BSF Study Questions Genesis Lesson 6, Day 3: Genesis 5

Summary of passage:  A written account of Adam’s line.  God created man (Adam) in His likeness.  Then Adam had a son, Seth, in his likeness instead of God’s since Adam had ushered sin into this world.  Seth had Enosh.  Enosh had Kenan.  Kenan had Mahalalel.  Mahalalel had Jared.  Jared had Enoch.  Enoch had Methuselah.  Methuselah had Lamech.  Lamech had Noah.  Noah had Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Enoch walked with God so he did not die we are told.

Questions:

5a)  “And then he died”

b)  John 3:6-8: You must be born again in the Spirit

John 8:24:  If you don’t believe in Jesus, you will die in your sins

Romans 5:14:  Death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses.  Adam was the pattern of the one to come.

Romans 6:23:  The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus

6)  That Adam was created sinless but Seth was not.  Once Adam sinned, all man was born into sin; thus, Seth was as well.  But if you believe in Jesus and what he did for us on the cross, you will be made righteous and be justified before God.

Conclusions:  All men are born sinners.  But all men can be redeemed through Jesus Christ our Savior.

7a)  “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more because God took him away.”  He did not die.  The writer of Hebrews thus commends Enoch as a man of faith since “without faith it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:5-6

b)  In Genesis 5, we only have one example of faithfulness (Enoch) and we know nothing about him except he walked with God.  There could have been others but none are mentioned specifically.  So, it encourages me to walk with God.

Conclusions:  I see Genesis 5 as nothing more than a genealogy to Noah.  So, I re-read the questions and am trying to think about what I’m supposed to get out of this besides we all die but can be redeemed through Jesus.

Enoch walked with God but that is all we are told–no specifics.  So a guy who’s mentioned a handful of times in the Bible doesn’t really encourage me.

I think the question would have been better asking who has encouraged us in our commitment to God and how instead of pointing to a dead guy none of us know.

Again, not getting much out of this one either.  Either I am struggling to get a personal application out of a list of names or BSF is struggling to get a personal application question out of a genealogical record.

Either way I’m not getting much.