The Reign of Death | Genesis 5

Most people tend to skim over this chapter in their Bible reading. This is a boring genealogy, a long list of names that means virtually nothing to modern sensibilities. Or so we think. In reality, the meaning and impact of this chapter are fundamental to Genesis’ development of the effects of sin upon humanity. It …

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Jacob & Esau: Two Roads | Genesis 35-36

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” (Genesis 35:1) God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him. And God said to …

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Jesus’ Genealogy | Day 22

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. (Matthew 1:1 ESV) Even though genealogies can be quite boring, Matthew has a significant reason for beginning his Gospel with one. The listed genealogy intrinsically ties Jesus to the entirety of the Old Testament. As we have seen, God …

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The Bringer of Rest | Day 3

When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.” (Genesis 5:28-29) Genesis 5 is the Bible’s first genealogy, and within it, we …

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How Should We Read Genealogies in the Bible?

As I approach Luke 3 for preaching this week, I find myself staring down upon one of the dreaded begats found throughout the Bible. As a pastor, I am uncertain if I am allowed to say this, but the genealogies in the Bible can be pretty boring. Often, they are simply scattered throughout certain places, yet …

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