Monday, June 4, 2012

Are We All Descendants of Seth, Son of Adam?

Today's Reading:
  • Luke 3:23 - 38
  • Psalm 62:1 - 12
Read Bible Passages Online

Luke 3:23 - 38
Today's reading contains the entire lineage of Jesus Christ.  What I find interesting is that this lineage starts with "Jesus was known as the son of Joseph" (3:23).  So this lineage was the line of Joseph, even though Joseph and Jesus did not share a blood lineage like Jesus and Mary did.  I do suspect that Mary and Joseph were related, though I haven't read anything (or at least I don't remember reading anything) to back that up.  I just know that marriages were often kept within the extended family.

Regardless, the lineage line given is very interesting.  I don't know how many names are there, but it is overwhelming to follow it all!  The line starts with Jesus, and ends with Adam.  The verse (3:38) ends with "Adam was the son of God".  I never really thought of Adam as being the son of God, but I guess he was -- he was created in His image from the dust of the ground.  This makes me wonder what precisely "begotten" means (from my favorite verse, John 3:16).  Since Jesus was God's only begotten son, how does that differ from Adam, who was simply "the son of God"? 

While I was looking back in Genesis for my next topic (coming up below), I came across a verse in Genesis.  I remember reading this verse before, and thinking about giants and heroes, but I don't recall a significant line in it.  I am referring to Genesis 6:4:
In those days, and for some time after, giant Nephilites lived on the earth, for whenever the sons of God had intercourse with women, they gave birth to children who became the heroes and famous warriors of ancient times.
The phrase I am talking about here are the "sons of God".  Sons of God!  What is meant by this phrase?  Obviously these aren't the sons of Adam, since they children are distinguished by size.  These "sons of God" gave birth to giants, to warriors, to ancient heroes.  So who were they?  Jesus is the only begotten son of God, Adam was a son of a God because he was created by God ... so who are these other sons of God?  There is so much yet to be learned from the bible!  I can't wait to learn more on the subject.

One other thing caught my eye on this lineage list.  Adam's son Seth is where the lineage line for Jesus started.  We follow the line from Adam all the way through to Noah from Seth.  So I have to wonder -- I know that we are all descendants of Adam, but are we all descendents of Seth also?  Since only Noah's family went onto the boat, and everyone else was wiped out?

I looked back in Genesis 7:7 to see who Noah brought with him on the ark.  It says that Noah brought his wife, as well as his sons and their wives.  It doesn't say anything about Noah bringing daughters, and if he didn't bring daughters, then they didn't bring husbands -- and therefore the entire male line in the ark would have been of Noah.  If all the males from the ark were descendants of Noah, and Noah was a descendant of Seth, then aren't we all (who are alive today) descendents of Adam's son Seth? 

I could have faulty logic here, so if I do please let me know!  Regardless, I must say I've never had such an interesting lineage line read.  And to think, I used to abhor the lineage lines!

Psalm 62:1 - 12  
Psalm 62 is a beautiful Psalm regarding trust in the Lord.  I'd quote the entire Psalm here if I could (if the battery weren't about to die on my laptop!).  Instead, I will quote 61:5 - 8, and leave it at that:
5  Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.
6  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.
7  My victory and honor come from God alone.  He is my refuse, a rock where no enemy can  reach me.
8  Oh my people, trust in him at all times.  Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.
God is our refuge, our rock, our salvation, our hope, our fortress.  Such a great psalm, one of my favorites so far! 

No comments: