Genealogies: The Abused Lists Of The Bible

God did not put genealogies in the Bible so that we can calculate the age of the Earth. If God thought it important for us to know the Earth’s age He would have told us in unambiguous terms. So, if they aren’t there so that we can ascertain the various ages of time, what is the purpose of genealogies such as the one in Genesis 5? 

Lacking any clear cut statements in the Bible about the Earth’s age, numerous Bible students have sought to use the genealogies to discover the age of the world. Perhaps the most famous attempt was made by James Ussher in the 17th century. Ussher assumed that there are no gaps in the Bible’s genealogies and that an unbroken line of family generations are recorded from Adam all the way to Jesus. 

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Genealogy, Genesis

Cain’s Legacy: The Offspring Of The Serpent

After Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden, God predicted that mankind would fall into one of two camps. They would either be the offspring of the serpent, or the offspring of the woman:

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring;” (Gen. 3:15 ESV)

This divergence began when Cain murdered his brother, thereby choosing to carry out the will of his spiritual father, the devil. The serpent’s offspring are all those who oppose God. This is why Jesus called the Pharisees the offspring of the devil.

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44 ESV)

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Genesis