#Bible365 – Walking Faithfully with God

While running through the Bible in a year, I’m trying to get into the habit of reading it aloud to Mrs Sofas’ pregnant belly. (I guess it’s to get me into the habit of reading the Bible to the kid). Well I was reading the following part from Genesis Chapter 5 the other day:
15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared. 16 After he became the father of Jared, Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters. 17 Altogether, Mahalalel lived a total of 895 years, and then he died.

18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. 19 After he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 Altogether, Jared lived a total of 962 years, and then he died.

21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 26 After he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.

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To be honest, it became a bit of a joke. The way I was reading it was beginning to sound a bit like:
Dude was born, had kids. Then died
Dude was born, had kids. Then died
Dude was born, had kids. Then guess what?
He died
Dude was born, had kids. Then…
He didn’t.
He didn’t die?
I realise that Genesis is one of those books in the Bible that people more clever then me have many theories and ideas about, but I cant help but wonder whats going on here? The writer of Genesis obviously had a point to make here: What ever happened to Enoch, he didn’t just die like the people before and after him.
The writer of Genesis also makes a point that he walked faithfully with God.
Would people make the same point about us?

#Bible365: A Look at Genesis 6

OneYearBibleBannerWhile reading through the Bible in a year passages this week, we’ve been reading Genesis chapter 6.

You know… the bit about Noah… boats… and the rain storm that wouldn’t quit?

Christianity Magazine asks if it really happened in quite the way sunday school probably suggested it did:

…But the idea of Noah’s flood covering the whole earth and all its mountains is much more difficult to envisage. How can six million land species be rescued in one boat? Or, if only a few thousand species were rescued, how have others evolved so fast since then? How did river and sea life survive in mixed salt and fresh water? How did land plants survive under water for a year? It wasn’t just seeds that survived because the dove found a full-grown olive tree! The account seems to pose some embarrassing questions.

But before we dismiss the story, let’s take a serious look at the actual text. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the story beloved of children’s books of a world-wide flood and a rescue mission for every land species on the planet, but is the story told like that in the text itself?

The traditional version of the account isn’t necessarily wrong, but it isn’t necessarily right…

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