The family of Adam through Noah
3. God created man in His likeness.
God created Adam to look like Him and to reproduce himself with offspring who looked like him and therefore also like God. That likeness has been perpetuated throughout the history of mankind.
When Adam sinned, he introduced a sin nature that also continued through the generations, bringing condemnation on all.
But God, through one man, His son Jesus the Christ, lived a sinless life and through His sacrifice, everyone has the opportunity to be redeemed by grace, as if our sin never happened.
God’s warning about eating the tree of knowledge comes to pass.
“[He] lived [X] years, and became the father of [him].”
“. . . and then he died.”
4. “And then he died”—except Enoch. Hebrews 11:5-6; Jude 1:14-15
By faith, Enoch was taken away, so that he wouldn’t see death, and he was not found, because God translated him. For he has had testimony given to him that before his translation he had been well pleasing to God. 6 Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him. Hebrews 11:5-6
About these also Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their works of ungodliness which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” Jude 1:14-16
As an aside, Jude’s text in quotation marks comes from the book of Enoch, which is not included in our Bible. It was available to Jews and the early Church and they considered it scripture. Many other verses in the new testament quote Enoch indirectly.
As Jude mentions, they considered him a prophet. The Christian Church in Ethiopia includes the book of Enoch in their Bible.
5. a. Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God; (AMPC)
- Pleased God.
- Came near to God.
- Believed God existed.
- Earnestly and diligently sought God out.
- Like Jesus and Elijah, his body did not decay.
b. Walking with God
I long to walk in “habitual fellowship with God (AMPC)” the way Enoch did. Not just so I skip death, but to know God so intimately!
A song based on Psalm 63:1-7 expresses my heart’s desire:
God, you are my God.
I will earnestly seek you.
My soul thirsts for you.
My flesh longs for you,
in a dry and weary land, where there is no water.
So I have seen you in the sanctuary,
watching your power and your glory.
Because your loving kindness is better than life,
my lips shall praise you.
So I will bless you while I live.
I will lift up my hands in your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with the richest food.
My mouth shall praise you with joyful lips,
when I remember you on my bed,
and think about you in the night watches.
For you have been my help.
I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings.
6. Enoch inspires me.
It is possible to be different, faithful, and have close fellowship with God in a world where evil, self-centered, selfish, godless living is the norm. Enoch inspires me to know that God sees us, loves us, and desires to have fellowship with us. I desire to walk closely with Him and know His heart.
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My answers, research, and notes for BSF Bible Study Fellowship questions Genesis Lesson 5 day 2
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