Two things every biblical genealogy is trying to tell us:
1. God advances his kingdom through families- all the great men and women of the Bible start out as babies and parts of families. These names are the names of members of families.
2. Jesus is the promised Seed- God promised a seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent (Gen 3.15); Adam, Seth, Enosh, and all the other men listed had “other sons and daughters,” but the Bible is just trying to keep track of one certain seed; and the genealogies in the Bible stop with Jesus. He is the fulfillment even of the genealogies.
One thing often missed in this genealogy: Gen 6.1-8 is a commentary on Gen 5. Gen 5 is about Adam, the first Man, and the spread of his descendants. Gen 6.1-8 is also about the spread of the descendants of Adam. And as man spread, so does wickedness. And Gen 6.9ff is about God’s response.
Some food for thought:
Gen 4.7- “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
Cain did not do well to begin with. Sin is crouching at the door after you sin! And clearly, Cain and Lamech were men mastered by their sin.
Gen 4.26b- “At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD.”
All kinds of interpretations about this verse. But I think it means that after the birth of Seth, and then Seth had his own son, people realized that God was going to keep his promise about a certain seed who would crush the head of the serpent (Gen 3.15). People realized that Yahweh, the covenant God, would keep his Word no matter what the evil one tried to do. People realized that they needed to worship this God, so at that time they began to call upon the name of Yahweh.
By God’s grace, Kailua Baptist Church has voted me in as intern pastor. It is a unique position sort of created for this uniqe situation. It is not “interim,” where someone usually serves as pastor while a church looks for a permanent pastor. They still want to consider me for the permanent position so they did not want that “interim” title. As intern pastor, I can take on more pastoral duties while I meet monthly with a supervising pastor from another church. My supervisor is a godly man named Ken Brooks, who is the Oahu Baptist Network facilitator (equivalent to a Director of Missions for most Baptist associations). It’s a chance for Kailua to get a closer look at me, me at them, and me to gain experience and get feedback and help from a supervisor. Also, the pastor search committee works independently from all this and can interview me at any point– even call me as pastor if they felt it was fit before the internship is over. All in all, Nat and I are both very happy and very excited for what God has in store for us with this body.
On a bittersweet note, we officially became members of Kailua Baptist yesterday, meaning our membership at Immanuel Baptist Church in Louisville, KY is terminated. God used our two years there for exponential growth in both our lives, and we hope to carry out the spirit of Immanuel’s church covenant here in Hawaii.