When we first began to spend time with each other, we each realized that the other was a rare fit for our hearts.
God is the highest good of the reasonable creature. The enjoyment of him is our proper; and is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Better than fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of any, or all earthly friends. These are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean.
I have cast my anchor in the port of peace,
knowing that present and future are in nail-pierced hands.
God intends for the afflictions of Christ to be presented to the world through the afflictions of His people. God really means for the body of Christ, the church, to experience some of the suffering he experienced so that when we proclaim the Cross as the way to life, people will see the marks of the Cross in us and feel the love of the Cross from us.
Genesis 5 is the genealogy of Adam through Noah. Adam begat Seth, Seth begat Enos…
Adam literally means “man.”
Seth literally means “appointed.”
Enos literally means “subject to death.”
Cainan literally means “sorrowful.”
Mahalaleel literally means “from the presence of God.”
Jared literally means “one comes down.”
Enoch literally means “dedicated.”
Lamech literally means “to the poor and lowly.”
Noah literally means “rest” or “comfort.”
Perhaps you wonder if it was really necessary to devote an entire chapter of the Word to a list of men who begat and died. But look at the names again:The Man appointed to death, sorrowful. From the presence of God, One comes down, dedicated. Dying, He shall send to the poor and lowly, rest and comfort.
I must have read Genesis 5 a hundred times before I realized that the entire gospel message is embedded in what seems to be a boring genealogy. Such is the wonder of the Word.
Who cares about the little “unfair” things when knowing Christ surpasses that (Philippians 3:7-8)?