“Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah.” -1 Chronicles 1:1-3
Many theories exist to explain how human life began. In contrast, Scripture provides one clear line of family leaders who represent the start of human history. 1 Chronicles retells the narrative communicated in Genesis. No comments are made regarding age or stages of life, only that it began with Adam and that God continued to work through his descendants.
In the names given to start 1 Chronicles, ten generations are mentioned between Adam and Noah. In just this period of time, human life turned from fellowship with God to rebellion against him. We continue to live in this tension of those who know God and those who reject him.
Even in our own lives, we often struggle with a God who is real, who created us, who cares for us, and desires to know us. Yet from the start, God has made clear that you and I are made in his image, on purpose and for a purpose.
The Bible’s message is that you matter to God. Our response is that God should matter to us.
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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.