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  • God Has Always Been Involved

    Posted on January 20th, 2016 Pastor Ed

    1 Chronicles 1:1–4: “Adam, Seth, Enosh, Cainan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.”

    1 Chronicles begins with a list of names, an abbreviated genealogy that isn’t duplicated in any other Scripture. It starts with Adam and leaves out the details already covered in Genesis. The careful reader will observe that it is the godly line of Adam’s third son Seth that eventually ends with the promised Messiah. Because of this it has been rightly called the “scarlet thread” or “the road map of redemptive history.” It is also an introduction to the background of the nations of the earth. Noah and his 3 sons all survived the flood and became the basis for the nations in the post-flood world.

    This genealogy also gives a panoramic view of God’s dealings with humanity, with His creation, beginning with Adam. God walked with Enoch and called Noah into the ark. He called Abraham out of idol worship and sent him to Mount Moriah with his son Isaac as a living parable of God’s own redemption plan, scheduled to happen on the same mountain 2000 years later. It is a summary of God’s love spread over many names that we recognize, each playing a critical role in God’s sovereign redemptive strategy. Scripture tells us God’s eyes are upon us. King David wrote in Psalm 34:15: “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.” Even though we cannot see God, we know He sees us. And even though we do not receive a written note or hear an angel’s voice from heaven, we know that God answers our prayers.

    “LORD, hear our prayers and lead us this day. We desire to serve You and be a part of Your Kingdom.”