By Jarrod Belcher
When you commit to a disciplined program of Bible reading, an area you might feel comfortable skipping is the genealogies. I’d say at some point we’ve all gotten through just a few of the “begats” and decided to jump ahead to the next story. But to do this is to miss some of the hidden treasures of God’s word. In fact we might be missing a glimpse of Christ. In the very first genealogy reading found in Genesis we find something there that helps us greatly.
Two family lines are traced from the sons of Adam and Eve. One line that is traced is that of Cain. He of course is famous for being the first murderer because he rose up and killed Abel out of jealousy. And we find that wickedness seems to continue in his line. One of his descendants was Lamech who was himself a murderer and the first polygamist. Lamech threatened revenge by his own hand if anyone came after him.
But Adam and Eve had another son named Seth. The Bible says his family began to call upon the name of the Lord. And you see something different in Seth’s lineage. One of his descendants is Enoch and it is said of him that he walked with God. Then the Bible tells us that, “He was not, for God took him.” And there is our first glimpse of eternal life. But there is also another Lamech that appears in Seth’s generations.
When his son Noah was born this is what he said of him: “Out of the ground that the Lord has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.” Lamech believed God and thought Noah was the promised Christ. Of course he wasn’t, but he was a type of the Christ. Ultimately it was the work of Jesus that Noah pointed us to. He is the one to relieve us from the curse pronounced on us when he took our sin to the cross. Jesus is our great curse-bearer. There’s something to give thanks for.