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THEN HE DIED

Daily Devotional Genesis 5:1–32


The Watergate scandal of the 1970s revealed criminal activity and systematic abuse of power from the Nixon administration. It led to the arrest and conviction of 48 people and the resignation of the President. It also eroded public trust in the presidency in a way that many have still not fully recovered from.


Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?

1 CORINTHIANS 15:55


Sin often has consequences that linger for generations. This was especially true about the sin of Adam and Eve. Genesis 5 includes one of several genealogies in the book of Genesis. Notice that every genealogical notice ends with a single word in Hebrew, “then he died.” Eight times this word is repeated. Each is a reminder that the “wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23).


The reality of death is also a good reminder for us today. Many people live in denial of death; they act like this life is all that matters. But until Jesus returns, death is a reality we will all face. Scripture reminds us to “number our days” (Ps. 90:12). Yet, this genealogy gives hope. Children are born and flourish. Families grow and thrive. Even though fallen, humans are still created in the “likeness of God” (5:1).


There is a break in the pattern of death with Enoch (vv. 21–24). We do not know much about Enoch except that he “walked faithfully with God” (v. 24). Enoch’s story reminds us that death does not have to be final nor is its rule over humanity absolute. Death is under God’s sovereign rule and it will come to fruition in the resurrection of Jesus. After proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus, Paul celebrates: “Death has been swallowed up in victory” (1 Cor. 15:54). In Christ we find redemption from sin and death!


Go Deeper


What stands out to you as you read through these genealogies? How does the Christian view of death differ from the world’s view? What impact does that have on the way we live today?


Pray with Us


While we may fear the potential pain of death, as believers we know that it has already been defeated by Jesus’ sacrifice. May the shortness of our lives on earth give us single-minded focus on serving You, our Redeemer.

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