Genesis Chapter 5
1 This is the roll of Adam's descendants: On the day that God created Adam he made him in the likeness of God.
2 Male and female he created them. He blessed them and gave them the name Man, when they were created.
3 When Adam was a hundred and thirty years old he fathered a son, in his likeness, after his image, and he called him Seth.
4 Adam lived for eight hundred years after the birth of Seth and he fathered sons and daughters.
5 In all, Adam lived for nine hundred and thirty years; then he died.
6 When Seth was a hundred and five years old he fathered Enosh.
7 After the birth of Enosh, Seth lived for eight hundred and seven years, and he fathered sons and daughters.
8 In all, Seth lived for nine hundred and twelve years; then he died.
9 When Enosh was ninety years old he fathered Kenan.
10 After the birth of Kenan, Enosh lived for eight hundred and fifteen years and he fathered sons and daughters.
11 In all, Enosh lived for nine hundred and five years; then he died.
12 When Kenan was seventy years old he fathered Mahalalel.
13 After the birth of Mahalalel, Kenan lived for eight hundred and forty years and he fathered sons and daughters.
14 In all, Kenan lived for nine hundred and ten years; then he died.
15 When Mahalalel was sixty-five years old he fathered Jared.
16 After the birth of Jared, Mahalalel lived for eight hundred and thirty years and he fathered sons and daughters.
17 In all, Mahalalel lived for eight hundred and ninety-five years; then he died.
18 When Jared was a hundred and sixty-two years old he fathered Enoch.
19 After the birth of Enoch, Jared lived for eight hundred years and he fathered sons and daughters.
20 In all, Jared lived for nine hundred and sixty-two years; then he died.
21 When Enoch was sixty-five years old he fathered Methuselah.
22 Enoch walked with God. After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived for three hundred years and he fathered sons and daughters.
23 In all, Enoch lived for three hundred and sixty-five years.
24 Enoch walked with God, then was no more, because God took him.
25 When Methuselah was a hundred and eighty-seven years old he fathered Lamech.
26 After the birth of Lamech, Methuselah lived for seven hundred and eighty-two years and he fathered sons and daughters.
27 In all, Methuselah lived for nine hundred and sixty-nine years; then he died.
28 When Lamech was a hundred and eighty-two years old he fathered a son.
29 He gave him the name Noah because, he said, 'Here is one who will give us, in the midst of our toil and the labouring of our hands, a consolation out of the very soil that Yahweh cursed.'
30 After the birth of Noah, Lamech lived for five hundred and ninety-five years and fathered sons and daughters.
31 In all, Lamech lived for seven hundred and seventy-seven years; then he died.
32 When Noah was five hundred years old he fathered Shem, Ham and Japheth.
Genesis Chapter 6
1 When people began being numerous on earth, and daughters had been born to them,
2 the sons of God, looking at the women, saw how beautiful they were and married as many of them as they chose.
3 Yahweh said, 'My spirit cannot be indefinitely responsible for human beings, who are only flesh; let the time allowed each be a hundred and twenty years.'
4 The Nephilim were on earth in those days (and even afterwards) when the sons of God resorted to the women, and had children by them. These were the heroes of days gone by, men of renown.
5 Yahweh saw that human wickedness was great on earth and that human hearts contrived nothing but wicked schemes all day long.
6 Yahweh regretted having made human beings on earth and was grieved at heart.
7 And Yahweh said, 'I shall rid the surface of the earth of the human beings whom I created -- human and animal, the creeping things and the birds of heaven -- for I regret having made them.'
8 But Noah won Yahweh's favour.
9 This is the story of Noah: Noah was a good man, an upright man among his contemporaries, and he walked with God.
10 Noah fathered three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth.
11 God saw that the earth was corrupt and full of lawlessness.
12 God looked at the earth: it was corrupt, for corrupt were the ways of all living things on earth.
13 God said to Noah, 'I have decided that the end has come for all living things, for the earth is full of lawlessness because of human beings. So I am now about to destroy them and the earth.
14 Make yourself an ark out of resinous wood. Make it of reeds and caulk it with pitch inside and out.
15 This is how to make it: the length of the ark is to be three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.
16 Make a roof to the ark, building it up to a cubit higher. Put the entrance in the side of the ark, which is to be made with lower, second and third decks.
17 'For my part I am going to send the flood, the waters, on earth, to destroy all living things having the breath of life under heaven; everything on earth is to perish.
18 But with you I shall establish my covenant and you will go aboard the ark, yourself, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives along with you.
19 From all living creatures, from all living things, you must take two of each kind aboard the ark, to save their lives with yours; they must be a male and a female.
20 Of every species of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that creeps along the ground, two must go with you so that their lives may be saved.
21 For your part, provide yourself with eatables of all kinds, and lay in a store of them, to serve as food for yourself and them.'
22 Noah did this; exactly as God commanded him, he did.
1 Alleluia! Give thanks to Yahweh for he is good, for his faithful love endures for ever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods, for his faithful love endures for ever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his faithful love endures for ever.
5 In wisdom he made the heavens, for his faithful love endures for ever.
10 He struck down the first-born of Egypt, for his faithful love endures for ever.
23 He kept us in mind when we were humbled, for his faithful love endures for ever.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his faithful love endures for ever.
Thoughts and Reflection
These passages show the outcome of doing wrong things and even in the midst of corrective actions God must do, he still cares and gives us hope by telling Noah to prepare for the flood. God floods the earth to destroy the corruption humans had done to it. I can also reflect on this passage to hold on to God during the storms of our lives as he will be there to guide us and lift us up.
The one item that struck me were the ages of the individuals. I am not sure how they were calculating ages back then. It would seem to me it could be counted by seasons or they are using some different scale of years. I don’t believe that people lived to hundreds of years back then without any medical care. Here we live in today’s world with the best medical care and only some live past 100.
What do you think?
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!