As you skim the list of names in Genesis 5, how many would you say are noteworthy? Who in that list really stands out as being important?
Adam, Enoch, Methuselah, Noah?
What about Kenana? Or Mahalalel?
of the 13 names in that list, only half are considered to be important
people. The other half are simply names linking the important people to
one another. They're not important for anything they did.
feel bad for them though. We're not very important people either. Oh,
we might be important to the people in our families, but in the grand
scheme of things, we're probably just links in the chain of one
important person to another. We won't be remembered for any great deeds
of our own.
The interesting thing is that even the
unimportant people in Genesis 5 are still in Genesis 5! They're still
part of the list. Even though they never accomplished any noteworthy
feats, God still considers them noteworthy. God still remembers them.
good news is that God will remember you and me too. We don't have to be
important people to be important to God. We're still on His list, and
that's all that matters.