"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" – John 3:16
Reading from ESV bible
1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man1 when they were created. 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. 4 The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters. 5 Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died.
6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he fathered Enosh. 7 Seth lived after he fathered Enosh 807 years and had other sons and daughters.8 Thus all the days of Seth were 912 years, and he died.
9 When Enosh had lived 90 years, he fathered Kenan. 10 Enosh lived after he fathered Kenan 815 years and had other sons and daughters.11 Thus all the days of Enosh were 905 years, and he died.
12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he fathered Mahalalel. 13 Kenan lived after he fathered Mahalalel 840 years and had other sons and daughters. 14 Thus all the days of Kenan were 910 years, and he died.
15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he fathered Jared. 16 Mahalalel lived after he fathered Jared 830 years and had other sons and daughters. 17 Thus all the days of Mahalalel were 895 years, and he died.
18 When Jared had lived 162 years he fathered Enoch. 19 Jared lived after he fathered Enoch 800 years and had other sons and daughters.20 Thus all the days of Jared were 962 years, and he died.
21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. 22 Enoch walked with God2 after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years.24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he fathered Lamech. 26 Methuselah lived after he fathered Lamech 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Thus all the days of Methuselah were 969 years, and he died.
28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son 29 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.” 30 Lamech lived after he fathered Noah 595 years and had other sons and daughters. 31 Thus all the days of Lamech were 777 years, and he died.
32 After Noah was 500 years old, Noah fathered Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
1 When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” 4 The Nephilim2 were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.
5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
1. Death reaches everyone, but God can lift us out (chapter 5).
The monotony and repetitiveness of this chapter shows the point, the horrible thud of death. They are all real people. They all died generation after generation. The main point is God is right when he said ‘if you eat from the tree, you will die’. Death comes to everyone.
It is tempting not to see death. But this chapter helps us engage with death and find hope. In verse 24, Enoch walked with God and he was not for God took him. By faith he didn’t see death. He was lifted out of the pattern of death because he walked with God. He isn’t morally better than everyone else. He is a good friend with God and relies on God. If we believe in God, our verdict is verse 24 – not death but life. Enoch lived the shortest life out of everyone in the chapter. But because he belongs to God, he lives forever.
“Someday you will read in the papers that D. L. Moody of East Northfield is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up higher, that is all, out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal — a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint; a body fashioned like unto His glorious body.” D L Moody, American Evangelist (1837-1899)
2. Sin spoils everything but God has a plan (chapter 6:1-6)
As man multiplies, sins multiply. Whatever was happening, people disobeyed God and sins spreaded. This chapter shows the repeated pattern of the first sin: Eva saw it was good and she took and ate it. In verse 5 and 6, sins were continual and in every intention. Since the fall, it is our world – evil continually. Bible uses the word ‘evil’ widely than just Hitler. The natural default of human heart is evil – steer away from God and hurt other people. If we haven’t learned that about ourselves, then we haven’t understood it yet. We are naive about our sin and forget about it. The big battle this week is to keep fighting against our sins. Tiredness and alcohol only bring out what are already in there. The problem is my heart. In verse 5, God sees it all. God sees into our heart and our intention. Verse 6 shows the impact on God. The ways we treat each other and God grieve him. Everything gets to God.
In verse 7, God brings sins to an end. In this section Noah stands out. He found favour in the eyes of the Lord. He is not any better than others but God found him by grace. We need grace and favour of God in our life. Even God brings judgement, he still shows grace and favour to those who come to him.
God’s plan is in chapter 3:15 to deal with the source of evil, i.e. to send Satan crasher. In Luke chapter 3, we see Jesus was traced back to God. God sent a saviour for us – the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sermon by Matt Lloyd