Today’s reading is: Gen. 4-6; 1st Chr. 1:1-4
Genesis Chapter Four
- The first human birth recognizes God’s Sovereignty in the gift of grace to parents (Gen. 4:1).
- Cain. קַיִן qayin #7014: possession. fr. קָנָה qānāh #7069: to get, acquire, buy, possess.
- Abel. הֶבֶל hebel #1893: breath. Same as #1892: vapor, breath, vanity.
- Abel’s sacrifice was accepted by the Lord (Gen. 4:4), as an offering by faith (Heb. 11:4), according to the revealed Word of God (Rom. 10:17).
- Cain’s sacrifice was rejected by the Lord (Gen. 4:5), as an offering without faith (Heb. 11:6), under the influence of Satanic teaching (1st Jn. 3:12).
- Even after the murder, the Lord provides Cain with the opportunity to repent and confess (Gen. 4:9).
- Even in Divine judgement, the Lord shows mercy to Cain (Gen. 4:15).
- Cain’s civilization flourished apart from the presence of the Lord (Gen. 4:16-24).
- God graciously provides a Godly son for the blessing of Adam & Eve (Gen. 4:25,26; Ps. 127:3; Prov. 23:24,25). Seth שֵׁת shēth #8352: compensation, fr. שִׁית shiyth #7896: to put, set.
Genesis Chapter Five + 1 Chr. 1:1-4
- Genesis 5 tracks 2000+ years of Gentile history, from Adam to Noah’s 3 sons.
- Adam was made in the likeness of God, but Adam’s sons were born in Adam’s image (Gen. 5:3).
- Summary of Generations giving preference to the Greek LXX over the Hebrew MT: AM = Anno Mundi
|Adam||b. 0||d. 930AM|
|Seth||b. 230||d. 1142|
|Enosh||b. 435||d. 1340|
|Kenan||b. 625||d. 1535|
|Mahalalel||b. 795||d. 1690|
|Jared||b. 960||d. 1922|
|Enoch||b. 1122||d. 1487|
|Methuselah||b. 1287||d. 2256*|
|Lamech||b. 1474||d. 2221|
|Noah||b. 1656||d. 2606AM|
- Enoch becomes the Gentile type of Church-Age believer when he is “raptured” to heaven (Gen. 5:21-24).
Genesis Chapter Six
- The sons of God are (fallen) angels (Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7).
- The daughters of men are human women.
- Their offspring are Nephilim “fallen ones” (Gen. 6:4). These giants are committed enemies of the Lord, and servants of their fallen angelic parents (Num. 13:33).
- The pollution of the entire human race was nearly achieved (Gen. 6:12). The adversary nearly corrupted the “seed of the woman” that God promised would bruise his head.
- Noah became the object of God’s grace (Gen. 6:8).
- Noah’s family was preserved through the flood as an expression of God’s grace in delivering believers through their trials (2nd Pet. 2:5,9).
- God instructed Noah to construct an Ark for the preservation of his family, and the animals of the world (Gen. 6:14-22).
- The ark was 440’ long, 73’ wide, and 44’ high. (The Mayflower was only 90’ long).
- The ark was a vessel of three decks with a capacity of 1,500,000 cubic feet, and a deck area of 95,700 square feet.
- For a discussion on the thousands of animal species, and the ark’s capacity to contain these animals, see Noah’s Ark: A Feasibility Study by John Woodmorappe, Institute for Creation Research.
- The flood of the world was a universal flood, that destroyed the entire human race except for Noah, his three sons, and their four wives (Lk. 17:27; 2nd Pet. 2:5).
- The preservation of the animal realm was achieved by taking a mating pair of each bird, animal, and creeping thing (Gen. 6:20-22).