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“The Thread of Relationship”

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

“Enoch lived another 300 years in close fellowship with God, and he had other sons and daughters…He enjoyed a close relationship with God throughout his life.

Then suddenly, he disappeared because God took him.”

Genesis 5:22-24

When words like these jump out of a boring genealogy, it’s good to pay attention! It was in the third generation after Adam, that people began to worship God by name. Four generations after that, we hear these sweet details about Enoch, he enjoyed a close relationship with God throughout his life. That life included 300 years with Methuselah who apparently showed Enoch and his siblings a God who desires to be close.

Likewise, others in this genealogy must have faithfully passed on stories of this personal God, because at the end of it we read of Enoch’s great-grandson, Noah. He was also described as a man who enjoyed a close relationship with God. (Gen. 6:9) Even though Noah was born over 1,000 years after Adam, the stories of walking with God had survived nine generations.

God makes sure there are individuals in every generation who will pass the relationship message on to their descendants. In fact, shortly after Noah’s lifetime, Abraham was born, the man God later called to be the father of His people, Israel. And through that nation came Jesus, our ultimate connection to God.

What a beautiful thread of relationship God was weaving through the generations.

And now you and I are privileged to keep it spinning through ours!


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