Genesis: Day 2

The Descendants of Adam

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Today's Text: Genesis 4:1-26, Genesis 5:1-32, Colossians 1:15-20

Text: Genesis 4:1-26, Genesis 5:1-32, Colossians 1:15-20

I find Genesis compelling because it is full of firsts. The first people and first animals, the first garden and the first marriage, the first sin and the first shame. And here, in Genesis 4 and 5, we come to the first genealogies found in Scripture.

When reading through the Old Testament, I think it’s natural to want to skip over the genealogies. After all, they’re just lists of names, right? Long lists that can feel like an interruption to the more intriguing story at hand. But there’s a reason genealogies are prominent in God’s Word. Matthew Henry explains, “Christ, who was the end of the Old Testament law, was also the end of the Old Testament genealogies; towards Him they looked, and in Him they centered.”

I like to think of it this way: the entire Old Testament is a long genealogy just waiting for the Messiah’s name to show up on the list. In between the genealogies, we find history,  prophecies, and the law. With each new birth, the story pauses and the chosen people hold their breath. Could this be it? they wondered. Has our hope finally come?

Hoping and waiting. Waiting and hoping. Hoping…

You know the drill. We all do. It’s the feeling that what we hope for most is just around the corner. It’s the belief that if A, B, or C could just happen already, then life could really get started and be somehow more fulfilling. We know what it’s like to put our hope in the next thing or in the next person. And we know what it’s like for that hope to be crushed, to feel we’re forced into yet another season of waiting.

When our hope is contingent upon events or people, life can feel like a rollercoaster ride, exhausting and out of control. But what we see from the extensive genealogies in Scripture, beginning in Genesis, is that our real hope has already come.

On down the line from Seth, Jesus our Savior arrives on the scene. He’s the end of the genealogy. While people had always been created in the image of God, Jesus is the image of God. He’s the “firstborn over all creation” (Colossians 1:15). Christ is the end of one long line of descendants, but He’s also the beginning of a new spiritual genealogy. For all things were created through Him (Colossians 1:16), and through Him we have been reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18). The curse of sin that began with Adam has been broken.

Jesus transformed our identity. Through His sacrifice, we’ve become adopted (Romans 8:14-17), accepted (Romans 15:7), and beloved children of God destined to spend eternity with Him (Ephesians 1:5-6). Nothing can change that (Romans 8:35, 38-39). Talk about hope at its finest!

This doesn’t mean we won’t hope for certain things, nor will our hearts avoid sadness and disappointment when those hopes aren’t fulfilled. But beneath the unpredictability of our hoping and waiting, there is the certainty that, come what may, all our hopes are ultimately fulfilled in Christ.

We are no longer awaiting His birth, for He has already come. “God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:19-20).

The hope of His peace is one that will not disappoint.

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  • Emma Canty-Carrel

    I think that can look like how every day our hopes point towards being happy and fulfilled, and ultimately God really fulfills that all. We still have hopes and dreams, but every day we can look at the promise that He gave us to work all things together for our good and his promise of a perfect plan for our lives. That way we can trust that even if our specific hopes and dreams don’t happen or don’t happen when we want them to, his hopes and dreams for us do and we are always being brought down his perfect path.

  • Our hope is now fulfilled in Jesus. It’s kind of scary to believe and trust that Jesus really can be my hope. What does that look like on any given day for you?

  • Phylicia

    What a beautiful and new way to read the genealogies throughout the bible! As waiting and hoping — definitely never thought of it this way.

  • Courtney Warren

    I love that from the very beginning God was making covenants with us. He is always faithful even when we fail!

  • samantha

    I’ve never been more excited to read the genealogies in the Bible! Praise God for excitement and hunger for ALL of His Word!

  • Amen

  • I have just joined this community, and it’s amazing the revelation that I am receiving. God bless you all

  • This was a much needed reminder. Our hope can easily stray to people and things. Keeping my hope Anchored today in the one who is doesn’t disappoint. Thank you.

    • Angela Jo

      Your words reminded me of the song lyrics, my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. Christ is our rock!

  • B.Walker

    I never would have considered looking at the genealogies like this. Brilliant

    • Brittany

      I agree! I could not imagine “holding my breath” waiting on hope to arrive, wondering when it would arrive!

  • Ashley Teague

    “But what we see from the extensive genealogies in Scripture, beginning in Genesis, is that our real hope has already come.” How wonderful it is to have hope in Jesus!

  • “The hope of His peace is one that will not disappoint.” Oh, how much of this world is a disappointment! People who are flawed & don’t do what they say they will do, or walk around wishing life could have turned out differently, or wanting a better body/job/savings account to start the new year. Truthfully I’ve been disappointed about all of those things myself — but there’s no disappointment in our Good God and the peace he offers! It is all-comforting, all-knowing, all-consoling. He always keeps His word, fulfilling every thing He says He will do. And in Him our lives that “didn’t quite work out” are redeemed; in Him our bodies are sanctified, our jobs on earth take on meaning; in Him our eternal savings accounts make sense. He is the glue that binds it all together, in His time and in time in His presence. I’m so thankful for God; without Him there’s no reason for any of it.

  • I too read quickly through genealogy. This time I read through it differently and Enoch caught my eye. Genesis 5:24. Enoch walked with God; then he was not there because God took him. Studied this and realized God took him during his prime, that he may have held a priest like position. That he didn’t live like the rest because he walked with God. The Mathew Henry commentary opened my eyes in this particular part of the genealogy. Amazing!

    • Kylee

      Lindsey, I was wondering about that as it caught my eye too! The verbiage was different for Enoch. Thank you for shedding light on this — fascinating.

    • April

      Yes, Enoch didn’t experience a physical death. For that reason, some believe he might be one of the two witnesses in Revelation (e.g., Enoch and Elijah). There are arguments for and against that idea, it’s something to study, but whether he will come back at that time or not, his lack of physical death is notable.

  • I loved this devotional. It was so encouraging, hopeful, and renewing. Thank you for explaining the true beauty of genealogy.

  • What an awesome way to look at the genealogy!

    • April

      Agreed. I admit to often being a skimmer and a skipper when it came to those long lists of names!

  • Hannah - Swansea - UK

    Love that Monica!! Never seen or heard that before. Love it that it all points to Him.

  • I heard this many years ago and it has always amazed me about the genealogy of Genesis 5

    The names in the genesis have meanings that when put together from the bloodline from Adam to Noah tells the Gospel.

    Adam -Man
    Seth -Appointed
    Enosh – Mortal
    Kenan – Sorrow
    Mahalalel – The blessed God
    Jared – Shall come down
    Enoch – Teaching
    Methuselah – His death shall bring
    Lamech – Despairing
    Noah – Comfort and rest

    Put those meanings into a complete sentence and you get: Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow, (but) the blessed God shall come down teaching. His death shall bring (the) despairing comfort and rest.

    • Claudia

      Although the Old Testament genealogies and architectural building isn’t always easy to read, I love hearing things like this because it reminds me that the entire Old Testament alludes to Jesus! It is amazing how all points to Christ!

    • k~

      Thank you for sharing this… definitely a “wow” for me, since I had not heard it before.

    • Kaylee

      I’m not much for reading the Old Testament or Genesis because it has many stories within stories that are hard to follow, but I like how this bible study is opening my eyes to Christ again. I’m getting a new look at seeing hope and the connection to the New Testament. Monica, thank you for your sentence about the bloodline from Adam to Noah. I have never heard that before and now it makes sense why all of Adam’s sons are meaningful in the Bible!

    • Mandy

      Wow!!!!

    • Casey

      So cool! Thanks for sharing! It’s a completely new perspective.

    • KrisAnn

      So interesting. I’ve never heard that before.

    • KrisAnn

      Such an interesting approach to the genealogy. I’ve read it so many times and just rushed through. If forgotten that it leads to Jesus. All along the line they were waiting for the Savior.

    • danthony0902

      Gosh that’s so awesome!! I never knew that

    • Victoria

      That is amazing!!

    • Elle

      Thankful for bringing attention to that and opening my eyes yet again to the fact that God was working out His ultimate plan, will and purpose out from the very beginning! God is truly sovereign!

    • Nikki

      Wow what a beautiful insight! Thanks for sharing!

  • I loved this: “But beneath the unpredictability of our hoping and waiting, there is the certainty that, come what may, all our hopes are ultimately fulfilled in Christ. ” My husband and I are planting a new church and it does feel completely unpredictable and like I am on a roller coaster! But I pray that I can cling to the certainty of Christ and the hope that he brings. Our first service is today- be praying for us!:)

    • Kim

      May God bless you and your service today and may His face shine in your works and give you comfort along the way.

    • Sandy

      How did the service go? God bless you for listening and obeying

      • Kate

        Thank you for your prayers! It went well! There is still much to be done though!

    • Amy

      Yes, I’ve been praying too Kate. How did it go? Blessings!

      • Missy Pedersen

        Tina, I’m so sorry to hear of your friend’s tragic loss. I’ll be in prayer with you as well. I firmly believe God heals and uses our brokenness in ways unimaginable.

      • Kate

        Thank you for your prayers! It went well! There is still much to be done though!

  • I wonder…were they fearful the Messiah would never come? Many had waited so long. Loved the entirety of their lives and had not seen him. I think that’s why one of my very favorite passages of scripture is when Mary and Joseph take Jesus to Simeon and he says, “let your servant now depart in peace…I’ve seen your salvation…the light of the Gentiles”. You can just feel his fulfilled hope. I allow myself to cave into fear so often. The list of what ifs in my head is so long. God always comes through, no matter what or how long. We see that supremely in Jesus. I must remember that I can lean on him and know he will always take care of things. I need to let my Savior, who was long awaited by so many, to lead me all the way.

    • Tina

      Oops! Meant *lived the entirety of their lives.

    • Sandy

      My New saying is “it will work out”, so often in life we worry about stuff, when Daddy God tells us not to worry. We try and look around the corner, when Gods asks us to enjoy the grace of the day. So now I am learning to just lean on God, (finance, family, friends) and everyday life… all in Gods hands… cos it will work out.

      • Amy

        Thanks, Sandy. My Mom, Sandy, used to always say, “It will all work out.” She had deep trust in this due to our Lord. She modeled this which quite frankly has been one of my life’s greatest gifts. It allows you to step out into this life and all that He has for us. Having been a person that came wired with a natural inclination towards fear- I feel He is drawing me close by His Word and SRT- to finally break this chain. SRT has already taught me so much- those chains are nearly broken. Thank you, Sandy, for sharing and being a gift to our community and your family as you live this truth. Praise God for it!

  • Tough day today. So blessed I can turn towards Christ with my burdens and come to this amazing community. Already feeling much better

    • sandy

      Sorry its a tough day, sending you a big hug, praying that your day gets better.

  • Lord, please help me remember to NOT pin all my hopes and dreams on people or things – but in YOU, who is already here!

  • SHAMEKAMICHELLE

    I normally skip the genealogy as well. I know the basics. It through me off to see that Seth was given to Adam in his image; in his likeness… Just as God created Adam! Every birth God had a plan for including mine! How wonderful is that?!? I’m designed to give him glory all because Jesus first gave God the ultimate glory by shedding His blood for me ☺️

  • Can someone please teach me how I can share these posts on Facebook again? There used to be a button, but not anymore … [email protected]

  • Reading through the genealogies, something that I usually skip, honestly, was eye opening. From the beginning, God’s power is shown in how he orchestrated every single birth to lead up to the birth of Christ! So cool how God ordained every single birth for His glory – none of these births were insignificant, because they all led up to the most significant birth of all!

  • Jacqueline

    So amazing I’ve never really read the genealogies with any intent before knowing now that they truly lead somewhere not just a marker of time is so awe inspiring. Like the whole of the book its all good and all serves a purpose.

  • Shannon Ly

    Yes all of the OT genealogies lead up to the birth of Christ. But the genealogies still continue today. I am the firstborn of the born again in my family and I hope and pray that one day there will be a long genealogy that reads: Jesus, Shannon, child, grandchild, great-grandchild…and on and on. Oh that generations of families would come to know the love of our Lord and savior.

  • Sarabeth

    I am guilty in putting my hope and anticipation in the next thing in my life. This time the roller coaster has ups downs and everything in between that seems to change constantly. But in Him all my hopes will be fulfilled. Thank you for that reminder. Lord help me set my eyes on You.

  • Preeti Verghese

    But then, Christ came and fulfilled the Law so that we can be free — for eternity!! Christ in us, the hope of glory! AMEN!!

  • VioletSlats

    JESUS YOU tear every veil that separates the born again from the love of the almighty GOD. YOU are the promise of Genesis& the redeemer of all who confess YOU. YOU are LORD.

  • Many times I get frustrated reading Genesis because it is hard to understand the genealogy based on the fact that they only talk about the men being born and not the women. But today I had a revelation when it circles back to the one man and the one the scriptures and the world were waiting for Jesus Christ….so I asked myself “does it really matter that I don’t know who Cains wife was or who married who?” no it does not, the world rested for moses but salvation came through Jesus and it helps remind me to focus on the outcome and not the process. Amen!

    • Annette

      yes I agree. I also wonder about Cains wife and wonder how many girls eve had. Also how long each person lived is in sane! They were having babies at 70 – 80 years old. Some 100!! Fascinating how God enabled these people to live.

  • Kasey Summers

    So thankful that Christ is our real hope and the certainty that we have no matter what is going on in this crazy world! Jesus is my hope and my security always. He is my anchor.

  • Savannah

    How fitting it is that we are reminded this morning of where our hope must lie. With a new year in our presence, we often create a long lofty list of resolutions.. Often times, these resolutions are chosen because we think they will bring us fulfillment.. I’m quite guilty of this! Instead of making a list of earthly matter, my one resolution is to be steadfast. To fix my eyes on the cross and put my hope solely into Him. We aren’t able to live abundantly until we abandon our lives and live all for Him! This was so refreshing this morning!

  • Enoch and Lamech. Both names appear in Cain’s genealogy and Seth’s. Cain and Seth are Adam’s sons. Do any of you have thoughts on this? Digging deeper today and wondering.

    • Laura Olivia

      I noticed that as well today and am wondering the same thing.

    • Rochelle

      Well, Cain had Enoch and Seth had Enosh. Spelling is a bit different, not sure if that matters?

  • Thank you , Marcia ; prayers for our longings and losses , our faith and our collective strength in HIM . Xo

  • I love that SRT is going through Genesis now. I wanted to share a video from The Bible Project that gives an overview and ties the book together. Go to The Bible Project on utube and choose Genesis.
    I like to get an overall picture of the book before reading each chapter. Enjoy!

    • Alexis

      Thank you so much for sharing! I love seeing the bible stories visually, helps me understand what I am reading a bit better.

    • Rochelle

      What a fantastic resource! Thank you for sharing! This will definitely help with my bible study this year…

  • Maria Baer

    I find it interesting how the Bible describes the process of sex and conceiving as “KNEW” as in “he knew her again. Because thinking of it, in this day and age such little importance is put into knowing the person who one shares their body with. TV, magazines and media, dating sites like Tinder and such, really foster the complete opposite. I never noticed the use of the word “KNEW” in Genesis. And found it really interesting.

    • Beth

      This…. Yes!!!!

    • Caitlyn B.

      This is a really great revelation! It has really made me think this morning. I use the NIV and it says that “Adam lay with his wife again”; which version is it that uses knew?

      • Chelsea

        Esv uses the word knew and it is the same word used for how we should know Christ in the New testament. Such a powerful image of how intimate our relationship with Christ should be.

      • Maria Baer

        Absolutely. I actually use a different hard copy Bible version and love using the ESV on the app to see the differences.

    • Leah

      I’m used to reading “he came into”. I think it’s weird

  • The COOLEST thing is found in the genealogy of Gen. 5 when you Look at the meanings of these names:
    Adam – Man
    Seth – Appointed
    Enosh – Mortal
    Kenan – Sorrow
    Mahalalel – Blessed God
    Jared – Shall come down
    Enoch – Teaching
    Methuselah – His death brings
    Lamech – Despairing
    Noah – Rest
    The Gospel in a genealogy. Praise be to God!

    • Jamileh

      Krista,
      You are very right in this. The message of salvation is right there in the genealogy. “Man is appointed mortal sorrow but the blessed God shall come down teaching and His death shall bring the despairing rest.” I used to think genealogies were boring and pointless until I found this a few years ago. I’ve done a bit of studying since then. Back then genealogies were meant to deliver a moral message that would preserve life and bring about salvation. People think that the people of the Old Testament didn’t know about Jesus or had no salvation but that was not the case. They knew many things through the genealogies that were handed down from generation to generation. God is awesome that way and proves His message will go forth no matter the times we live in. He will and always does find a way.

  • Kate Kubler

    Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

    Whatever we hope for, wait for, or do- he has gone before us. He knows about it, cares about it, and he ALONE holds it together. This verse gives me so much freedom to just REST in him. He knows what will happen, he has ordained it, he is in control, and he holds it together for me. How gracious!!!! How loving!! May we rest in that verse today. It’s hit me like a ton of bricks. Such a good and need reminder for me as I long for an adoption to happen. This whole reading today was just such a good and needed conviction that Jesus alone needs to be my hope.

    Also, did anyone else catch Enoch. The only other person to not die before going to heaven(Elijah being the second). 23 Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years.
    24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him. – Genesis 5:23-24. Wow. What faith. I want a walk like Enoch.

    • Kate Kubler

      A friend reminded me of this hymn after we discussed this reading. We are doing it together. Love this hymn!

      1 My hope is built on nothing less
      than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
      I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
      but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
      Refrain:
      On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
      all other ground is sinking sand,
      all other ground is sinking sand.
      2 When darkness veils his lovely face,
      I rest on his unchanging grace;
      in every high and stormy gale,
      my anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]
      3 His oath, his covenant, his blood
      support me in the whelming flood;
      when all around my soul gives way,
      he then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]
      4 When he shall come with trumpet sound,
      O may I then in him be found,
      dressed in his righteousness alone,
      faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain]

      • Savannah

        Thank you for sharing this, Kate! I love this hymn and it truly fits right along with these passages this morning! Praying for you and your family as you are in the process of waiting for adoption!

    • Joan Grasso

      Kate…I am an adoptive mother of three, now almost grown. I remember those days of longing and waiting. And I remember the joy of their arrival. Trust in the Lord WITH ALL YOUR HEART…He is leading you….my lifelong “go to verse” is Proverbs 3:5-6. I have added you to my prayers today.

  • Caroline

    Our hope is fulfilled through Him. So thankful that Hope in Him NEVER disappoints! http://Www.In-due-time.com

  • Alyssa Hammond

    “But beneath the unpredictability of our hope and waiting, there is certainty that, come what may, all our hopes are ultimately fulfilled in Christ.”
    “The hope of his peace is one that will not disappoint.”
    In my reading, and re-reading, of these words, a favorite hymn kept coming to mind:
    “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
    Praise God for His provision. Praise God for His mercy. And, praise God for His love.

    • Bukky A

      Thanks Allysa for that beautiful hymn, I couldn’t help but sing along. Yes, our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.

  • Fix our eyes on Jesus, the one true King. The one who seeks to fulfill us. If we could just live with this truth on our hearts everyday! Such a good realization that my hope isn’t always where it needs to be.

  • “We all know what it’s like for hope to be crushed…” I often feel like I’m in this season of waiting… waiting for the next thing that I think will bring fulfillment. Not necessarily bad things, but today’s reading reminds me that my ultimate hope is the Christ, who has already come. We waited for Him, that holy longing, during the advent season but now we recognize that He has come, and He is who we hope in. No matter what our days bring us, Christ is the beginning and ending of our hope… even during our seasons of waiting.

  • There is so much truth resting in this discussion of hope. I hear my husband say it all the time “I hope I get a bonus today, if I do we can ____.” Or “I hope I win $7,000 a week for life…” But what we so often fail to remember, is that our greatest hope has already been fulfilled. Jesus has come to take away the sins of the world, and for that we should rejoice.

  • That last line, “the hope of His peace is one that will not disappoint” struck me this morning. I’ve struggled for a while hoping for a certain situation in my life to get better and this week it got as bad as it can get. Relationships were broken and “disappointed” is about the least strong word I can use to describe my little heart right now. It’s been a good reminder that I need to put my hope only in Christ Jesus and continue to fix my eyes on Him instead of hoping for worldly things to pass.

    • Heather (MNmomma)

      lifting you up in prayer this morning Becky…..love and hugs

    • Olivia

      It was a great reminder this morning that Christ is our ultimate hope… no matter what season we are in. Cling to that.

  • Denise Chynoweth

    Waiting is hard and I for one am horribly impatient. But the Lord gives me that strength to wait. To wait on Him. To wait on what is to come. Praise the Lord for His strength

  • Churchmouse

    The genealogies… How so so often they end with “then he died.” So final. The door shuts. BUT JESUS! He comes on the scene and through His death and Resurrection, we who believe will have our genealogy read… “then she LIVED!” Jesus opens the door wide (He is THE DOOR) and calls us to enter in to eternal life! The hoping and waiting fulfilled!

  • I tend to skim over the genealogies even though I know they’re important, but I can’t pronounce the names so I get frustrated. My dad gave me this tip, though: When you can’t pronounce it, just say “Mr. (or Mrs) [insert first letter of the name]”. It makes things easier.

    • Ashley

      I like this tip – I usually say “some dude” or “some chick” or dude 1 and dude 2. Giving the initial really helps!

  • I am so glad to be a part of this study. This past year I was not a part of a study and really missed studying. I teach K-1 Sunday school, and miss the interaction with adults.

  • Such a beautiful reminder of Hope and waiting….

  • This truth … “This doesn’t mean we won’t hope for certain things, nor will our hearts avoid sadness and disappointment when those hopes aren’t fulfilled. But beneath the unpredictability of our hoping and waiting, there is the certainty that, come what may, all our hopes are ultimately fulfilled in Christ.” I was cleaning house yesterday and went through a small stack of pictures placed in a rarely utilized drawer. As I thumbed my way through the memories a picture of about 18 years came up of me with my parents. I stopped and spent a little extra time recalling that day. As I placed the pictures back into a tidy pile my mind drifted to a coming day. While I enter into each new year thinking to what the path will look like, prayerful over the future, over my people I realized that when the calendar turns to the first I enter with a little trepidation and sadness because the first week of the new year brings with it the death of my sweet momma. This morning, I miss her. With every breath and every heartbeat, I miss her. I find peace easily in her death and in my father’s … but there is still a weighty-ness to it. These words today made me recall 5 years ago this week how I longed for healing, how I hoped for restoration for my mother and how devastating it was when it didn’t come…..BUT my hope is built on Christ. On His solid promises and the knowledge that her death wasn’t isn’t so final, that because Jesus ….. I will see her again. If I had placed all my hope on those nurses and physicians and that place, my dreams and heart would have been buried with her but because I know is what all things point to I can rest easier knowing He is in control. Today, again, I find solace in Romans, yesterday it was chapter 5, today it is 15, (Romans 15:7), and beloved children of God destined to spend eternity with Him” – – – what a great and profound hope and place to find myself each day. It is a great comfort to know that with each thought to my sweet parents and with each tear that falls, with every journey be it dark or light, hard or easy … Christ is with me and “because Jesus” … I can put one foot in front of the other peacefully knowing it has all been worked out for me. Love to you wonderful ladies! ~ B

    • ~ B ~

      but because I know Jesus is what all things point to ….. where is the edit button when you need it. whoops!

    • Victoria

      Thank you, B, for your insight and the joy they bring. Your words have brought comfort to this weary soul of mine. “With each tear that falls, with every journey be it dark or light, hard or easy…Christ is with me.”

    • Heather (MNmomma)

      Beautifully written and expressed B. You put into words the feelings of my heart. This year marks 20 years with my mom being gone (my dad had died 13 years before that). 20 years. 20 years of my getting married, having my boys, growing into a woman of God….I look forward to seeing her again……I have dreamt about what that will be like. So thankful that God is in control, that He has a masterfully woven plan……that He is my strength and comforter in the valleys of life…..and that He rejoices with me on the mountain tops…..love and hugs!

    • Tina

      Sending you a hug wrapped in abundant Love and hope…
      Love you friend, I will hold you in my prayers for peace and the comforting arms of the Lord God to be around you..xxxx

  • “Why are you angry? Why is your fave downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?” – Genesis 4:6

    This year the word of the Lord for me is OBEY. Such a big word it really scares the heck of me. How can I be fully blameless and obedient? Ah! Only through Christ who have mastered sin!

    Thank God I have ultimate hope in the name of JESUS.

    Obeying God to be faithful with my devotion and quiet time and bible reading and yes memorizing verses. Thank God for the hope that we have in His Son is a SURE THING! ❤️❤️❤️

  • The following words that really spoke to me “but beneath the unpredictability of our hoping and waiting, there us the certainty that, come what may, all our hope s are ultimately fulfilled in Christ. I’m in a hoping and waiting period of life. Longing for God to answers our prayers and feeling so uncertain at times. I received an unexpected blessing through this study. Thank you for sharing Gods words that ministered to my thirsty soul.

    • Bianca

      I’m in a similar period of my life too! Hoping and waiting for answered prayer(s). That particular sentence from today’s devotional resonated with me. Prior to reading today’s study, I was talking with Christ. My convo was a reminder to me that even if God doesn’t answer a prayer that I’ve been hoping for that his love, grace and mercy will still be ever present in my life. And ultimately, that is what I hope for and can’t live without. Although I really want the answered prayer, God always reminds me to trust him. In relation to the text, albeit their disobedience God blessed Adam and Eve with children and Adam lived to be 900 years old! I don’t know if any one caught that from the scripture. Although Adam disobeyed God and God cursed him, he lived longer than any of his descendants. Just a reminder how loving and merciful our Father is even in our disobedience.

  • Jeannette

    I am truly enjoying this study so far. Taking things bit by bit is giving me a better understanding of the word and coupled with the daily devotional it gives me a different perspective than my own. Thank you. I usually skip the genealogy too because I don’t know who these children are because they never come in to the story and some people have many children, but now understanding that it all leads to Christ gives me more motivation to read and to see how He comes to us.

  • Jthibeault

    I have developed a new appreciation for the Old Testament! I’m a teacher in a small Christian school, and this year I am taking my 3rd and 4th graders through the Bible chronologically, and I am enthralled along with them of all the ways I see God, and Jesus. We are already almost through Genesis, and it has truly been an amazing journey. I am so excited to join SRT for Genesis, to deepen my walk with my Savior!

  • Thanks for this thought-provoking study. I agree that it is so tempting to skip over or skim through the genealogies – and for those struggling with conception or the loss of a child, it must also be painful to read a big long list of births and deaths… But what wonderful comfort to know that Jesus has broken the cycle of sin bringing death, so we can know joyous life for ever with Him – no matter how long or short or brilliant or difficult our earthly lives are, we can look forward to a glorious eternity ahead.

  • I love how you always point it back to Jesus. I feel like I’m understanding more and more how everything comes back to him.
    I was struck by God’s warning to Cain: “Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” Cain was not willing or able to subdue sin and master it and the consequences were devastating for Abel, for himself and for the whole family.
    But we can subdue and master sin because Jesus has done it for us! He has subdued it and mastered it and destroyed it so that we can live as new creations in him and we don’t have to be slaves to sin!

  • Alice Carroll

    I have waited and hoped for many years for a baby that never came. But ‘none but Christ can satisfy’ – that’s where my hope, my satisfaction comes from. He has to be enough for me, or else my heart will ache away.

    • Tina

      Alice, I have been convicted to add the word yet…to your sentence. .
      I have waited and hope for a baby that never came…yet…
      Hoping and praying with you…that this year be a year of dreams fulfilled dear sister…xxxx

    • candacejo

      Oh, Alice. My heart aches for you. My son and precious DIL have been married for 13 years and were told they could never have a child. Last year they were interviewed about it and that video has helped thousands of people. You can watch it here https://vimeo.com/album/2989095/video/101128729

      One year after they did the video, with a 0% chance of conception, my DIL is now expecting our first grandchild April 3! We do not understand it, we just accept it as a miracle from God that has also touched thousands of people! Everyone understands it is a miracle, even the doctors. God is cool like that. But to comprehend the years and years of disappointment? We cannot fully grasp it all except when you watch the video you will see what God did for them WITHOUT a baby was the bigger miracle.

      I pray He will do the same for you and of course I am praying for your miracle to be a reality. But if not? God is still God and He sees down the road when we cannot! Praying He gives you the strength and comfort you need in this most difficult season of life. Blessings ♥

      • Patti

        Candacejo – I watched the video. Our God is amazing. All honor and blessings are His. I’m so excited for the new baby. Praying for this expectant family. What a joyful day that will be.

      • Jenn

        Awesome video! Really puts a perspective on God’s timing and if your plans don’t work out, He is still good. Find the good in your life today. I do not suffer from lack of a child, but have patiently (sometimes impatiently ) waited for the great love of my life and I have a peace about it. Gods will be done and in his timing. And, if God has other plans for me then I’ll know He is still good. Thank you for sharing

    • Lindz

      Oh Alice, I know this pain. And it is a real pain that in some way our body reminds us of daily. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant now for 16 months, and I feel as if my body physically aches for a child. Oh but Jesus. He hears our cries, knows our desires, and gives us what is best. He is for us and not against us. “He is before all things and in HIM all things hold together”. We can REST in that.

      I want Jesus to be my vision and I want my story to bring Him glory. Looking to him drowns out all our sorrows.

      “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.”

      He brings joy and rest.His strength and grace are sufficient. He is the Giver of all good things. He is all I need and only in Him can true contentment be found. I can rest content in Him and walk this journey with joy. Because of his grace alone my heart can say “I will rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” He is Emmanuel- God with us. I can rest in the midst of uncertainty because He is my hope.

  • “While people had always been created in the image of God, Jesus is the image of God. ”

    Colossians 1:15 always blows my mind whenever I think of how God who created the universe and everything that’s in it reveals Himself in flesh through Jesus! I’ll never read the OT genealogies the same way again!

    So happy to be joining you in these studies again this year! Have a blessed 2016 everyone! May our hearts continue to draw near to our Jesus! :)

    • Tina

      Hello and a very happy new year to you dear Misce. .
      Looking forward to sharing space, time and this journey with you…xxx

    • candacejo

      That was my take-away too! ♥

    • Jeannette

      Happy New Year to you! I am glad to be joining in on the study too!

  • The hope of His peace is one that will not disappoint….
    Ahhh, where do I start…this so so very much is my prayer for my very good friend and prayer partner and her wonderful family…
    Yesterday, while we talked of new years and new beginnings their hearts were being shattered by parents worst nightmare scenario of the knock on the door…to be told that the young son had died of a heart attack…He was just 21…
    Please please please might I solicite prayers on their behalf…their world has so so been rocked, … as I sat with them , helpless, yesterday, I could hear words like, how do we get through this, I can’t see my life without Him, what do I do with the love I have for him, I’ve been crying out to God to bring him back, that the miracle of his coming back would be glorifying to God…but he didn’t hear me…it didn’t happen..he’s not coming home…hes not coming round that corner…heartbreaking words of a mother and father who cannot see tomorrow, because their tomorrows won’t involve their son…only God has the answers right now, and only God’s peace and loving arms can be their solace..please pray dear Sisters…

    • Libby

      Oh Tina! That is heartbreaking! I’m praying now friend.

    • Carly B

      Tina, that is so sad. Praying for your friend and her family.

    • Claire

      praying for God’s peace at this horrible heartbreaking time x

    • Kelly S

      Such a tragedy. Praying that the light of Christ shines through you in the midst of their dark night. This is a path you have walked. You know the curves and rises of this journey of grief. Perhaps God placed you in this place for such a time as this.

    • candacejo

      Oh, Tina. My heart is broken for your friend. The ultimate tragedy. So glad you are there to help bring comfort and strength and that is my prayer today. For you. For them. God is an ever present help in time of trouble. May He give you the wisdom to know what to say or to say nothing at all but just love them tight. Blessings friend. ♥

    • Joan

      Oh Tina, as I tapped to post, I stopped to read your comment…though you didn’t mention you friend’s names, The Lord knows and hears the heart cry…now we can add our prayers to yours & theirs for Grace, peace, healing…no one can

    • Joan

      Reading all the names thru the generations from Adam, it’s like the first time I ever pondered these individuals!!! God knew every single one of them, just as He knows me (from the foundations of the world)!!! Awesome..Incomprehensible !!! How great is our God!! Who can fathom such a magnificent, amazing power…the mind of our God!! The Creator Who became our Savior!!! His incomprehensible Love….JESUS !!!
      HALLELUJAH !!!

    • ~ B ~

      I will be prayerful over this family Tina! So incredibly sad but I am thankful they have you to be a light in the midst of this. ~ B

    • Churchmouse

      Oh. My. Prayers for your friends, Tina, and prayers for you, that you would be ‘Jesus with skin on’ for them during this very dark time. That His Light would penetrate the darkness and they would know they are not alone.

    • Terry

      Tina, I not only pray for your friend but also for you as you walk through the dark tunnel of grief and loss with them–a journey you unfortunately know well.

    • Mushna

      I am praying for you and your friend’s family. Jesus is our ultimate comforter. He is good! He is our stronghold in times like this.

    • Neva

      Tina, I will partner with you in prayer for your friends. My heart aches for them.

    • Kam

      Prayers for peace for the family. Prayers for you and the care I know you will give them.

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