Genesis 5* Adam and Seth. (1-5) The patriarchs from Seth to Enoch. (6-20)Enoch. (21-24) Methuselah to Noah. (25-32)1-5 Adam was made in the image of God; but when fallen he begata son in his own image, sinful and defiled, frail, wretched, andmortal, like himself. Not only a man like himself, consisting ofbody and soul, but a sinner like himself. This was the reverseof that Divine likeness in which Adam was made; having lost it,he could not convey it to his seed. Adam lived, in all, 930years; and then died, according to the sentence passed upon him,"To dust thou shalt return." Though he did not die in the day heate forbidden fruit, yet in that very day he became mortal. Thenhe began to die; his whole life after was but a reprieve, aforfeited, condemned life; it was a wasting, dying life. Man'slife is but dying by degrees. 6-20 Concerning each of these, except Enoch, it is said, "andhe died." It is well to observe the deaths of others. They alllived very long; not one of them died till he had seen almosteight hundred years, and some of them lived much longer; a greatwhile for an immortal soul to be prisoned in a house of clay.The present life surely was not to them such a burden as itcommonly is now, else they would have been weary of it. Nor wasthe future life so clearly revealed then, as it now under thegospel, else they would have been urgent to remove to it. Allthe patriarchs that lived before the flood, except Noah, wereborn before Adam died. From him they might receive a fullaccount of the creation, the fall, the promise, and the Divineprecepts about religious worship and a religious life. Thus Godkept up in his church the knowledge of his will. 21-24 Enoch was the seventh from Adam. Godliness is walkingwith God: which shows reconciliation to God, for two cannot walktogether except they be agreed, #Am 3:3|. It includes all theparts of a godly, righteous, and sober life. To walk with God,is to set God always before us, to act as always under his eye.It is constantly to care, in all things to please God, and innothing to offend him. It is to be followers of him as dearchildren. The Holy Spirit, instead of saying, Enoch lived, says,Enoch walked with God. This was his constant care and work;while others lived to themselves and the world, he lived to God.It was the joy of his life. Enoch was removed to a better world.As he did not live like the rest of mankind, so he did not leavethe world by death as they did. He was not found, because Godhad translated him, #Heb 11:5|. He had lived but 365 years,which, as men's ages were then, was but the midst of a man'sdays. God often takes those soonest whom he loves best; the timethey lose on earth, is gained in heaven, to their unspeakableadvantage. See how Enoch's removal is expressed: he was not, forGod took him. He was not any longer in this world; he waschanged, as the saints shall be, who are alive at Christ'ssecond coming. Those who begin to walk with God when young, mayexpect to walk with him long, comfortably, and usefully. Thetrue christian's steady walk in holiness, through many a year,till God takes him, will best recommend that religion which manyoppose and many abuse. And walking with God well agrees with thecares, comforts, and duties of life. 25-32 Methuselah signifies, 'he dies, there is a dart,' 'asending forth,' namely, of the deluge, which came the year thatMethuselah died. He lived 969 years, the longest that any manever lived on earth; but the longest liver must die at last.Noah signifies rest; his parents gave him that name, with aprospect of his being a great blessing to his generation.Observe his father's complaint of the calamitous state of humanlife, by the entrance of sin, and the curse of sin. Our wholelife is spent in labour, and our time filled up with continualtoil. God having cursed the ground, it is as much as some cando, with the utmost care and pains, to get a hard livelihood outcomfort us." It signifies not only that desire and expectationwhich parents generally have about their children, that theywill be comforts to them and helpers, though they often proveotherwise; but it signifies also a prospect of something more.Is Christ ours? Is heaven ours? We need better comforters underour toil and sorrow, than the dearest relations and the mostpromising offspring; may we seek and find comforts in Christ.
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