Friday, May 23, 2008

Family Lines

6 Seth also lived a hundred and five years, and begot Enos. 7 And Seth lived after he begot Enos, eight hundred and seven years, and begot sons and daughters. 8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years, and he died. 9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begot Cainan. 10 After whose birth he lived eight hundred and fifteen years, and begot sons and daughters.
11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years, and he died. 12 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begot Malaleel. 13 And Cainan lived after he begot Malaleel, eight hundred and forty years, and begot sons and daughters. 14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years, and he died. 15 And Malaleel lived sixty-five years, and begot Jared

16 And Malaleel lived after he begot Jared, eight hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters. 17 And all the days of Malaleel were eight hundred and ninety-five years, and he died. 18 And Jared lived a hundred and sixty-two years, and begot Henoch. 19 And Jared lived after he begot Henoch, eight hundred years, and begot sons and daughters. 20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years, and he died.
21 And Henoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Mathusala. 22 And Henoch walked with God: and lived after he begot Mathusala, three hundred years, and begot sons and daughters. 23 And all the days of Henoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 And he walked with God, and was seen no more: because God took him. 25 And Mathusala lived a hundred and eighty-seven years, and begot Lamech.
26 And Mathusala lived after he begot Lamech, seven hundred and eighty-two years, and begot sons and daughters. 27 And all the days of Mathusala were nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and he died. 28 And Lamech lived a hundred and eighty-two years, and begot a son. 29 And he called his name Noe, saying: This same shall comfort us from the works and labours of our hands on the earth, which the Lord hath cursed. 30 And Lamech lived after he begot Noe, five hundred and ninety-five years, and begot sons and daughters.
31 And all the days of Lamech came to seven hundred and seventy-seven years, and he died. And Noe, when he was five hundred years old, begot Sem, Cham, and Japheth
Genesis 5:6-31

Sorry for the extra reading, but the rest of this Chapter dealt with longevetiy. The long line of life and the continuation of family lines are apparent at the beginning of what we now know of our world. A moment in time where we read of the long lives of those who came before us. Amazingly we are given the ages of the men when they began fathering their children. In the young ages of their sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties. I say young age because it goes on to mention they live several hundred years after that. Passing away just shy of a thousand years. For us it is an amazing feat to live to be one hundred years old. Let alone fathering a child at the tender age of eighty. But for us we have had years and years of sin and error marring our future whereas those we read about have only just begun. The older folks of our time often impart their wisdom to the younger generation, often helping guide them in the right way of living. Wisdom that is often not heeded by a generation bent on doing their own thing. How often do we take the time to sit and listen to those who are elderly and listen to the stories of their life, of their successes and of their failures. We are in an age where young people often say we don't listen to them, and the older one's can say the same as well. None of us really listen to each other. I've come across that in my dealings with people. And I'm sure others have as well. It's not always a pleasant experience to speak and not be heard. But truth to tell, that's how we are as a people, we don't listen to those who have lived and those who have begun to live. It's no wonder we don't hear the whisperings of the Spirit in our hearts. Imagine how life must have been in the beginning of time. The trial and error of how to do many of the things we do naturally. Yet their life was uncomplicated. When listening to those who have lived long lives we often hear the same about their trial and errors as much as the many joyous times. It is also hearing of the uncomplicated ways of life lived in simplicity compared to what we have today. Now as I ponder the ways of life I wonder which truly was better, then or now.

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