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Friday, August 4, 2017

Seth: New Hope

August 4

(Genesis 4:25-26 NIV) "Adam lay with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, "God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him." {26} Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time men began to call on the name of the Lord."

(Luke 3:23, 33-38 NIV) "Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli…. {33} the son of Judah, {34} the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, {35} the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, {36} the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, {37} the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Kenan, {38} the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God."

The first couple, Adam and Eve, lost a lot when they chose to disobey God. They lost their innocence, their perfect home in Eden, and eventually, they lost two sons. Sin always costs us more than we ever thought we would have to pay. But even in the agony of defeat, God gives second chances and hope. For Adam and Eve, Seth was that second chance – that new hope. Seth was born into an imperfect world and a dysfunctional family. His parents were blame shifters. His older brother, Cain, was a murderer. His environment was hostile. But somehow, Seth got it right. While Cain’s line became more violent and carnal, Seth’s line began “to call on the name of the Lord.” They found their way back into a right relationship with God. From Seth’s godly line came men like Noah, Abraham, David… and oh, one more name worth mentioning… Jesus, Savior of all mankind. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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