Purpose of this Session
It is clear from the book of Genesis that the environment and nature of life was very different before sin and the flood. Mankind was never intended for death. Sin, and the subsequent devastating consequences of rebellion against God soon lead to a sharp decline in the lifespan of early people.
A visual overview of the ages of the patriarchs, and some of the insights we can glean from them awaken provide wonderful insights for a believer.
It is interesting for example that even up to Lamech, Noah’s father, direct interaction with Adam, the first man, would have been a definite possibility.
Can you imagine the stories he would have told the generations about the sinless world, the Garden of Eden, God’s walking with Him in the cool of the day. And we can only begin to wonder at the depth of his heartbreak when he shared the awful details of his fall and the horrors that ensued.
These long ages were the result of the perfect environment afforded by the early world. This was significantly upset by the catastrophic events of the flood, and a sharp decline in longevity results. Also, death was never intended to be a part of man’s existence, and the work of sin and death, with its devastating results, were still in the early stages.