3. Jesus, descendant of Noah

The following is based on Genesis 5:1-6:8; Luke 3:35

Something that people need to understand — according to author and speaker Dr. Larry Osborne, one of four senior pastors at North Coast Church, based in Vista, California — is that the Bible was never intended to be a history of the world. It is primarily a family genealogy, emphasizing the continuing lineage that can be traced from Adam and Eve down through generations to one woman and one man — the virgin Mary and her son, Yeshua or, as the English translation calls him, Jesus Christ.

We have seen so far that Jesus was descended from Adam and Eve’s son Seth. Genesis 5:3 tells us that Adam was 130 years old when Seth was born. The balance of Chapter 5 records Seth’s family line — all the males born to his descendants over the course of hundreds of years — down to a man named Noah.

Perhaps the most important issue to point out here, before we continue beyond Noah, is spelled out by two key verses.

At the end of Chapter 4, verse 26 says this: “Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord” (NIV). Chapter 5 is dedicated to detailing the seven generations that passed between Seth and his “great times six” grandson, Noah. (Don’t quote me on that, please. I wasn’t great at math. Look it up for yourself!) Then in Chapter 6 we come across an interesting change in the culture of humankind. Genesis 6:5 says this: “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time” (NIV).

The RELATIONSHIP that had begun forming around the time of Seth and Enosh had deteriorated to such a degree that the Lord God was having second thoughts:

The Lord God regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created — and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground — for I regret that I have made them.'” (Genesis 6:5-7, NIV)

But then something amazing and very important happened. We see in verse 8 that the Lord God STILL DESIRED RELATIONSHIP: “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

One man’s GOODNESS rose above the unprecedented EVIL that had taken over the entire earth!

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