Day 2 and we have already learned so much! God made a promise to send a Savior in Gen 3:15. God always keeps His promises and He starts working His plan through Adam’s and Eve’s descendants. They have 2 sons, Cain and Abel. Abel approaches the Lord His way, by bringing an animal sacrifice, but Cain comes to the Lord his own way with fruits of the ground. The Lord accepts Abel’s offering and not Cain’s which angers Cain. God tells Cain he better check himself because sin is crouching at his door. The Lord’s desire is always for us to repent and turn back to God. “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses and foresakes them will obtain mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13) However, Cain chooses to ignore God’s warning and he kills his brother, Abel. As a result, Cain is sent outside the presence of the Lord. We then see what it is like for people living outside the presence of the Lord. Cain’s descendants are involved in murder, polygamy, and the oppression of women. But nothing is going to stop the Lord’s plan to send a Savior so Adam and Eve have another son named Seth. Seth’s descendants begin calling on the name of the Lord but over time they start looking around at Cain’s beautiful women who are walking outside the presence of the Lord and they begin to intermarry. God looks down to assess His creation and He sees nothing but evil continually in the hearts and minds of the people. God tells Noah, a preacher of righteousness and a descendant of Seth’s (10 generations after Adam), that He is sending a flood. Noah warns the people but the only ones that will get on that boat by faith are Noah and his wife, his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and their wives along with 2 of every unclean animal and 7 pairs of every clean animals for future sacrifices to the Lord. Keep your eye on Shem because through him we will meet Abraham (10 generations later from Noah). If this is your first time reading you are about to see how messy these people are and that God works His amazing plan of redemption through them. But this also highlights God’s grace as he patiently grows their faith and works all things for good! Enjoy your reading!
(Genesis 4:1-5:32, 1 Chronicles 1:1-4, Genesis 6:1-22)