The lengthy life span in Genesis.
While reading Genesis, one of the things that surprises people are the life span of the early men that walked the earth.
Adam lived for 930 years, Seth lived for 912 years, Jared lived for 962 years, Lamech lived for 777 years, Noah lived for 950 years, etc.
After stating the years that the people have lived, the writer then on the ending statement, would write, “and he died.”
After the creation of man, God said, “You may eat freely of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day you eat of it you shall die.”
While people today may be surprised at how long these people have lived, the writer wasn’t.
On the contrary, the writer wasn’t surprised that people were living long, the writer was surprised that people were dying, and he’s expressing it by saying, “and he died.” People were dying due to sin.
Adam & Eve preferred selves over God when they listened to the serpent saying, “you will be like God,”
Sin is preferring selves over God. Disobedience to God leads to sin. God is the source of life, and life without God, is death.
How much do we trust God in our life? Do we think that all pleasurable things are good for us.
The are two major kinds of thinking in this world: one is the kind who does everything to satisfy oneself because they know that life on earth is not forever, even if it hurts other people; the other one is kind that thinks he only has a short time to do good to others and thus do good things. Which one are we?
It doesn’t matter whether we live a 100, 200, or a thousand years. What really counts is what did we do in this life.