Chapters covered: Genesis 4:1 – 5:32; 1 Chronicles 1:1-4; Genesis 6:1-22
Aside from the discussion of the genealogy from Adam to Noah, for me the most striking theme from these chapters is how God has shown favor to those who are faithful to Him, as evidenced by the lives of Abel, Enoch, and Noah.
“The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering.” – Genesis 4:4b
I’ve known Abel’s story since I was young, because I was named after him (Christabel = Christ + Abel). My parents chose him because being their firstborn, they wanted me to become the “good brother” to my future siblings. But my personal definition is this: someone who gave a pleasing offering to the Lord. (Yes, I’ve been a good sister to my brothers by the way, they can attest to that.)
The moment I gained a deeper understanding of who Abel was, I decided (and prayed for God to help me) to live a life that is pleasing to Him.
“Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” – Genesis 5:24
Enoch’s appearance in the Bible was short and sweet. What’s amazing is that of all the sons of Adam that was enumerated in Genesis 5, only Enoch were written to have walked faithfully with God, as if the Lord has been watching from generation to generation, constantly looking out for someone who would be faithful to him. It wasn’t described how Enoch lived his life exactly, but for God to just take him away, he must have lived extraordinarily.
“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” – Genesis 6:8
“Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” – Genesis 6:9b
It was a time when corruption and violence was too much that God wanted to wipe away everything on earth that He saw Noah, who was righteous, blameless, and faithful. Because of these qualities, Noah found favor in God’s eyes and was chosen to do a very crucial task that later saved his and his family’s lives.
When we pray, we often ask for God’s favor to be upon us. However, most of the time we forget to check if we are deserving to be granted such. Genesis 4-6 highlighted the importance walking faithfully with God, because it is only through this that we could gain God’s favor and approval.
Since the beginning of time, He has been watching, waiting, and searching for people who would faithfully follow him, offering their lives as a pleasing sacrifice.