Genesis – In the Beginning
By Carri Pratt
Chapter 5: Noah
“He named him Noah and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.” Genesis 5:29
According to BehindtheName.com, the name Noah has become the 4th most popular name in America. It ranks #1 in Belgium, #3 in Denmark and #4 in Australia. It is a Hebrew name meaning rest and comfort.
Parents generally see the importance of giving their child the perfect name because a name defines us, lives with us every day, and tells the world about us after we are gone.
Chapter 5 of Genesis is full of names. The number one complaint I have heard regarding reading the Bible is, “It is so hard to read because it is full of names!”
Let’s think about your name, your grandparent’s names, and your great-grandparent’s names. How about your great-great-grandparent’s names? Do you have anyone in your family tree that has done anything remarkable?
Jesus Christ has an amazing family tree. It goes all the way back to Adam. King David is included in the genealogy of Jesus. This is unique because in 2 Samuel 7:13 God gives King David a promise, “I shall establish the throne of his kingdom forever.” This promise was fulfilled in the coming of Jesus Christ.
So why so many names? According to Dr. R.C. Sproul, Renewing Your Mind radio program, “Among other things, the genealogical tables of the New Testament place the gospel squarely on the plane of history. Jesus was born "in the fullness of time"—His ministry is defined and interpreted against the background of Old Testament history.”
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