January 6 – Blessed to Start Again

From the beginning of time we find God’s bountiful goodness in everything. But the goodness He provided in the Garden of Eden was not enough for Adam and Eve.  Falling for the temptation offered by the serpent, humanity’s rebellion against God began.  Adam and Eve were forced to leave Eden because they chose to trust the creation rather than the Creator.  In between the tragic story of Adam’s first two sons and the birth of his third son, Seth (when Adam was 130 years old), we can read again of the original creation of mankind.  This is the family tree of the human race: When God created the human race, he made it godlike, with a nature akin to God. He created both male and female and blessed them, the whole human race. 

Could it be that Seth was a kind of re-start?  At the birth of Seth’s son Enoch, God’s Story states that people began to call on the name of the Lord. Do we not need to hear afresh, and often, that God blessed and continues to bless those who call on His name?  Jesus will later describe this phenomenon to a teacher named Nicodemus as a “born again encounter” that comes from trusting in the One whom the Father has sent to rescue.  Thank You, Lord, that You do not leave us like we are but You continue to provide for us a way to have new life, full life, blessed life in You.  Amen.

Genesis 5:1-2 MSG