“This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created. And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight hundred years; and he had sons and daughters. So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.”
Genesis 5:1-5 NKJV
It never ceases to amaze me how I can look at a given passage in the bible hundreds, if not thousands of times, and still I find things that make me go “wow!” As I read into Genesis chapter five, looked at the genealogy of Adam. I was mainly looking for the part where he dies, as the consequences of his sin reached fruition. His disobedience in the garden had cost him.
What I was not looking for was the lack of mention of Cain and Abel or even the fall. The omission stood out in stark contrast to the rest of the narrative. It reminded of the nature of God’s foreknowledge of all that we will do, and His ability to consider the whole story of our lives. It also reminded me that, from the moment of sin in the garden, God the Son was ordained to one day deal with the sin of His creation.
It was done.
By God’s grace He kept no record in the genealogy of Adam’s fall, nor the sin of Cain when he killed his brother Abel. It is like He skipped over those events in the genealogy, and looked to the important things that Adam had done. The heart of God is filled with grace, unlike the heart of man.
It all causes me to reflect on my own salvation. I am in a time of constant battle, with the evil one bringing my greatest hits of embarrassing moments to my mind daily. He is dedicated to defeating me, rendering me ineffective, that I refrain from lifting the saints to the Lord.
But the Lord reminds me by His presence in my life, and the changes that He has made, for I am His. I am not the man I was, for that man was taken to grave with Jesus, and left there. Jesus went to the cross for my sins, took them to grave, and was raised to give me a new life. The sins of the that old life have been washed away.
It is done.
“For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.”
Psalms 103:11-14 NKJV
When the story of Bernie Lyle is complete, it will not be filled with my greatest sins, or who I was before Jesus, but instead, it will be the story of victory in Christ, a story of one reclaimed and saved, known to God from the foundation of the earth.
Brothers and sisters, take pleasure in knowing that Jesus knows the whole story. He knew that you would accept Him as your savior. He knew how the sin in your life ensnared you, and how you have grown in salvation. Most of all, Jesus knows your struggles, He knows that you are but dust.
Adam died as a result of His sin of disobedience. Because of the obedience of Jesus, the second Adam, we who have been forgiven and live by faith knowing that we will live eternally with the Lord. Death came into the world with Adam, and salvation with Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”
Romans 5:18-19 NKJV
Let us rejoice in the fact that our story is being written, and edited, as we have been justified in Jesus.
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