Preaching: Troy Martin
Text: Genesis 5:1-32
Title: Theology of Genealogy
Adam died at 930 (years of age). Which means some interesting things. Seth was born when he was 130, and Enos when he was 230; Cainan at 325, Mahalaleel at 395, Jared at 460, Enoch at 622, Methuselah at 687, and Lamech at 874. The world would have been an increasingly crowded place during Adam’s life.
All of them would have come from Adam. What did he think as he looked out at all his family? What great lesson would have arrested his attention? What was God teaching him, not just in looking at this line, but in also pondering his line in Cain. Today’s section might just answer some of those questions….
v. 1 We are told that this chapter is a “book.” This book begins with the genealogy of Seth. Why a genealogy? Because when God had promised salvation through a seed, faithful men studied those seed.
v. 2 Seth’s genealogy begins with Adam. It also displays that Adam and Eve were blessed for they were a family. The two becomes one which in turn became three, four, and five.
v. 3 This faithful line starts with Adam imitating his God. For the text notes that Adam makes a son in his “likeness” and “image’ and consequently Adam gives this seed a name, following the example of God.
v. 4-32 And what follows is the escalating grace of God in the genealogy of Seth.
God loves to work his grace through the faith of families. That is why he says things like “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” Acts 16:31 Notice here as in so many other places, God’s gracious gift: “believe … and be saved” and God’s generational concern: “and thy house.” If grace and faith are so intrinsically tied, what does that mean for us?
Faithfulness looks for ___________________. Abraham was the father of the faithful - not because he was amazing, but because God gave him a promise, and he trusted that God was amazing. The only reason faith matters is that God is faithful to keep his promises.
Faithfulness looks back __________________. “What hast thou that thou didst not receive?” That verse in 1 Cor. 4:7 teaches us that everything is a gift. But the important moment comes not in realizing this, but rather in receiving everything - even family - with thanksgiving.
Faithfulness is _______________________ . Because everything is given by God, even our goodness is graciousness. Faithfulness does not earn anything from God, rather it gives confidence in the graciousness of God.
Questions for Household Growth
Give one reason why the Bible has so many genealogies.
Name differences between the genealogies in ch 4 and 5.
What does Exodus 34:6-7 teach us about God, grace, and generations?