Personal stuff and salvation message in genealogy from Adam to Noah

Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Read a comment on someone’s site that they were asked how much they read the Bible, the person asking read theirs two hours a day. The comment stated that they had read the Bible twice through, and now felt that that two hours would be better put to use in helping others.

Oh my heart went out to that person and I pointed out that a musician or an athlete has to practice. We too need to hone our spiritual swords, with the Bible. And if we spend the time in the Bible, we will be far more effective in the world, and most probably would be doing more what God wants us to do by being in His Word.

And that there is a depth in the Bible that can only be found by reading after reading and spending time. (my response is a paraphrase of the comment and my reply).

But it brought to mind something I learned from Pastor Don years ago, and he repeated recently in our Discipleship Class. Given the time of the year and the fact that, while I am sharing Revelation with you, I am currently back in Genesis enjoying the Beginning of the Bible, and seeing so much were the Beginning lays the foundation for the End. Reminds me of the movie the Neverending Story.

Anyway in Genesis 5 there is a genealogy (or as I used to say a begat chapter, and had little use for them until you realize just how much God could put in the begats). Here are the names from Adam to Noah and his three sons – and what their names mean in Hebrew:

ADAM -mankind
SETH – appointed, to turn the face toward
ENOSH – a mortal, grievous sorrow, calamity
CAINAN -lament, mourn
MAHALALEL – god who is praised
JARED – comes down
ENOCH – to instruct, to consecrate
METHUSELAH – to die, to be sent forth as a prophet
LAMECH – to be smitten, scourged
NOAH – to give rest.

(if you read the meanings from Adam to Noah you have the salvation given to us by Jesus presented in the genealogy of Adam to Noah – God had it so much in His control, now read a bit further by the following three names’ meanings.”

SHEM – renown
HAM – burning
JAPETH – widespread, world-wide

And now the gospel is being spread world-wide.

I get shivers when I see how much God loves us, and how far-reaching His plan is.



About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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