January 7, 2019
DAY 9 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Key Verses for Today: Genesis 4:19 and 4:23-24
In studying Chapters 4-7 it is obvious that the draw sin has on “Mankind” is very strong and deadly. When Adam and Eve choose to disobey God and eat fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, all creation was changed. Their decision to disobey changed the relationship between all of God’s creation.
Chapter 4 of Genesis shares the first recorded murder in history when Cain killed Able because Abel’s sacrifice was more pleasing to God. Lamech, Cain’s son, marries two wives in contradiction to God’s command in Genesis 2:24. Lamech boasted to his wives that he murdered a young man for trivial offense which should result in a curse upon him from God that is twice as great as his Great-Great-Great-Grandfather.
19 Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah. (Genesis 4:19, NIV)
23 Lamech said to his wives,
“Adah and Zillah, listen to me;
wives of Lamech, hear my words.
I have killed a man for wounding me,
a young man for injuring me.
24 If Cain is avenged seven times,
then Lamech seventy-seven times.” (Genesis 4:23-24, NIV)
Chapter 5 of the Book of Genesis is the genealogy of Adam’s family after the birth of Seth. Cain is not included in Adam’s genealogy. Cain’s descendants are given in Chapter 4 of Genesis.
Chapter 6 and 7 of Genesis recounts rampant sexual immorality and God’s created earth overrun by violence. God’s wrath builds as He prepares to destroy all breathing life upon the earth. In verse 13 of Chapter 6 God shares His plan to continue to put an end to all people on the earth, except Noah and his family. Do you think God had Noah’s attention? Chapter 6 verse 17. The flood, that destroyed all living things that inhabited the dry lands, began.
It is very important for all of us to understand that we each have to make a choice. There are only two options. We can seek to live a righteous life in God’s eyes or we can choose to follow the allure of sin. If you chose to live a life guided by your sinful nature you will be cast away from God’s coming kingdom, for the wages of sinned is death. (Romans 6:23a) On the other hand if you chose life of seeking righteousness you will receive the gift of eternal life with God. (Romans 6:23b)
It is time to set back and reflect on these four chapters of the Book of Genesis, if you are journaling, jot some notes about the condition of your life as you see it, then get real serious, being totally honest, jot down what you think an all-knowing God sees. Are they the same? It is never too late to make the necessary adjustments to your life. You can start right now.