Noah Brings Comfort to Those Under The Curse of Death

During the Thirty Years’ War in the 17th century, German pastor Paul Gerhardt and his family were forced to flee from their home. One night as they stayed in a small village inn, homeless and afraid, his wife broke down and cried openly in despair. To comfort her, Gerhardt … More

Comfort

Methuselah had the longest recorded life span of any man in history (vv. 25-27). He lived 969 years, but like those before him, except Enoch, he died. God’s plan was that after Methuselah died the world was going to be destroyed by the terrib­le flood. Perhaps  this is why Methuselah lived longer than any man in the history of the world. God was  not willing that any should perish and was giving sinful mankind as much time for repentance as possible (II Peter 3:9). Little did Lamech, the son of Methuselah, know the role that he would play in the plan of God as his son Noah was born.

When Lamech was 182 years old he became the father of Noah (vv. 28-32). The name of Noah (v. 29), whose life becomes the dominant force in the sections to follow. Lamech named his son Noah, hoping he would bring comfort to them from the curse (v. 29). “Comfort“ is not the meaning of “Noah,” but the words sound the same. Lamech had no idea how God would turn these words around and fulfill the wish in His own way, but he did have high hopes for his boy. After Lamech became the father of Noah, he lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters (v. 30). Lamech lived a total of 777 years; then he died (v. 31). When Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth (v. 32). Enoch escaped the curse of death, and Noah would comfort those under the curse.

Application

I will never know the important role I play in the plan of God as I share the Gospel with people and they are born into the family of God.

Genesis 5:25-32 (English Standard Version)

When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he fathered Lamech. Methuselah lived after he fathered Lamech 782 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Methuselah were 969 years, and he died. When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son and called his name Noah, saying, "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 lived after he fathered Noah 595 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Lamech were 777 years, and he died. After Noah was 500 years old, Noah fathered Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

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