That doesn’t get said about too many people. Whatever it means, it sounds like a good thing.

And then this guy Lamech with a prophetic word over his son. As bad as things have been in chapter 3 and 4, here for the first time someone hopes. There’s a chance that tomorrow could be better than today. That had never happened before, and it’s the first of the Bible’s signposts pointing us to Jesus. Hope is coming.

So are you going to live a life that people know, or will you only be remembered for your name and how long you lived?

So what about you? What do you see?


About peterjwhite

I am a pastor to college students in Tulsa, OK.
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