Your Generation Part 1 of 2
In Genesis 5:1 God tells us, Genesis 5:1 KJV “This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;” Believe me, I am not going where you may think I am going with this.
God gives us an account of the generations of Adam. I promise not to go through all that but I must lay a foundation. When God tells us the generations of Adam, God lists all the people who lived on earth from Adam to Noah and Noah’s sons. God tells us who these people are, how old they were when they had children and how long they lived. It would be like 3 or 4 generations of your family living at a certain time in history.
When we say generations, we usually think people. When God says generations, God does not mean just people. Genesis 2:4 KJV “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,” Then we read how the “whole creation groans” in Romans 8:22.
When you think of the word generations, you have to ask – what does the word mean. Generation comes from the root word generate. What does generate mean? To beget, to produce, to bring forth. So generation is the act of begetting, producing, formation, procreate. So the study of the ” generations of the heavens and the earth” is the study of the heavens and the earth’s formation, begetting, creation. I don’t mean to get technical it is just the way God wired me.
In Matthew 1 the starting of the New Testament and book of Matthew, God starts by saying the book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Then God lists the generation. And in Matthew 1:17 God tells us from Abraham to David are 14 generations. Matthew 1:17 KJV “So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.”
So we can see:
To the student of the word of God, timelines can be drawn showing the true age of the earth and record history timelines. It certainly is a fascinating study and I hope you will explore the timelines God gives us. This study however, is not necessarily looking at overall timelines. This is about your generation.
Then we read places where God tells us years. Example Jeremiah 25:11 KJV
“And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.”
Each set of 14 generations had different numbers of children and they all lived to different ages. When you look at the family patriarch you build from there. An example would be your father then his father ( your grandfather) then his father and then his father and you do this 14 times. All the people in this group lived to different ages and had a different number of children but overall you end up with a group of 14 generations of people who lived on the earth.
People mainly look at their own life. They look at what they do, their family, their friends – their life. But when you look at your family as a whole unit – you start to see things most people miss.
Genealogies have been recorded for 1000s of years and they started with God recording genealogies in the book of Genesis. When we look at family units as a whole in scripture, we see specific generations did specific things. Another words, people in a specific time, did specific things. This is not only true in scripture but it is true in your own family and mine.
When you think of what generation in your family was the first to use birth control, get a divorce, drive a car, get an education and even kill a baby through abortion – or what generation in your family turned away from God or turned to God, you get a snapshot of your generation. And this is where we will pick it up next time.
May I encourage you to make a list of things that changed in your life and in your family’s time. In our post Your Generation Part 2 we will conclude this revelation. Until next time.