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Foundations #5: The Line of the Promise

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I. Introduction

Genesis 1–11 provides the broadest, most universal and cosmic setting for the total promise-plan of God

A. Foundations #1: The God of Creation

B. Foundations #2: The God Who Made Us

C. Foundations #3: The Corruption of God’s Creation

D. Foundations #4: The Fallen First Family

In order to understand God’s purposes and the reason for the author’s writing, one must recall the promise and prophecy of Genesis 3:15.
Genesis 3:15 ESV
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
And so for the rest of the Old Testament, there is an insistent and persistent looking for of Messiah–the Seed of the woman–who would crush the head of the serpent.

II. The Second ‘Toledot’ – the blessed line. Gen 5:1-3

A. This is the account or the written document of (Gen 5:1a)

B. Man is confirmed to be created in the image of God (Gen 5:1b-2)

C. Adam fathered a son when he was 130 years old in his own likeness (Gen. 5:3)

D. Seth is the appointed blessed line of believers in contrast to the line of Cain in chapter 4.

III. Adam’s lifespan and death (Gen 5:4-5)

A. Adam lived another 800 years after he Seth

B. Adam had several if not many children

C. Adam died at 930 years old.

IV. Seth and his Posterity (Gen 5:6-20)

Genesis 3:17–19 ESV
17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

V. Enoch – a special example from the line of promise (Gen 5:21-24)

A. Enoch walked with God (v. 22; cf. Micah 6:8; Mal 2:6)

Genesis 6:9 ESV
9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.

B. Enoch was not, for God took him (v. 24)

Hebrews 11:5 ESV
5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.

C. What else do we see in the Scriptures about Enoch?

Enoch’s historicity is affirmed by the rest of the Bible in 1 Chronicles 1:3; Luke 3:37; Hebrews 11 and Jude 14-15.
Enoch was a prophet and saw the coming of the Lord! (Jude 14-15)

VI. The Line of Promise continues to Noah and his sons (Gen 5:25-32)

A. Methuselah (v. 25-27)

B. Lamech (v. 28-31)

Lamech prophesies at the birth of his son Noah. (v. 29)
Lamech shows his belief in the word of God to Adam in Gen 3:17-19
Lamech acknowledges the curse (v. 29a)
Lamech acknowledges the blessing (v. 29b)

C. Noah (vs. 32)

Shem
Ham
Japheth

VII. Foundation Importance

God graciously blessed mankind from the very beginning intending to have them populate His earth. Despite the fall, God’s plan is not thwarted.
In Genesis 5:2, when God calls both of them man, He is emphasizes that even though the male, as head, bore the name of the race, it is both of them who are God’s expression of what it is to be ‘human’ (Compare 1 Cor 11:11) and He made to image Him.
Man was not created to die but to live forever. But because of original sin, and a sin nature inherited from our first parents, man dies just as Adam did in Genesis 5:5. (see Gen. 2:15-17; cf. Ezekiel 18:4)
The long ages of the antediluvian patriarchs afforded them the opportunity to communicate the Word of God to their descendents in person and using written documents which they could themselves have confirmed. (See Tables of Ages)
God’s plan was to use a godly line of descendants, even despite the fall, to be His instruments in accomplishing His plan of manifesting His rule upon the earth. (Gen. 5:1-2)
As in our previous message where we saw that Abel’s blood spoke to God from the grave, signifying that eternal life is God’s will for the righteous (cf. Heb 12:24; Revelation 6:9), Enoch is a picture of the future translation and resurrection of the dead for believers. (cf. 1 Thes 4:14-17).
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