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The Preacher Who Walked to Heaven (4 of 34)
On Sunday nights I am leading our people in a study of the book of Genesis. We come this evening to the fifth chapter of Genesis. This fifth chapter of the book of Genesis could well be called the death chapter in the Bible. To read this chapter is like a trip to a crowded morgue or a stroll through a vast cemetery. As you read down through this book, which gives us the genealogies from Adam to Noah, you will discover that there is repetition here. Of those named, it will say about them, "He lived." It tells how long he lived and then it says, "He died." It is that recurring theme which immediately gets your attention. "And he died."
It's like the solemn tolling of a funeral bell. "And he died." Like the squeaky wheels of a funeral carriage. "And he died." Like the dropping of dirt clods upon a freshly laid coffin. "And he died." It's really a vindication of the Word of God. In the Garden of Eden God said, "Thou shalt not eat of this tree and the day you eat thereof, you will surely die." Satan came along and said, "You will not surely die." And he died. And he died. And he died.
It is also an illustration of our mortality. The Bible says in the book of Hebrews, "it is appointed unto man once to die. Someone has said that you and I are like a man standing on a seashore as the tide comes. As the waves come in, one after the other, a wave comes and covers over our grandfather and he dies. Then a wave comes and covers over our mother and she dies. The waves get closer and closer to us because it is appointed unto man once to die. It is an illustration of our mortality.
It is also an explanation of New Testament truth. In First Corinthians 15, verse 22 the Bible says, "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." There you have it. You have the Old Testament and the New Testament. You have the two families on the earth, the family of Adam and the family ...
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